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

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Misty morning

A thick mist this morning, so bang went the idea of filming the gulls roosting on the south lake. I couldn’t see anything.
I settled for the usual walk round instead.
At the car park, Blackbirds, Robins, Wrens, Goldfinches and a couple of Bullfinches, got the morning started, and the ghostly shapes flying through the mist turned out to be Black-headed Gulls, that were invisibly leaving the roost.
A few Herons around the lake, plenty of Coots, although their numbers do seem to be down a bit, and a Kingfisher glided across the lake, in his usual spot. I’ll get pictures of him one day.
Small group of Fieldfare flew overhead when I reached the south lake, and a Goldcrest foraging in some trees with a party of Long Tailed Tits. Always pays to check the Tit flocks for other ‘guests’.
A few Pochard at this end too, along with the Tufted Duck.

Full list of today’s sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
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)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
Goldcrest [sp] (Regulus regulus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris britannica)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)

Total species  36


  1. 36 is a very impressive number! That is a thick mist for sure, the video is really great with the soft sounds of morning in the background...we had our first Freeze last night, I left 2 geraniums out so Im hoping those will bounce back!

  2. Just beauttiful. I was over on youtube and left you message as well.

  3. Very much the 'season of mists and mellow fruitfulness' ;)

  4. Hi Keith..Misty and beatiful morning with the sun peaking through!!
    Hope that helps keep the stress down for a bit ...I know it would work for me!!

  5. That mist was too thick to see anything much first thing this morning Dixxe. Always looks nice though :)

    Thank you for the comments Lisa, and on YT. :)

    It certainly is John. Next up will be the frost and snow :(

    Thanks Grammie. Yea, the stress levels have been a bit high recently lol

  6. That was a misty old morning, well done for braving it! Lovely atmospheric video.

    A nice list again too. I haven't seen any Fieldfares or Redwings so far this time but am hoping they might turn up in the garden again if the weather turns Wintry.

  7. Thanks Jan. I think just a matter of time before you start to see some winter thrushes. Certainly a few about now.

  8. It's a bad old morning, but not too much for you Keith. You never have missed anything, in fact, you have a wide list of them, 36, wow.

  9. Thanks Bob. It just made it a bit harder to see them, till it cleared. ;)

  10. Not nice,a goodish weekend up here but very cold. Still you had a productive morning.

  11. Cheers Adrian. Yea, the mist makes it harder to see some of the birds at times. I'm waiting for a mist free morning, to check out the gull roost.