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

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Sleigh bells

A visit before work this morning. I was hoping for a sunny morning, but it was a bit misty; and very frosty.

Left some seed on the bridge, and walked round the south lake first. A lot of Tufted Duck and Black-headed Gulls, a few Great Crested Grebe, and Blackbirds. About half a dozen Fieldfare flew overhead, and then I heard the sound of sleigh bells, as I got near the offices.
A dozen Waxwings noisily flew overhead, their unmistakeable sound giving them away. A shame they didn’t settle, but very few berry trees here; instead they carried on. A great tick for the lake nonetheless.

As I got to the first block of houses, past the rowing club, two female Goosander left the water, and flew past, back in the direction I’d just came from. More Tufted Duck and Coots, and a few Mute Swan, were swimming round, hoping I had some food.

Back at the footbridge, more seed, then on round the north lake.

A couple of Lapwings, and a Sparrowhawk were the best of the north lake; along with a Jay, and a few Wigeon. The river is still up high, and the weir is flowing very strongly at the moment. Seems to be a lot of water around. 

As I got back to the footbridge again, the sun began to break its way through the mist.

Too bad I had to go, and get ready for work.

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)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
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 Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Bohemian Waxwing [sp] (Bombycilla garrulus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
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. It is a bit cool.............nice to see a video again. My internet connection has been too slow to watch them.

  2. Hi Keith..Sure looks frosty..
    I really like the way the two photos look, and the crest on the Lapwing was really showing good on the video.
    It is 32 degrees this morning what a difference from the past 4 mornings that where below zero!
    Hugs my friend!!

  3. Great video Keith. Looked a bit chilly this morning? lol.

  4. Thanks Adrian. It was a bit cool this morning. Had to scrape the frost from the car, and the lock was frozen too.

    Very cold this morning grammie, but it soon warmed up. It's freezing again now though.

    Trevor, brass monkey weather lol

  5. Johnny Kingdom move aside. A great video Keith thanks for sharing.

  6. Love that flight action, and the Lapwing SUPER!!