Personal musings, wanderings and sightings from around the lake.
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Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me



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



 Robin



 Reed Bunting



 Blackbird


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

14 comments:

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

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  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

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

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

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  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!!

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

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  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. :)

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  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--

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

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

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

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