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Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Very quick visit

This morning I stopped off at the car park bridge on the way to a meeting at work, and topped up the seed. All through the meeting, I was gazing out the window, watching the sun. If only I was at the lake…………….

Meeting over, and I left just after 2 p.m. Sun still shining.
I stopped off at home, let Jim out, and then made my way back to the lake. This was going to be a quick visit, just around the car park bridge. I topped up the seed, and noticed a red bag, next to the fat ball feeder I’ve hung in a tree.

Someone had left a bag of seed hanging for the birds. Nice one!

It wasn’t long before the birds began to come down for the seed on the bridge; and even better, the sun was shining.

 Great Tit


 Reed Bunting


A quick glance across the south lake, revealed a female Goosander, and an equally quick glance under the road bridge, revealed a few Mallard, Tufted Duck and Coot.

Not a bad afternoon visit, even if only for just over an hour.

Full list of today’s sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
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)
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 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)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  30


  1. Amazing shots. Sharp as a pin. Lucky you. Sorry skilful you.

  2. Cheers Adrian. I was lucky the sun was out; made such a difference.

    Thanks Mike. There are quite a few round that bridge. I reckon they come from all over when the seed is there lol

  3. Nice shots Keith. Isn`t it great when the sun comes out?

  4. Thanks. It makes all the difference doesn't it Trevor.

  5. HI Keith...great you had a sunny day, that's good for moral!!
    As always beautiful photos of our feathered friends!!
    Snowing here today!!

  6. They are a bxxxxy genius Keith, and that, that, that and that one are really well presented.

  7. Thanks grammie. The sun was great to see, for a change. I hope we don't get any more snow.

    Cheers Bob. Glad you enjoyed them. :)

  8. You had some beautiful light from the sun, the shots of the birds are super---SO see you have started something GOOD feeding the birds by the bridge--and now its passing on--

  9. Thanks Dixxe. The little bridge is proving to be a popular little spot with birds, and birdwatchers too.

  10. Great to see someone else has joined in feeding the birds.

  11. Yea, was good to see that bag hanging there John.
    Trevor leaves a bit of seed when he comes over too.