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

Friday, 3 December 2010


A visit to the lake this morning, in search of the female Smew; but no luck for me.
There was also a report yesterday of a Sanderling; but no luck for me again.

I had a quick look on part of the south lake, and found lots of Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Wigeon, Mallard and Pochard swimming around. The gull roost was at full strength, stretching across the lake, a Shoveler and a couple of Little Grebe, near the reeds, and through the binoculars, I picked out the 9 Goosander, up by the rowing club.
Not bad so far.

I moved on to the north lake, and decided to walk round that. A few more gulls had roosted on the ice, along with a couple of Lapwing, and a quick flash of blue, as a Kingfisher shot past.
A pair of Bullfinches in the trees, or what has been left of them, some Redwing, and Blue and Great Tits, and a Song Thrush, tucked inside one of the bushes, sheltering from the cold.

A lot of this part of the lake is still frozen, but the Coots and Tufted Duck, were managing to find some of the available water, along with good numbers of Canada Geese.
Great Spotted and Green Woodpecker, were both seen at the very north end, and as I got round by the pub, my friendly Crows had turned up, waiting to be fed.
It was soon time to go, but whilst at work, a text message from local birder Paul, informing me of a Greater Scaup, at the north lake, had me back there this afternoon.

Managed to see her; and what a big girl she is.

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)
Greater Scaup [sp] (Aythya marila)
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)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
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)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)

Total species  39


  1. Another Grand day out! I am hoping to be up and about getting out as well soon. Take care of yourself.

  2. Glad you are managing to keep up with the entertainment. I have only ever seen one green Woodpecker and that was feeding on the ground.

  3. That's really marvelous for the Greater Scaup. I've never seen one of those.

  4. Thanks Dale. Having some great visits here at the moment.

    It's tiring at times Adrian, but worth it.

    Thanks Bob. She was a lovely bird.

  5. Big Change in the scenery of the lake!! Great that you got to photograph the G. Scuap--fantastic!! Yippie its the weekend-

  6. Hi Keith...The Greater Scaup is a beauty..
    You have alot competition with those Canadian Geese.. they sure are loud!! lol
    You got yourself pretty good group of friends better always have something for them or there apt torun you down!! lol :}

  7. Nice Scaup Keith,
    haven't seen any of the ones we normally get this time of year yet.

  8. Thanks Dixxe. I hope it begins to thaw soon, so the birds can have their lake back.

    Thanks grammie. Costing me twice as much to feed the birds now; the ones at home, and the ones at the lake lol

    Thanks Roy. I was lucky I got to hear about this one. Glad I went back to see her.

  9. Hi Keith, The Greater Scaup looks good. This cold weather is certainly bringing in some surprises.

  10. Thanks Trevor. I've never known the lake so busy; especially with other birders lol
    Off there again before work, soon.