Personal musings, wanderings and sightings from around the lake.
A little history, and about the lake, at the bottom of the page.

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Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Last day of November

I can’t keep away from here.

Had some overnight snow; not very much, just enough to make everywhere look wintry. I decided on a very quick visit to the north lake, and a look under the road bridge where a lot of the ducks had been gathered.

Almost the first bird I saw, was the female Smew. Good to see her still there. A lot of Tufted Duck, Mallard, Wigeon and Gadwall there too, and a few Great Crested Grebes, along with some Little Grebes.
I followed the path around the lake, but most of the water was still frozen. The Kingfisher who fishes up by the island, flew across the path, probably searching for somewhere to fish. My companions, the Crows, were around, and a couple of Herons looking rather forlorn and fed up.



With nothing to see on the ice, apart from a few Moorhen and Black-headed Gulls walking about, I quickly got back to the road bridge, and a better view of what was in the unfrozen water. A Shoveler was swimming amongst the ducks there, I presume the one from further down the south lake, and a Goosander took off in the distance, and flew overhead. A few Cormorants, and a lot of Coots, and then it was almost time to leave.

A good visit, even though it was rushed.






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)
Smew (Mergellus albellus)
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 Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
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)

Total species  24

Monday, 29 November 2010

Last visit for a while

A bitterly cold morning, and since Jim had me awake early, and I didn’t have to be in work till 10 a.m. ………………………………..

Well, I couldn’t keep away. I scraped the frost and ice from the car windscreen, and headed over to the lake. I concentrated on just the water birds this morning, I only had about an hour, before I had to leave, and get ready for work, pick up a prescription, and make an appointment to see a doctor, about a reaction to some of the tablets I’m on.

So, a rushed visit, but glad I went.
All the birds were concentrated under the road bridge, since that hadn’t frozen over yet. It was still dark when I got there, but I figured by about 7, it might be getting just light enough to see what was on the water.

Black-headed Gulls were leaving their roost, and flying overhead, along with a few Canada and Greylag Geese, heading to the fields to the north. With so many ducks crammed into a small area it was quite noisy; even above the traffic thundering overhead.

A Kingfisher made an appearance on the other side of the lake, and sat in the bushes for a while. After a few minutes, another appeared, but was quickly chased away. I’m guessing the second bird was looking for somewhere to fish, since his territory was frozen over.

Wigeon were whistling, and the Coots and Mallards were calling, and then the Crows arrived. Like old friends, they turned up to see what food I had. They were in luck. A bag of seed in my pocket, gave them a quick breakfast.

And then, unfortunately, it was time to go. Not as many birds seen as usual, but enough to keep me going for today.





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)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)

Total species  20


Sunday, 28 November 2010

Another good one.

Today was bitterly cold. So cold, some of the birds had frost on their backs!



Most of the north lake was frozen, which meant the birds came down to the middle, under the road bridge. Coot, Pochard, Canada Geese, Gadwall, Wigeon, Mallard; they were all there. And something different. Had me foxed at first,



but had it confirmed later, by a local birder, Paul, that it was a female Smew. A great find for the lake.
Further round the north, it was pretty sparse, with the odd Black-headed Gull wandering across the ice. One spot that wasn’t frozen, had a female Goldeneye, swimming aimlessly around. Perhaps she was looking for the males?

It was quite sad to see so much frozen water though. The waterfowl, Kingfishers, Herons and Cormorants need to fish each day, to survive. If it all freezes over, then it doesn’t bare thinking about.

Onto the south lake, which didn’t seem quite as frozen, a single male Goosander was swimming in the middle of the lake. At the bottom end, I was surprised to see that it was frozen. This is surrounded by bushes and trees; I would have thought it quite sheltered, but the icy grip had it.

Some more Siskins seen in the Alders, and a few Long Tailed Tits, as I made my chilly way back to the car.

But the Smew made it all worthwhile. What a beautiful redhead she was.









This may be the last post for about a week. Back to work tomorrow.



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)

Common Teal [sp] (Anas crecca)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Common Goldeneye [sp] (Bucephala clangula)
Smew (Mergellus albellus)
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)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
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)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)

Total species  33

Saturday, 27 November 2010

That’s a first

Jim woke me at 3 a.m. this morning, so that was it; up early. It was cold, and cloudy, and by 5 a.m. a light dusting of snow.

A lot of Tufted Duck and Coot about this morning, and as I made my way round the lake, a total of four Kingfishers were seen today. A lot of the lake is starting to freeze over in places; something I’ve never noticed so early in the winter before.

