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

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Sunday morning

Had plenty of time today, no work to rush back for, so a leisurely stroll, starting at the south lake, for a change.
A few gulls about, leaving the roost, and a couple of Herons disturbed, as I walked the edge. A lot of Little Grebes seen today too; I counted 13 altogether. A large flock of Redwing flew over down at the bottom end of the lake, and there were good numbers of Coots, Tufted Duck, Wigeon and Gadwall, all around the lake.
A Shoveler was down at the bottom end, and a pair of Goosander up by the houses, just past the rowing club. Yea, the boat people were out too, keeping the birds moving. Quite a few Black-headed Gulls round there also.

Onto the north lake, and my Crows were waiting for food, as usual. A few handfuls of seed kept them happy, and the Mallards too. They seem to have latched onto the idea now.
They must think, ‘Oh, here comes that soft touch; food.’

A couple of Lapwing were on the ice, along with a few gulls, and quite a few Tufted Duck this end too. Up on the grass, at the side of the lake, a big party of Wigeon were grazing, and more Canada Geese as well.

It was a chilly morning, a little mist in the air, but very enjoyable.

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)
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)
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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
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)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  36


  1. Hi Keith ...the video this morning was very nice.
    Peaceful scenes, with many birds around.
    I wonder why it is that Mallards seem to be the friendliest of the ducks!!
    Hope to get to you later;
    Hugs for now!!

  2. Thanks grammie. I reckon the Mallards are so used to people feeding them bread, they associate humans with food. I love 'em lol

  3. Great video Keith,with such an abundance of wildlife it must be difficult to know where to point your camera? super work, keep `em coming mate.

  4. Thanks Trevor. It certainly is getting busy here at the moment. So much to see.
    I'd love to get one of those 'grown up cameras' lol

  5. Perhaps Father Christmas could help, lol.

  6. Keith, having read the previous comments it isn't the camera but the commentator. You could make rain or even, god forbid, cricket or curling spell binding. My advice bang some at the BBC. You are good enough unscripted.

  7. Thanks Adrian for your kind words. I doubt the beeb would be interested though lol

  8. Good evening Keith..its been a cold weekend here I filled up my feeders this afternoon we havent had near the numbers at the feeders as in the past...I cant quite explain why-
    You have an impressive list of sightings for your trouble today and I always enjoy the commentary!! Very good!!

  9. Thanks Dixxe. My first job of the day, is topping up the feeders, and putting out fresh water. Had a lot of birds visiting recently, I guess they expect their food to be here lol
    The lake has been really good recently, with plenty of birds to see.

  10. Ahh, what a nice man you are taking seed every day to keep the poor birds going in this severe weather :)

    Most enjoyable video again and so much going on at your lake, no wonder you are addicted to visiting it! Those Goosander really are beautiful birds and I love to hear the Canada Geese honking and the lovely sound of the Swans.

    I had to laugh about the shoes ;)

  11. Thanks Jan. Had to give the lake a miss today. Had some things to catch up on, but back there tomorrow, with more food :)
    I was sooooo tempted with those shoes lol

  12. I could tell what a struggle you had to leave the shoes be. ;-) Great video.

  13. Thanks Wilma. It would have been revenge for the birds being disrupted...........but I resisted lol