Personal musings, wanderings and sightings from around the lake.
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Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Cloudy Tuesday; and a few numbers

My sister came to visit me last Friday, and we had a walk round the lake in the afternoon. While we were wandering around, she remarked on the number of Swans on the lake. Curious to know just how many, I decided to count them this morning; as best I could.

28 on the north lake
36 on the south lake
a total of 64 birds.

This got me wondering how many Mallards too, since they always seem to be around.

54 on the north lake
38 on the south lake
a total of 92 birds

I had to do a trio, so I chose the Great Crested Grebe. 
These bird’s feathers were highly prized in the fashion industry for ladies hats, during the 19th century, and it was almost hunted to extinction by 1860. A group of women banded together in 1889, to protest at this ‘feather trade’, and the RSPB was born.

And the numbers on the lake today?

15 on the north lake
6        on the south lake
a total of 21 birds

And the rest of the birds?
I might count a few more another time, out of curiosity.
One that was easy to count, was the lone male Red Crested Pochard, still on the north lake.
About a dozen Redwing at the car park, 3 Bullfinches, 2 Grey Wagtails and 2 Kingfishers were some other interesting sightings this morning.

 Pied Wagtail, at the boat jetty, south lake.

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)
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina)
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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
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)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)

Total species  36


  1. I would love to see just one Kingfisher, two is greedy :)

    That Pied Wagtail looks like it ate all the pies!

  2. We've got at least 6 round the lake Jan. That's greedy lol

  3. HI Keith....I am so glad to see you had a good morning..
    Nice little bit of history on the ladies hats ..quite interesting!!
    I have seen some teenagers with hair that looked like the Crested Grebe only worse. lol
    Nice photos...catch up with you later.
    Hugs my friend!!

  4. Thanks grammie. I think the feathers look so much better on the bird. Well done to those ladies :)

  5. Wonderful. Your G-R Grebe is one of the best, good photos.

  6. Thanks Bob, glad you enjoyed that one.

  7. What great numbers!-- Love that shot of the little wagtail...

  8. Thanks Dixxe. Lovely little birds, but don't keep still for long. Constantly running around after insects. :)