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Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Butchers, boats and birds.

A quick walk round this morning, in the thick mist. And pretty cold too.

The butchers have been out again; and so were the boats.

But the birds; a little Wren had me amused this morning, scolding me while I stood by some reeds. Such a voice, for such a tiny thing. The Crows were after my apple again, and got some, so they were happy.
I was happy to see some Coal Tits down by the weir. Don’t see them very often here. Blue, Great and Long Tailed Tits were in abundance though; and plenty of Redwing too. A couple of large groups, flying into the trees, on the south lake.

The Little Grebes are still that end, along with some Tufted Duck and Pochard, and a few Jackdaws in the trees by the railway line.

A good morning, despite the boats and butchers.

Back later; off to my mums birthday celebration.

Full list of today’s sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Coal Tit (Periparus ater britannicus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)

Total species  35


  1. Excellent Keith! What on earth are those butchers/vandals playing at? I can't see it is necessary at all to butcher the place to that extent. Poor birds, they must be bewildered to find their familiar places gone :(

    No crashed boats today then ;)

    It looks like you have a job for life with the Crows and the apples, don't forget they remember faces :)

    Hope you enjoy the birthday celebrations.

  2. one consolation, since they didnt dig up the roots the plants will come back--Thats a nice path you have to walk along--
    Thanks for the Morning walk, Happy Birthday to your MUM!!

  3. Hi Keith...Your sure are having a great time with your video's aren'
    What a nice guy (bloke)you are going to Mum's party!! ; }

  4. What did I tell you Keith, You`ll soon have an uninterupted view from one end of the lake to the other !!

  5. Thank you all for the good wishes for my mum. Had a good afternoon, with plenty of food, and the odd drink.

    Thanks Jan. The butchering is excessive, but I guess it's down to inexperience, (they all look as though they've just left school), and time; it's quicker to just hack through it all with a chainsaw.
    Strangely enough, one of the row boats did crash into the side, right where I stood. I should have took pictures, but I was too busy grinning, much to their annoyance. lol

    Dixxe, thank you. Yea, the plants will be back, but unfortunately this years shelter and food source has gone. The side of that path used to have Snowberry bushes all along it, covered in berries.

    Thanks Grammie. Yea, enjoying doing the videos at the moment.
    The party was a little different to the old ones I used to go to lol

    Trevor, you're right. lol
    I'll stand on the road bridge, look left, then right through the binoculars, and be able to see right round the lake. Won't have to move far at all ;)

  6. Another brilliant and entertaining video. They clear scrub to let other plants in. This lot have either had an early christmas present of a scrub cutter or have only got half the story. Consevation means clearing patches.. Most places they now stack the cut vegetation for hedgehogs and frogs to overwinter in. Give them a call the number will be under V..for vandal.

  7. Cheers Adrian. I can think of a few letters they'd be found under lol