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

Monday, 7 February 2011

Monday, and still the wind blows.

I’m getting fed up with this wind now.

Just a quick visit to do the seed, and walk round the north lake. Some shopping to do, and things to sort out, so only a brief visit. Work on Wednesday, so this might be the only proper visit this week.

The Blackbirds were waiting by the bridge when I got there, and the Crows and Magpies were hovering around the bird table. Fed those, and made my way round the north lake. Still very windy, and not very much about.
A group of Wood Pigeons looking for food on the grass, by the pub, and the female Goosander down by the weir. The usual Canada Geese, Wigeon, Pochard, and hungry Mallard; and that was about it.

Had to get off to the shops for a few things, and got some new feeders to put up in the trees. Stopped off at the lake on the way home, and put them up.

Looking very good.

Full list of today’s sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
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)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
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)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
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)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
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  29


  1. At least its' turned out sunny. This wind is a real pain. You still manage to do a good job though.

  2. Thanks Adrian. The sun is shining here now, but the wind is still howling, and rocking the bird feeders.

  3. Well done Keith, a bit of a struggle against the elements this morning!! I reckon you`ll soon need to invest a truck to deliver the seed :) lol.

  4. This to shall pass... Glad to see you are still out there though.

  5. The wind has been gusting over 40mph here today. Takes yer breath away. The birds are certainly bobbing around with the waves on the pond there.

  6. It was hard work today Trevor. I didn't see many birds braving the winds today.

    Thanks Dale. The birds need their food, whatever the weather ;)

    John, it's hard work walking against this wind. Hope it ends soon.

  7. Hi Keith Very strong winds here as well. I work in Trafford Park Manchester and a lorry was blown over on the M60 motorway on the high bridge crossing the ship canal ceatinng a traffic nightmare. Its no wonder the birds are keeping their heads down.

  8. The wind has if possible been even worse here today, it has been going on since last Thursday and I'm fed up with it too :(

    I'm sure your new feeders will get lots of customers :)

  9. Strong winds everywhere Andrew, by the sound of things. Hard to walk in; must be terrible for the birds to try and fly.

    Jan, I'm sure the feeders will prove popular. I'll soon have more there than in my garden lol

  10. It's always windy. That's a fine video of them enjoying themselves, especially the Cormorants.

  11. Hi Keith ...I see my comment didn't make it I wondered if it did blogger had the hic-ups lol
    I mainly said that you where a good guy to take care of your feathered friends like you do!!
    Just think your wind could be snow..hahaha!!

  12. Good for you that you didnt let that wind stop you--

  13. Thanks Bob. Some birds seem to enjoy a strong wind; especially the gulls and crows, the way they soar and dive.

    Grammie, blogger does seem to have its moments doesn't it. No long visit here today, going out, but I will be paying a quick visit soon, to do the seed. It's nearly 4 a.m., and I'm tired.
    I hope we've seen the last of the snow here.

    Dixxe, it's become part of my routine now lol
    When I work early shift though, it's a little difficult to get there.