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

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Thursday 13th

Good job it isn’t Friday, with that date.

A pretty dull morning, and quite windy, but I made the effort. Topped up the bridge with seed, fed the Mallards under the road bridge, and then set off.

I walked the north lake first; nothing much of note, apart from the usual ducks. I stopped off by the weir, which was quite a raging torrent this morning, and the river has burst its banks again. I crossed the road bridge, and then went round the south lake. A figure of eight today, for a change.

I stopped to top up the bridge again first though; these Chaffinch and Greenfinch certainly have healthy appetites, and noticed a Sparrowhawk circling overhead. He was probably hoping for an easy meal, but the little birds were staying well hidden in the bushes, till he left.

As I turned the bottom of the south lake, to make my way back, a commotion caught my attention from the reeds. Too late with the camera, but a Goosander had caught what looked like a large Crayfish, and was being dive bombed by a Black-headed Gull, trying to steal it from him. The Goosander made short work of swallowing his breakfast though, and the gull left empty beaked.

Back at the footbridge, I topped up the seed for a third time, (good job I have two sacks of seed being delivered later), and then I made my way to Wilstone Reservoir, at Tring, for a look round.

Thursday 13th from holdingmoments on Vimeo.

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)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
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)
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)
Grey Wagtail [cinerea] (Motacilla cinerea 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)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
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  38


  1. Thanks Bob. A shame I didn't capture it all on camera.

  2. Recall a documentary...that crows begin to recognize peoples they will be looking for you--Enjoyed the walk you showed today that wind was brutal and the water..WOW that was fast water!

  3. These Crows spot me from the other side of the lake Dixxe lol