Personal musings, wanderings and sightings from around the lake.
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Saturday, 8 January 2011

Rainy Saturday

A dull miserable morning again, and rain.

Jim had a breakfast of filleted fish, the birds had their seed, the Mallards had some brown bread, and I had toast again.

I walked the south lake first, the idea was by the time I reached the far end, it should be a bit lighter. It was; a bit. a lot of Black-headed Gulls were up on the grass bank, but by the time I got anywhere close, a jogger came the other way, and sent them off.
Had a fair bit of rain the last few days, and the river has burst its banks, and flooded part of the footpath at the very bottom of the lake.

Three female Goosander were good to see, swimming together at the far end, and a lot of Tufted Duck and Coots about too.
Round past the boat shed, and back towards the car park, and the birds are much more spread out now, making it not so easy to pick them out.
I topped up the seed again, and carried on round the north lake. Pretty much the same as the south, except for no Goosander, but a male Goldeneye instead.

A big flock of gulls suddenly took to the air in panic, as a Sparrowhawk soared overhead; but he was more interested in the smaller birds in the trees ahead. He dropped suddenly like a bullet, and I lost him amongst the trees.

Quite a large flock of Lapwing flew overhead a couple of times, and a smaller flock of Goldfinches were bounding along from tree to tree.
The weir at the top end of the lake, was rushing along, and the river was swollen, bursting its banks, just like at the south lake.

Past the pub, and over the road bridge, towards the car park.

A few more joggers about now too, so time to call it a day.

Rainy Saturday from holdingmoments on Vimeo.

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)
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)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
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)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
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  37


  1. I think we are going to get a lot of water for a few weeks now Keith.

  2. There's nothing like a bit of joggering, but they do a naughty on the birds.

  3. Always the way after snow Roy; floods.
    Roll on summer! lol

  4. Thanks Bob. I've missed many birds thanks to the joggers lol