A quick flash of a Snipe today; (they sometimes lurk at the north end, round the edges), and a few small flocks of Redwing, raiding the berries in the bushes, much to the annoyance of the Blackbirds.
And the boat people were about, putting a few of the ducks into the air. Must have been too cold for them today though, because they didn’t seem to be rowing for very long.

But it was the south lake today, which held the biggest surprises. Two Goldeneye, and three Teal. The first time I have ever seen Teal here.
A lone Shoveler, a couple of Little Grebe, half a dozen Pochard, and a few Tufted Duck, made up the numbers at the very end of the lake.

Walking round by the trees, I found a small group of Fieldfare with some Redwing, gorging on the berries; and another surprise was a flock of about 50 Siskins, that landed in the Alders.




 Siskin, taken under nightmare conditions.


Despite the cold, and the boats, a good morning. Two part video today; yea, sorry, I got carried away.







Full list of today’s sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Common Teal [sp] (Anas crecca)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Common Goldeneye [sp] (Bucephala clangula)
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)
Common Snipe [sp] (Gallinago gallinago)
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 Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)


Total species  35


Friday, 26 November 2010

Bit of a bonus

I wasn’t going to go round the lake this morning, because I had a meeting at work, but since Jim woke me at a ridiculous hour of the night, I though , ‘what the hell!’
A quick blast round the north lake.

No sign of the Goldeneye, or the Goosander; I guess they’ve moved on.
But plenty of Redwing flying over, and Wood Pigeons. A lone Sparrowhawk too; always worth looking up occasionally.

Tufted Duck, Pochard and a few Gadwall, still on the north lake, along with Cormorants and a few herons; and two Kingfishers seen this morning.

While I was out, I got a quick text message, to say the meeting has been cancelled. Monday, when I go back, it will be done then. Since I was freezing cold by then, I decided on just the north lake, then a quick exit. Some shopping was needed, and some more pills to collect later.

Always tomorrow





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)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
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)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
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)

Total species  33

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Cold

A late post today; YouTube was being a pain.

A light frost, sun later, then clouding up. And very cold. Wouldn’t surprise me to see a flew flakes of snow soon.

There were plenty of gulls huddled together on the roost this morning, and all the usual noisy participants. Cormorants roosting in the trees on the island, and Tufted Duck everywhere you looked.
A few Pochard here and there, along with Gadwall and Wigeon; and the male Goldeneye still on the lake. So was the male Goosander. I’m gonna miss all this when I return to work next week.

Highlight for today, had to be the two Cormorants, that seemed to be fishing as a pair.
One had an enormous fish, practically as big as he was.





Unfortunately I had to shoot into the sun, and missed most of the action. They seemed to be dropping it into the water, re catching it, and throwing it about. Maybe to stun it? Not sure, but fascinating to watch.

A lone Lapwing flew overhead, a lone Sparrowhawk, and about a dozen Redwing, flitting from tree to tree.
Spotted two Kingfishers this morning, so at least they are still around, and a couple of Jays up in the trees too.
Cold, but good.


A two part video today, because tomorrow I have to go into work, to sort out for next weeks return, so no lake visit on Friday.






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)
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)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
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)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  38

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Excellent morning

Quite a frost this morning, and very cold.
I got to the gull roost about 6:45 a.m., and watched the hundreds that were there for a while. Very vocal they were too; and as I made my way back towards the north lake, a Little Egret flew onto the island used by the Cormorants. A good start to the day.

A pair of Bullfinches in what bushes are left, by the car park, and by the road bridge, in the reeds, a couple of Little Grebe again. Plenty of Tufted Duck, with the Mallard, and a few Swans, and a couple of Crows flew down, thinking I had food again. They’re getting rather tame, and quite bold.

A quick glimpse of a Kingfisher was a welcome sight; I’d not seen one for a while, and a few Wood Pigeons were flying overhead. I made my way to where the Goldeneye was yesterday, and sure enough, he was still there.



Watched him for a while, and then carried on round the lake. Canada Geese and Cormorants were up by the weir end, along with some Wigeon and Gadwall.
And something bigger! A look through the binoculars confirmed what I thought it was; a male Goosander. I watched him for ages, then he decided it was time for breakfast, and caught a fish. Great to watch.




I watched a while longer, and sent a text to a friend, so he could get the news out to fellow birders. What a great morning this was turning out to be.

A Sparrowhawk flew overhead, and a few Redwing landed in some trees.
Onward towards the south lake, stopping off briefly by the pub, to feed some ducks, gulls, and my friendly Crows.

An excellent morning.






