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

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Sunday morning

A much welcome day off work, and some sunshine thrown in too.

The mornings are getting lighter earlier too. Topping up the seed at the footbridge, and the feeders, seems to take longer these days; it’s certainly attracting plenty of birds. The Goldfinches love the nyger seed,

 and the footbridge is becoming popular with a lot of birds.

Blackbirds, Chaffinch, Reed Buntings and the tits. When the sun shines, and there isn’t so many people about, it gives some excellent picture opportunities.

I walked the north lake first, and almost immediately got accosted by three Mallards. I quickly fed them, and carried on my way. The highlights were three female Goosander, swimming in the sunlight, and a Kingfisher, along the bank, by the bandstand.

The south lake yielded the regulars; Canada Geese, Tufted Duck, Wigeon and a single Little Grebe at the far end. As the morning wore on though, it got busier; joggers, dog walkers, cyclists, and people just out enjoying some rare sunshine. And the boats.

Back at the footbridge I topped up the seed again, took a few pictures, then made my way home.

The sun was short lived; it’s raining now.

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)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
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 Gull (Larus canus canus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
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)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  32


  1. So cute the way the ducks waddle over to you with such trust--
    Great photos in your post today--
    MY favorites the Goldfinches!! I'm learning your birds now and ID on sight--Thanks for that education!!

  2. Keith, The footbridge is certainly a great draw for the birds now, it`s just a shame about the people.:{

    How about some 'footpath closed ahead' signs?!

    Great Blackbird photo btw.

  3. Hi keith... good to see your keeping up the routine and I am sure so are your feathered better not leave any car doors open or you will be taking some ducks home with you!!
    Glad you had some sunshine and hope the rest of your day of is peaceful!!Hugs!!

  4. Sondra, you'll be better than me at the ID's soon. :)
    Those ducks are amazing how they seek me out lol

    Trevor I've thought of that; or diversion signs lol

    Thanks grammie. I wonder if Jim would mind if I brought some friends home one day ;)

  5. A very enjoyable visit Keith and I'm sure it would have been even more enjoyable without the joggers etc. The bridge certainly does offer some good photo opportunities, lovely Blackbird pic.

    Nice to see the Goosanders, I saw some at Draycote last week :)

  6. Thanks Jan. Those Goosander females are stunning with their red heads; especially when the sun shines on them.

  7. A bit of sunshine makes all the difference. We ended up caught in a hail shower this afternoon!

  8. Those Mallards have got you "sussed" Keith.{:)

  9. John, it's lovely to see some sunshine; however brief. It makes such a difference, doesn't it.

    Roy, they seem to spot me a mile off lol

  10. Ah, lovely sunshine again. They (weather person) said it was going to be dry for a few days, I don't wonder why! Lovely Goldfinches and the Blackbird on your todays blog.

  11. Thank you Bob. I hope the weather is good for a few days. I got some days off soon :)

  12. Keith light is always good, even for energy levels. Glad you had a good day. Anna :)

  13. Thanks Anna. Our daylight hours are getting longer, which always gives us a boost. A lot of spring activity too.