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

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

A few birds

A dull morning to begin with, but the sun broke through later; but very cold.
The gull roost was very noisy this morning, with quite a few there. Something I noticed; they all faced north, (a gull Mecca?), with the Lesser Black-backed and larger gulls in the middle of the lake, and the smaller, Black-headed Gulls, consigned to the edges.

Quite a few Herons around, but none with fish today.

Lots of Long Tailed Tits amongst what bushes are left now, Robins and Blackbirds, with Blue Tits and Great Tits making up the rest.
A couple of large flocks of Lapwings flew over, and a Sparrowhawk glided high over the edge of the lake.

Plenty of Tufted Duck, Pochard, Wigeon and Gadwall, on both the north and south lake, and a new arrival today; a male Goldeneye, turned up on the north lake.

Little Grebe at the south lake, and a couple by the road bridge, in the reeds, and Great Crested Grebe are all around the lake. Good to see so many.

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)
Common Goldeneye [sp] (Bucephala clangula)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
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)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  37


  1. Another great video Keith, I think it`s a bit mean though,only one apple shared between the four of you!!
    I wonder how many people living by the lake appreciate, or even notice, the wealth of wildlife literally on their doorstep.

  2. Hi Keith...nice hearing the chirping of the birds on the video this morning. Always a happy sound!
    Its a gloomy day here; good you have sun.
    Over 2 inches of snow fell in northern Maine;about 4 hours from here; says my oldest daughter who lives up there!! Thats brrr!!
    Warm Hugs!!

  3. I don't know how such variety ends up in your neck of the woods. I go to wetlands that are totally undisturbed and am lucky if I see anything but Mallard. A wonderous place you live in.

  4. Your right Trevor; I think I'll have to start taking a bag of apples with me. lol

    Thanks Grammie. The bird song always gives me a lift in the mornings. Snow is forecast over here by the end of the week. Hope they're wrong.

    Adrian, it's a little gem of a place. A lot of people round here just don't realise.

  5. I am becoming very envious of your lake Keith, is it within walking distance of your home? I will be even more envious if it is. There is nothing at all on that scale and with so much interest near me :(

    That Goldeneye is a beauty, there were some at Draycote recently but I wasn't able to get there. I have never seen one :(

    It was lovely to hear the birdsong on the video and that is a lovely photo of the Heron :)

  6. It must be lovely to be able to name everything you see. The video was very informative with the added commentary.

    Cracking head and neck shot of the Heron.

  7. Thanks Jan. The lake is about 25 minutes walk from me; I take the car lol
    Well, I do walk round it about one and a half times, (it's just over 2 and half miles right round) ;)

    Thank you John. Some birds I get stuck on, especially gulls, and those that just fly overhead like missiles lol

  8. Wonderful shots!
    You would be welcome to contribute and help to begin a new endevour called "World Bird Wednesday" a chance for bird photographers to share and spread word of their blogs to others!
    Visit and check it out!

  9. Thats a nice capture of a Goldeneye Keith.
    Not seen one of those for quite a while now.

  10. Springman, thank you for that invite, I'll check it out. :)

    Roy, they don't stop off here very often, and not for very long either. I'll enjoy his visit while I can.