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)
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)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
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)
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)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris britannica)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)

Total species  41



A contribution to World Bird Wednesday  


Tuesday, 23 November 2010

A few birds

A dull morning to begin with, but the sun broke through later; but very cold.
The gull roost was very noisy this morning, with quite a few there. Something I noticed; they all faced north, (a gull Mecca?), with the Lesser Black-backed and larger gulls in the middle of the lake, and the smaller, Black-headed Gulls, consigned to the edges.

Quite a few Herons around, but none with fish today.



Lots of Long Tailed Tits amongst what bushes are left now, Robins and Blackbirds, with Blue Tits and Great Tits making up the rest.
A couple of large flocks of Lapwings flew over, and a Sparrowhawk glided high over the edge of the lake.

Plenty of Tufted Duck, Pochard, Wigeon and Gadwall, on both the north and south lake, and a new arrival today; a male Goldeneye, turned up on the north lake.



Little Grebe at the south lake, and a couple by the road bridge, in the reeds, and Great Crested Grebe are all around the lake. Good to see so many.




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)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Common Goldeneye [sp] (Bucephala clangula)
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)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  37

Monday, 22 November 2010

Monday morning

A very quick visit this morning, (had a doctors appointment later), so just the north lake, and not very much seen.
One surprise though, was a couple of Little Grebe under the road bridge, by some reeds. Unusual to see them there. The gulls were not playing ball this morning, they were the opposite side to where I went. Didn’t seem so many either.

Plenty of Tufted Duck though, and on one of the islands favoured by the Cormorants, I counted 60 up in the trees. With all the ones flying around and fishing, I’d guess at least a couple of hundred. Between them and the Herons, it’s a wonder the poor fishermen catch anything. Shame that.

I did see a Heron with a sizeable fish,



but as I tried to get closer for some decent shots, somebody decided to walk down the path from the other side. 'Oh well, never mind', I said to myself.

The Coots seemed to be behaving today, only minor skirmishes, but the vandals were out with chainsaws again; and some younger ones without, last night.



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)
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)
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)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)

Total species  26

Sunday, 21 November 2010

A wet Sunday

It was very misty when I got up this morning, but by the time I was getting ready to go to the lake, it had started to rain. I went anyway.

The gulls are still being elusive on the roost, but I will get some decent video one day.
Plenty of Greylag and Canada Geese this morning, along with the Swans and Mallards. Tufted Duck in good numbers too, along with Coots. I filmed a couple having a scrap, but I’ll put that on the other blog I think.

Quite a few Gadwall now, and Herons seem to be all around the lake. Pochard and Wigeon make up the rest of the duck population. A lone Lapwing flew over, and a Buzzard was getting some grief from two Black-headed Gulls, a Magpie and a Crow, that were intent on making sure he didn’t stay. It must be tough to be a raptor.

A couple of Bullfinches were good to see, a Treecreeper foraging in some bushes, and about four different groups of Redwing around.

A good walk this morning.






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)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
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)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
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)
British Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris britannica)
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  38

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Butchers, boats and birds.

A quick walk round this morning, in the thick mist. And pretty cold too.

The butchers have been out again; and so were the boats.

But the birds; a little Wren had me amused this morning, scolding me while I stood by some reeds. Such a voice, for such a tiny thing. The Crows were after my apple again, and got some, so they were happy.
I was happy to see some Coal Tits down by the weir. Don’t see them very often here. Blue, Great and Long Tailed Tits were in abundance though; and plenty of Redwing too. A couple of large groups, flying into the trees, on the south lake.

The Little Grebes are still that end, along with some Tufted Duck and Pochard, and a few Jackdaws in the trees by the railway line.

A good morning, despite the boats and butchers.


Back later; off to my mums birthday celebration.




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)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
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)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
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 Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Coal Tit (Periparus ater britannicus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)

Total species  35

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Gulls again and some friendly Mallards

I can’t resist this gull roost. It’s amazing. A bonus of hundreds of Starlings leaving their roost this morning, and a flyover of some Lapwings. Not sure where the Starling roost is; I’ll have to look into that.

Plenty of Coot and Tufted Duck about this morning, along with Pochard on the south lake. A couple of Jays were a welcome sight, and a Heron catching a fish; but no picture, I was too busy watching to take pictures.

Vandals…….sorry, workmen, have been clearing some more of the bushes. There’ll be nothing left at this rate. The area where the Bittern turned up a couple of years ago has been savaged, so I don’t suppose he’ll be back in a hurry. Shame.

And I fed some Mallards today. Some of them are too bold for their own good I think.

Couple of videos today; I might not be round the lake tomorrow.







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)
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)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)

Total species  37