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

Monday, 31 January 2011

Sunny, but cold

A day off, and sunshine; but so very cold.

Most of the lake has frozen overnight, and most of the birds have disappeared.
And this post has taken more time to do on this laptop, than I spent walking round the lake…..grrrrrrrr!
The computer doctor comes tomorrow; hope he’s got a magic wand!

But the lake. Well, I topped the seed up on the bridge, and then made my way round the south lake first. A lot of the water was frozen, and a lot of the ducks seem to have left, looking for some unfrozen water elsewhere. Who can blame them.
The highlight of the south lake was a handsome Buzzard, sat in a tree. No picture unfortunately; one look at me, and he was off.
A few Coots on the water that hadn’t frozen, and a few Mute Swans, and that was about it.

Back at the bridge, more seed, and some time spent watching the birds there.

 Plenty of Reed Buntings, along with Chaffinch and Great Tits.

On round the north lake, and very much the same as the south; very few birds, and lots of ice. They’re certainly having a tough time again. The Heron was in his usual spot, under the foot bridge, and a few Black-headed Gulls standing around on the ice; and of course, the Mallards. They came looking for food, and found some.

Up by the weir, the Grey Wagtail was foraging,

searching out any insects that may be around, and a few Wigeon were out on the grass; until a dog set them off, and back to the safety of the water.

A slow walk back to the foot bridge once more, and a few more moments with the birds there, until the cold weather got the better of me, and I headed home.

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)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
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 Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
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)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  37


  1. Hi Keith...Good your able to make a post even if it takes longer ..miss your's Hope the computer Doc. works things out !!
    The Grey Wagtail pretty bird.. first photo I have seen posted anywhere that was able to see real good!!
    Hope what left of the day for you is a good one!!

  2. Keith, best of luck with the gorgeous machine. They do so much that one can't help feeling half a grand a year is what they should cost. I have two external hard drives but like you........Back up..Away with you.........I'll back up tomorrow.
    Lovely shot of the Wagtail. Have a good week.
    I wasn't expecting internet but the farm I'm on said give us a pound for the code.....They are all right are Yorkshire folk it's why we are poor.

  3. Thanks grammie. The wagtail's colours were really striking in the sunlight.
    My patience was certainly tested doing this post lol

    Cheers Adrian. The good doctor comes tomorrow, to give his verdict.
    I feel lost without the machine.

  4. Haha I had to backtrack to your last blog to get the gist of whats been going on. It's a real bummer when the pc goes tits up. Ours gave up the ghost last year so we have to make do with our old lappy too.

  5. Wow, you caught a Grey Wagtail, most beautiful.

  6. A great capture of the Grey Wagtail Keith I can never get near enough to get a good image.

  7. It's surprising how much I rely on my computer; I use it for everything; and I don't own a telly, so it's been pretty quiet. The neighbours probably don't mind though lol

    Thank you Bob. They're lovely little birds :)

    Adam, this one seemed oblivious to my presence. I can usually find him at this spot.

  8. Hi Keith, sunny in the winter usually means cold, and if you feel snow cracking under your feet, then it is even colder. Nice images as always, and thank you for sharing your video. Your lists are always so long .... Anna :)

  9. Thanks Anna. There always seems a great variety of birds here, even if some days their numbers drop a bit. So lucky to have a great place like this almost on my doorstep.

  10. That is indeed a lovely shot of the Wagtail, hope the pc gets fixed OK. The weather should be milder from today, but we can expect it to be wet.

  11. Thank you woodpecker. Repair man has just taken the pc away; just as I thought, a dead hard drive :(
    And it's raining, and I have work soon. It can' t get any worse, surely? lol

  12. Thats a nice shot of the Grey Wagtail Keith.
    So the Buzzard didn't like the look of you then.{:)

  13. Cheers Roy.
    Nah, the Buzzard took one look and was off lol