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Friday, 7 January 2011

A visit of two halves

After Jim had a hearty breakfast of boiled skinless, filleted, chicken breast and boiled rice, and I had toast, I stopped of at the lake on the way to the shops to get more chicken and fish, for the boy. 
And it was pouring with rain. Not very good.

I topped up the seed, fed the ducks under the road bridge, then headed of to the shops.
Before I left, I saw a male Goldeneye, and a female Goosander, so a good start.

Shopping done, and a fuss of Jim, I went back to walk round the lake. More seed left at the bridge, before I headed round the north lake. Quite a few gulls, mostly Black-headed, and the odd Common Gull amongst them, and a lot of the lake now thawing.

As I reached the top end, I met Rob, of Birding North Bucks and Beyond, and we had quite a long chat about this and that. We watched a Grey Wagtail for a while, a few Wigeon in the distance, and then we headed off in opposite directions. The rain had stopped too, so I decided on a figure of eight circuit, and take in all the lake, for a change.

A total of four Goosander seen; three females and a male, a Sparrowhawk skimmed over my head, in hot pursuit of something, and lots of birds around at the car park bridge.

A good morning.

A Visit of Two Halves 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)
Common Goldeneye [sp] (Bucephala clangula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
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)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
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 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  40


  1. Chicken and fish for Jim...loads of seed for the birds, you just make sure you enjoy your toast,lol.
    Another great post Keith.

  2. Hi Keith ..good to hear that Jim is doing better and eating about yourself..was that toast from bread you usually feed the !!!
    Between Jim and the birds..your not going to be able to feed yourself lol!!
    The video is always great..and wonderful to see exactly what it is like there within a few hour of its happening!!
    Hug my friend!!

  3. Cheers Trevor. Yea, toast.
    At least I had real butter on it; none of this low fat spread rubbish lol

    Thanks grammie. Yea, it was lol
    I'll treat myself when he's better ;)

  4. Sounds to me like you had a nice day Keith.... Best wishes to you and Jim.

  5. Thanks Andrew. Yea, a good day there today; and an improvement in Jim too.

  6. Great to hear about Jim, I hope he is alright. Nice blog

  7. Good to hear Jim is eating OK.
    Enjoyed the clear shots of the Reed Buntings. Never seen one but I think I should be able recognise one now.

  8. Oh so Jim is on a low fat diet-that will be good for him. Today we had gloomy skies all day...blah!

  9. ROFL - I love the comparisons of your breakfasts.

    Oh, thanks Jim - Moonbeam wants to know why he can't have chicken too! LOL!


  10. I know Roy; I blame it on stress. A 'comfort' food lol
    I've had worse in the past...... allegedly. ;)

    Thanks Bob. His progress is good at the moment.

    John, he's eating better than me lol
    The Reed Buntings are lovely birds. The male is quite striking in his breeding plumage. Hopefully I'll get some of them then too.

    Thanks Dixxe. Yea, rain most of the day yesterday, and now it's just started again.:(

    Jen, he's loving all this attention lol
    Jim said, tell Moonbeam it's good for him, and he should ask you nicely lol

  11. Keith I feed mine on a product from James Wellbeloved.......nothing nasty in it. Nice to be back and watching your videos.

  12. Cheers Adrian.
    Looked that name up on google. Looks good; thanks.