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Tuesday, 4 January 2011

A quick visit

Jim’s not his usual self this morning, so a very quick visit, till I could get him to the vet.

Fed the Mallards and the Crows under the road bridge, put some seed on the car park bridge, and then walked down to the bottom of the south lake.
The sunrise was quite a good one again, and I watched a Buzzard for a while, until it got lighter, and then made my way back towards the car.

By the rowing club, the ducks are quite spread out now, but I managed to pick out the Black Swan easily. Plenty of Mallard, Tufted Duck, a few Wigeon, and Mute Swans.
Brief glimpses of a pair of Goldeneye, and Little Grebe; they seem to constantly dive.

Back at the car park bridge, most of the seed had been eaten. I’ll have to start bringing 2 bags every day at this rate.
The usual tits and finches, and some Reed Buntings.
Then back home.

Latest on Jim……..he has a pain in his stomach area, so an x-ray, (showed nothing), pain killer injection, (doesn’t seem to have worked yet), and some blood tests. I’ll get the results while I’m at work, about 4 p.m.

Full list of today’s sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)
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)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  34


  1. Praying for Jim. And you. And, sending you hugs!

  2. So sorry to read Jim is not too well Keith :( I do hope it is nothing serious.

  3. Hi Keith...I do hope that there is nothing seriously wrong with Jim!!
    Comfort hugs!!!

  4. I hope that Jim is alright, give him a kiss from me.

  5. Fingers crossed its not too serious Keith, our doggy buddies mean the earth to us and worry the hell out of us when they are off colour.

  6. Thanks everyone for your concern and good wishes for Jim.
    I came home from work after an hour, to be with him. He wasn't making any progress, and I took him back to the vet at 5:30.
    They are going to do an ultra scan now, and I'm waiting to hear from them.
    I think they will keep him in overnight.

    I miss him already.

  7. Further update.

    Just had a call from the vet.

    Jim has an inflamed pancreas, hence all the pain he's in, so will be put on a drip to flush through whatever he's picked up, a couple of pain killers, and kept in for tonight, and maybe tomorrow night. Hopefully back to his normal self after that.

  8. Thank goodness they have found out what is wrong! Poor Jim, I do hope he improves soon Keith. It is horrible when a beloved pet is ill.

  9. My previous dog once had a pancreas problem. A couple of days on a drip at the vets followed by a careful diet and she was as right as rain afterwards. Hope Jim is feeling a bit better and will soon be back with you.

  10. Thanks for the updates on Jim. I hope he makes a full and rapid recovery. I forgot to ask you earlier when you posted a photo of him - is he part chow?

  11. Jan, John and Wilma, thank you.

    The vet will ring today, before mid day, with some news on Jim. I'm hoping good news. The place seems so empty without him this morning.

    Wilma, Jim is supposed to be a cross between a Staff and Rottweiler.....looks nothing like either lol
    He's a big hairy softy, who always wants to play, and despite being 12, still thinks he's a puppy. :)

  12. Sad to hear Jim is sick, and glad to read in the comments that he is getting the treatment he needs to get well! Will be thinking of him and you!

  13. Best wishes to Jim, Keith. I apologize for this late post but I came searching after I didn't see you post on WBW. It was one of those somethings not right feelings. Take care both of you.
    Best wishes Andrew.

  14. Andrew, thank you very much for your concern.
    Jim is gradually doing a bit better each day, so far. He's on a diet of chicken and TLC at the moment. :)

  15. Thanks Adrian. One of my worst moments while he was ill. So glad he's better now.