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

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Still windy

Still very windy today, and very dull with light drizzle. Not very good.

The crows were their usual entertaining selves though; burying pieces of biscuit in the ground. I do wonder if they ever remember where they put them though, or if the insects in the ground get a free feast,

The Mallards were not missing a trick either; spotting me as I walked around the lake.

I walked the south lake first, after leaving some seed on the footbridge. The usual Coots, Pochard, swans and geese, and a flock of about 30 Siskin flew overhead, at the bottom end of the lake.
Back at the bridge, I left more seed, and watched the Reed Buntings, Chaffinch, Greenfinch and tits enjoying breakfast. Quite a few Blackbirds there too.

Then it was off round the north lake. More Coots and Pochard, and a few Gadwall; and at the top end, a good number of Wigeon. Also two female Goosander. Haven’t seen any males for a while though.
After feeding the Mallards, and a lone Canada Goose, I made my way back to the footbridge. A bit more seed, and then I decided to go to Stockgrove Park, and see if the Mandarin Ducks were there.

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)
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)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
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)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  34


  1. This has got to be your best video yet. Beats the telly by miles. Notice you put sound on live not a whisper when you fond the Heron. Or are you being cunning?

  2. Thanks Adrian. It took ages to do this video on this very slow laptop, I'll be glad when I get the main one back.
    That Heron is usually hiding in that spot, and no matter how quiet I am, he always spots me lol

  3. Super video Keith. :)
    Isn`t it great how the birds can make the day, even with the most miserable weather, so enjoyable?
    Did you find the mandarins btw?

  4. Thanks Trevor. Yea, the birds are real superstars.
    The Mandarins were there in force. Must be at least 30 on the island. Great to see them.

  5. The video tells some of the things that brings your artistic licence. Was it you that scared away the poor old Heron?

  6. I'm afraid it was me Bob. Those Herons have excellent eyesight.

  7. Hi Keith..very good video today except for that wind !!
    Those Crows have to be the most comical fellows...I just can't believe that the take some leaves and actually cover with them lol
    You sure did a good job holding your breathe when you videoed the Heron and I think he was holding his lol...he was a stiff as a poker!!
    lol !!
    It,s nice to see grass in your just stated snowing real hard here!!

  8. You just cant sneak up on them--they know you are coming before you know it so it seems--Hope the wind dies off for the rain has finally ended thank goodness-

  9. Thanks grammie. I hope we don't get any more snow.
    The wind seems to have dropped this morning, thankfully. The Crows are so funny at times.

    Seems better today Dixxe; just very cloudy.
    I'm sure the Herons have in built radar lol

  10. Well done on creeping up on the Heron. Lovely close shot of the swan also.
    It's been wet and windy here also but at least the temperature is reasonable.

  11. Still windy here John, but like you say, the temperatures are reasonable.
    I had no luck with the Heron today, he saw me coming lol