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

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

A great day again

Cold, and a couple of times it tried to snow, but despite that, a great morning.

The usual ducks, crammed into the available water that wasn’t frozen, a fleeting glimpse of a Kingfisher, and an even more fleeting glimpse of a Sparrowhawk, as he shot into some trees along the edge of the lake. Must have had his eye on lunch.

The Crows were hustling for food again, a Shoveler on the north lake, by the pub, and round by Cormorant island, I counted a total of 11 Goosander.

A small flock of Fieldfare in the trees by the weir, and quite a few Long Tailed Tits around. But the real star today, came at the end, and I almost missed it, because I was about to go home.

I wandered back to the footbridge, by the car park, for one last, quick look.
And there, in the brambles, hunting for insects, what I thought was a Goldcrest at first. I took a little bit of video, and tried to get a few shots. (not brilliant, but you can see what it is). And it wasn’t until I looked on the camera, I realised it was Firecrest.

Another first for me at the lake.

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)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
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)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
Firecrest [sp] (Regulus ignicapilla)
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)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)

Total species  33


  1. Super videos again Keith, they just get better and better every day, some great shots of different bird behaviour .....I can see a cereer change comming any time soon, what will it be, I wonder, Crow trainer or wildlife cameraman? lol.

  2. Thanks Trevor. Crow trainer; hmmm, that'd be a challenge lol

  3. OH...great find on the reminds me of our golden crowned Kinglet- sort of--
    Have a great Thursday!

  4. The Firecrest was a nice find. Enjoyed the videos and the commentary .... I had the same problem trying to catch up with 5 Goosander today plus 50 or more Tufties.

  5. Hi Keith...loving those videos...
    If those bird get to hungry I'd be careful; especially when they start circle around you lol!!
    Giving you a "High-five" on seeing the Firecrest!!
    Warm Hug!!

  6. Another first Keith, well done on the Firecrest.

  7. Dixxe, thanks. Only seen pictures of your 'Kinglet', and they do look very similar.

    Cheers Frank. First one I've seen in years. Very pleased.

    Grammie, glad you enjoy the videos. I must slow down a bit on them though, it takes forever to do lol

    Thanks Roy. Really pleased with the Firecrest. Didn't think they were about this close to me.