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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

Saturday

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

7 comments:

  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 :)

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

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  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!!
    Hugs!!

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  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.

    cheers,
    Wilma

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  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

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

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

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