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Wednesday, 1 December 2010

The beginning and the end of the day

Update:  sorted video, with a little editing

Two trips to the lake today; enjoyable, but with work in the middle, very tiring.

The early morning sun shone like gold on the water first thing,

the ducks and geese, bathing in its glow. Just before the sun began shining in its glory, I did catch a glimpse of the female Smew, but unfortunately, once the light was better, I couldn’t find her again.
Plenty of Tufted Duck, Pochard, Wigeon, Mallard and Gadwall crammed under the road bridge again though. Canada and Greylag Geese were in good numbers too, and noisily heading to the fields, north of the lake.
I kept to the area under the bridge, for this morning, since most of the birds were there, and the north lake still mostly frozen. All too quickly it was time to leave, and get ready for work.

And after work? Well, still cold, but quite sunny, so a second fix. I stayed till the sun began sinking below the horizon,

casting another orange glow.
I could see plenty more gulls coming in to roost, and a Sparrowhawk did a couple of low flights above the ducks; but they didn’t seem too concerned. A single Lapwing was on the ice, with a few Lesser Black-backed Gulls, and Black-headed Gulls on the north lake.
And as the light began to fade fast, I decided to head home, for some warmth, and food.

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)
Smew (Mergellus albellus)
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)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)

Total species  38


  1. Hi Keith...those a beautiful images....but it looks very cold!!
    Warm Hugs!!

  2. Thanks Grammie, it was bitterly cold, with a freezing north wind.

  3. Keith,another great video update, and this time with drama thrown in....I really thought you were going to chance your luck on that ice!! Take care!

  4. The early sunlight on the water and the birds made a beautiful picture.
    You video camera works well in the low light conditions.

  5. Gorgeous sun color!!! I'm hoping to get out and find something interesting my home job work done for the week--so time for a little goofing off!

  6. Thanks Trevor. Nah, I'm too old to take chances like that any more lol
    Mind you, the water isn't that deep there ;)

    John, I can't fault the camera really, but I'd love a 'grown up one' lol

    Thanks Dixxe. Hope you manage to get out today :)

  7. It is cold, I wonder how many birds will survive this winter. I love the snow but it is hard for them

  8. I think there could be a lot of casualties Adrian, if this cold weather keeps up.