Personal musings, wanderings and sightings from around the lake.
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Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me

Sunday, 2 January 2011

The sun came out

Second day of the year, and the sun came out for a while.

After topping up the car park bridge with seed, and feeding the growing number of ducks under the road bridge, I started to walk round the north lake. Most of it is still frozen, but at the very top end, there’s a patch of water, containing Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Wigeon, Great Crested Grebe, 

Pochard and a few Mallard. Tucked in amongst them, a female Goosander.
A Grey Wagtail near the steps, and a bit of time spent watching some Canada Geese, before making my way to the south lake. Had to stop and feed the Mallards again, and top up the seed first.

Onto the area by the rowing club, and a much bigger area unfrozen. Amongst all the usual ducks and geese, a Shoveler, couple of Goldeneye, some Little Grebes, and a Barnacle Goose, with a few Greylag Geese. Also, one Black Swan today. Must have left his friend at Willen.

I spent a lot of time watching the waterfowl, and taking a few pictures; a pleasant change to have some sunlight, even though it was brief.

I took a wander to the bottom of the south lake, hoping to maybe see some Siskin.
I wasn’t disappointed. A small group were in their favourite tree, by the railway line.
Spent some time with them, and then made my way back to the car.

Another good morning.

The Sun Came Out from holdingmoments on Vimeo.

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)
Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis)
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)
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)
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)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
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 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 Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  44


  1. That was a strange bright light in the sky Keith.{:)
    Lovely new header.

  2. Hi Keith...what bread company are you supporting???? lol
    Great video today the sun sure makes it nice doesn't it!! I so love that Black Swan..
    and looks like there is alot of developed taste for bread.. lol : }
    What happened to your Crow friends??
    I wanted to tell you I like your new header too!! Hugs my friend!!

  3. Great video and photos Keith, it`s nice to see that the birds are getting a bit more water to move about in now.
    Super header shot btw.
    That Barnacle Goose must have an identity problem as I photographed it flying around the lake with the Greylags on Boxing Day !!

  4. Thanks Roy. The light didn't stay for long lol
    Glad you like the header. Fancied a change ;)

    Grammie, would you believe me if I said I buy cheap bread, just to go and feed the ducks? Yea, mad ain't I lol
    The Crows are still about; I sometimes forget to film them while I feed them.

    Trevor, thanks. The boat people were anxiously wondering if they could play with their boats today. Thankfully they decided no lol
    The Barnacle Goose tends to commute between here and Willen Lake; a bit like the Black Swans.
    Always good to see them.

  5. A brilliant sunrise and some others, Great Crested Grebe and the Canada Goose.

  6. Thanks Bob. The winter sunrises are usually pretty good; when we get to see them lol