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

Monday, 14 February 2011


With the promise of sunshine, it looked set to be a good day.

And it was.

The Crows soon demolished the biscuits and bread at the bird table,

and the smaller birds didn’t waste any time coming down to the footbridge, for theirs. And there amongst the Reed Buntings, the tits, and the Chaffinch………….a single Brambling. I managed some quick video, and a couple of shots, before he left; but my excitement got the better of me, and the video isn’t focused very well, and a very poor picture.

 But it was there; a first here, for me.

I carried on round the north lake, and saw a Kingfisher fly across a stretch of water, that used to be a regular haunt of his. The first one I’ve seen here since before the freeze set in at Christmas. Another great sight. I hope he manages to find himself a mate, and we can enjoy the electric blue flashes across the lake once again.

The rest was the usual sightings; Mallards, Swans, Tufted Duck, and Wigeon, with the added bonus of sunshine.

Back at the footbridge, I spent some time photographing the visitors to the seed, and then, unfortunately, had to leave.

Bills to pay, and work later; but what an excellent morning.

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)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
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)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  29


  1. Brambling and Kingfisher! That's a nice start to anybody's week :o)

  2. I'm still beaming Graeme.
    The only downside is I have to go to work soon lol

  3. OH awesome when you get the reward of a new bird!!! Have a wonderful day Keith.

  4. Thanks Dixxe. I was so excited this morning. :)
    Work calls now though :(

  5. I have just enjoyed this and yesterday's post Keith but suspect you enjoyed today's visit much more than yesterday's without all the joggers, bikers etc. They don't even show any interest in their surroundings, they could be anywhere, but no they have to be a pain to those who are there for the scenery and wildlife! I always think it is fun to not quite notice a jogger approaching and turn round to look at something, slightly veering across their path as they get close so that they have to slow down and go round me, it must really mess up their timings! Aren't I naughty? ;)

    Lovely to see all the signs of Spring especially the early Daffs.

    Well done on the Brambling sighting, they are super little birds I think. Lovely photos again Keith, don't work too hard!

  6. Hi Keith...wonderful way to start the day off...sighting a Brambling and a Kingfisher!!
    A plus for the day, but I know a better plus would have been if you didn't have to go to work..: }}
    Hugs ♥

  7. Well done on the Brambling Keith, I bet you`re as chuffed as little mint
    You only said to me the other day that you hoped a Brambling would turn up on the bridge soon, and there it is!! :)
    Great Crow picture btw.

  8. Well that brightened your Monday morning. Mine as well if I had seen your post in the morning.

  9. Thanks Jan. Yea, all those people yesterday were a bit much for me. I do a similar thing of blocking the path lol

    Grammie, you are so right there lol

    Thanks Trevor. Yea, maybe an Osprey next? Lol

    Thank you Adrian :)

  10. The Crow was a number 1, it looks so beautiful.

  11. Thanks Bob. They are lovely birds aren't they.

  12. Yes it was a nice day today Keith and the Brambling was a bonus.

  13. It certainly was Roy. Going to work was the only downside to a great day lol

  14. Lovely photo of the Crow Keith. Nice to see a Greenfinch also. They are quite scarce here since the last outbreak of finch disease.
    It's always a great boost to see something different and new. I've only ever had one visit from Brambling.

  15. A lovely morning Keith.. work also gets in my way.

  16. Thanks John. The Greenfinches are quite numerous at the bridge in the mornings, when I put the seed down. It's good to see them, but they are quite aggressive to the other birds at times.

    Thanks Andrew. Yea, work is such a nuisance at times. lol