Well, am I behind today? Just a bit; but it's been a great day.
Breakfast sorted, chicken, seed, and toast, (I’ll let you guess what one was mine), I made a quick trip to our local Tesco store, at Bletchley, to see some birds that have been hanging around there for a few days.
Waxwings! Must have been about 200 of them! I spent an amazing 2 hours there, and took 391 pictures. It’s going to take a while to sort through them properly, and I’ll do a separate post on my other blog when I get sorted.
But back to the lake.
A frosty start to the day, but the sun soon came out, and by 9 a.m., it was like a summers day; apart from the cold. Plenty of birds now taking advantage of the seed on the bridge,
and after feeding a few of the Mallards, I made my way round the north lake. A pair of Red Crested Pochard were a good find, and plenty of Tufted Duck and Wigeon, up at the top end.
I walked back to the car park, via the road bridge, and spent some time watching the various birds enjoying the seed, after topping it up again. Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Reed Buntings, Robins,
Blue Tits and Great Tits. Great to see so many.
A very quick walk round half the south lake, but it didn’t reveal much else, apart from dog walkers, joggers, and the dreaded boating oiks. Yea, time to head home.
No video today, but some for later, on the other blog, of the Waxwings.
And Jim is making fantastic progress now. A healthy appetite, and up to his old trick of sneaking onto the settee when I’m out. That’s my boy!!
Full list of today’s sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
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)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
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)
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 Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 33