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

Monday, 3 January 2011

A chill in the air

A definite chill in the air this morning, and with hoards of joggers deciding to make the lake a venue for a race, I just had a quick visit today.

A nice sunrise to start though.

I concentrated just on the south lake today; I fed the Mallards under the road bridge, and the Crows, and topped up the seed twice on the footbridge. Half a dozen Reed Buntings there, which was good to see,

along with the Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Blue and Great tits.

The highlights of a too brief visit, included two Buzzards at the bottom of the south lake, by the railway line; a pair of Goldeneye, and a pair of Goosander.

Most people back at work tomorrow, and me, so hopefully a quieter morning.

A chill in the air from holdingmoments on Vimeo.

Full list of today’s sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)
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 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)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  36


  1. what a glorious sunrise! beautiful birds, as well. :)

    have a good day at work!

  2. Hi Keith...You sure can stir up quite a commotion.....they must love seeing you coming!!
    I love those Swans ..they may be common there but for me they are beautiful...they look so elegant!!
    Part of your video ...I will not touch to comment on with a ten foot pole. Hahahaha!!!

  3. Another excellent video Keith.
    So, according to Mr. and Mrs. Mallard, spring has sprung!!
    You didn`t fancy a bit of jogging yourself then? lol.

  4. You are right Keith, there was definitely a chill around today and I thought it was going to be mild. Nice to see Reed Buntings anyway.

  5. Thanks Jen. 'Work' and 'good' don't go well together with me lol
    I'll try though ;)

    Thanks grammie. Yea, these videos should carry an 'X' certificate sometimes lol

    Cheers Trevor. Yea, spring is in the air lol
    I'm hoping to capture the Goldeneye ritual soon.
    As for jogging, hmmmmm; pass lol

    Thanks Roy. Yea, the air was certainly cold this morning.
    I'm lucky to have quite a few Reed Buntings here. The seed is certainly bringing them out in the open.

  6. WOW those sun rays are special---an X rating on the Video thats funny--so you may be a godfather come spring--

  7. Thanks Dixxe. Yea, I'll look forward to the patter of webbed feet lol