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

Saturday, 13 November 2010


A very early walk round the lake today. As it was just getting light, I watched lots of Black-headed Gulls taking to the air from the lake. I’m sure they roost here, along with some Lesser Black-backed, and Common Gulls.

Fantastic to watch. Tomorrow I’ll try and get closer, and do some video.

A lot of Tufted Duck flew in this morning, and managed a quick video of those. Overall the duck numbers seem to be down on the north lake, to what they were; but the south lake seem to have increased. Quite a few Pochard with the Tufted Duck, and the Shoveler was a welcome sight, and some Little Grebe.
A Robin sang me a serenade, while I watched some gulls on the water, and a small group of Long Tailed Tits made a very vocal appearance in one of the trees.

Car park had the usual Redwing, a few Magpies, and Goldfinches in the bushes. A lone Sparrowhawk overhead, a pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers, and a Green Woodpecker.

I’ll leave with a short video of the tufties flying in, and full list of sightings at the end.

Full list of today’s sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
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)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
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)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
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)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  36


  1. I do wish I could be a Lark instead of an Owl but I don't think it will ever happen :(

    Being an early bird certainly caught you the ducks though Keith and a nice list of other birds too! I enjoyed the video, I usually only see tufties on the water.

    Enjoy the rest of the weekend :)

  2. Thanks Jan. My dog is a great alarm clock. He doesn't let me sleep in; and now, he's fast asleep!! lol

  3. Hi Keith..The old saying I'm sure you have heard;
    "Early to bed early to rise makes a man health, wealthy, and wise" What a crock that is huh!!lol
    Sounds like a peaceful morning!!

  4. I didn't realize that the tufties traveled in such large flocks. Very cool to see in the video, Keith. We have snow on the ground! I took some photos and will try to post them later today along with the English sparrows and red squirrels at our feeders.


  5. That saying is wrong on all counts for me grammie lol

    I couldn't believe how many tufties there were Wilma. Great to watch.
    Snow?! Yuk! I don't mind pictures though lol

  6. Wow that is a long list!
    Anna :)

  7. Thanks Anna. It can quite a variety at times.