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Thursday, 20 January 2011


Another frosty morning, but not so cold as yesterday.

A very quick walk round the north lake today, and then a quick visit to a local shopping area, where some Waxwings have been reported. I managed to catch up with about 100 of them, before the rain spoilt things, and they left.

But back at the lake. I didn’t see very much of note this morning, apart from the regulars. Plenty of Chaffinch, Blue Tits, Great Tits and Reed Buntings at the footbridge;

and lots of Canada Geese around the lake. Four Song Thrushes seen this morning too; always good to see them.

Hopefully some better weather tomorrow.

Full list of today’s sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
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 Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species 23


  1. Well done Keith, more Waxwings! and still I haven't seen any :( I have even dreamt about sad is that!!

    I love to hear the Song Thrush, it really is a beautiful song but also there is something slightly comical about it I always think :)

  2. It's a shame you haven't seen any yet Jan. They seem to be everywhere round here. I'm very lucky.

  3. I've still to see a Waxwing. It's a good job you have at least there is an even chance of my recognising them.

  4. I reckon they've all moved south Adrian.

  5. The weatherman says it`s going to be sunny tomorrow,lol,so good luck with the Waxwings!!
    Nice to hear the Song Thrush.

  6. HI Keith...lovely your photo of the Waxwing...there has been reports of them around here but yet to see any myself!!
    To hear that Song Trush singing is so delightful...great music to the ear!!
    Hugs my friend!!

  7. Great Shot of the waxwing & the reed bunting-we have better weather now the sun is out and its warmer!!!

  8. More Waxwings, now you are getting greedy Keith.{:)

  9. Trevor, I've got to try and get to the doctors tomorrow; a check up. I'll probably miss all the Waxwing action. :(

    Thank grammie. I love hearing the Song Thrush in the mornings.

    It's a shame the sun wasn't out when I saw the Waxwings this morning Dixxe. Makes such a difference to the pictures.

    Roy, we're falling over them here lol
    They seem to be everywhere.

  10. More Waxwings, that one is superb, well done Keith.