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

Friday, 10 December 2010

End of the week

A much better morning, almost tropical, compared to the beginning of the week. A thaw is on, and I’m sure the birds are happy with that.

A quick walk round the north lake first, after putting some seed on the footbridge, by the car park. The Canada Geese were on the bank, grazing with a few Wigeon, at the top end of the lake; and a few Goosander in the water, with the rest of the ducks.

A couple of Kingfishers, a Sparrowhawk, Tufted Duck, Mallards, Pochards Gadwall, and of course, the Crows made up most of the rest.

Down to the south lake, and a few assorted gulls, and groups of Redwings flying overhead. At the very bottom of the lake, close to where I saw the Bittern, a couple of days ago, another good find; a lone Water Rail, picking his way through the reeds.

 In my excitement the settings were totally wrong, the focus was way out, but………..
Well, you can see the shape. I’ll do better next time.

More Goosander up past the boat sheds, near the houses, and a Goldeneye, out in the middle of the lake.

When I got to the footbridge, the seed was almost gone, and plenty of Chaffinch, Greenfinch, a few Goldfinch were finishing off what was left.
A couple more handfuls put down for them, and then it was time to go.

Full list of today’s sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Greater Scaup [sp] (Aythya marila)
Common Goldeneye [sp] (Bucephala clangula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
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)
Water Rail [sp] (Rallus aquaticus)
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)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
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)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)

Total species  38


  1. Great stuff Keith, what a wonderful week you`ve had, I think that`s almost one "new find" per day. Well done :)

    I think I`m becoming a lazy birder you know, as I just sit here, checking your blog every hour or so, in anticipation of your next post!

    Keep `em coming mate. (I just wish I had your dedication).

  2. Love the profile on the merganser and I can def see that rail in there...Glad you got a thaw going on, good for the birdies!!

  3. Hi Keith.. love your new header.. very nice!!
    Your are getting better and better at the video thing!! You may have a new career yet!!

    Be careful looking up with those birds flying over your head and then watch for what your stepping in under foot!!lol ; }

  4. You get better. Shouldn't ask but will, do you voice over after the edit?

  5. Thanks Trevor. Yea, a great week so far, and still got tomorrow to go; and a day off work, so I can really spend some time there. :)

    Thanks Dixxe. Yea, a bit annoyed with that Water Rail shot, messing up like that lol

    Thank you grammie. Whenever I look up at the birds, when they fly over I think, 'one day' lol

    Cheers Adrian. The commentary is done as I film it, but sometimes I can't use some of it. I get a little too excited lol

  6. The Goosander is excellant Keith and it's a pity about the Water Rail, still, can see it some other time.

  7. Geese, I think they only do that on take off Keith.{:)

  8. Thanks Bob. Yea, now I know where to find the Water Rail, I can try a bit harder :)

    Thanks Roy. I love the sound they make in the mornings, when they are all gathered together. Reminds me of a busy market place lol