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Friday, 31 December 2010

Last day of the year

A very, very quick visit this morning, the same as all this week; the main purpose being to top up the car park bridge with seed. It’s good to see some left each morning; that means with the thaw, the birds are finding natural food again, but the seed helps out.

It’s been very foggy each morning this week, and today was no exception. The ice slowly continues to melt, and the south lake water area gets bigger each day.

Work calls very soon, but before I go I’d like to say thanks to everyone who stops by, and comments. This will be 104th post since I started this blog, back in August, 21st.

A new day and year tomorrow, and no work, so I can really spend some time at the lake tomorrow.
For now, though, thank you to all the wonderful people I’ve met at the lake, through the year, and thank you to everyone who stops by here, at the blog.

I wish you all a very healthy and happy New Year.

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)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
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)
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)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  26


  1. Have a great New Year, better than the last one.

  2. Thanks Roy. All the best to you and your family.

    Adrian, have a great and safe New Year.

    Thank you Bob. Have a great New Year too.

  3. Hi Keith...It has been great getting to know you this year and I so have enjoyed you photos and video's. I wish you all the best of health and many hours of enjoying being behind the lens of a camera..."Happy New Year my friend "

  4. Thank you grammie. Very kind of you to say that.
    All the best to you for the New Year too.
    And a 'HUG'

  5. You had a great list from your local this yr. ON to the FUTURE!!

  6. You have had quite the year, Keith. I am looking forward to more of your posts in 2011. Here's to a happy and healthy new year.


  7. Thanks Dixxe. I've enjoyed every visit there.
    Out again soon, when I've walked Jim :)
    All the best for the New Year.

    Thank you Wilma. It's been a great year.
    Best wishes to you and your family in 2011.

  8. Happy New Year Keith. I follow your blog daily, & have some good birds as a result. Keep birding. May see you there someday.

    Roy C

  9. Thanks Roy. All the best for the new year; and yea, we may bump into each other one day. I'm always there ;)