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

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Foggy again

A quick visit to see if the Brambling was about, but I didn’t see it.

Didn’t see much of anything really, it was quite foggy again. I kept around the footbridge, and the seed feeders, and the usual birds were there. Even the Mallards were still chasing each other around.

I’ve had a delivery of nyger seed, so I could top up that feeder, and hopefully more birds will get a chance on the sunflower seed now.
A new bird spotted at the feeders this morning, was a House Sparrow, along with the regular finches.

The pair of Oystercatchers were on the Cormorant island, and also I was surprised to see another bird there.

Four weeks ago, (22nd February), I saw and filmed a Common Gull at the far end of the south lake, with a broken wing. He could only swim in the water, and at the time I didn’t think he would survive for too long. Well, to my surprise, there he was walking around on the Cormorant island. Seems he’s managing to find food some how, to have survived this long.

I hope he can spend his days in peace on the island

Full list of today’s sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
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)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
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)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  25


  1. The Mallards certainly seem to be getting very stroppy Keith.

  2. The two pairs at the footbridge seem to be continually arguing John. They might settle down a bit soon.

  3. Not a morning to be out in if you've got a cold Keith. ;-(
    Sounds like you need to stay in the warm with a nice hot toddy!
    Good video all the same tho', also good to see that the gull is still surviving. :0)

  4. Shame about the weather, still you got something, broken winged Gull and Oystercatchers.

  5. Hiya Keith,
    Are you OK?
    Couldn't find your post for WBW.

  6. Hi don't sound so good. Maybe you should have a pot of chicken soup for that cold, or are you still on a toast and tea budget!!lol
    Amazing the fortitude of that poor gull..the survival instinct is strong!!
    Take care my friend!!

  7. It was misty here all day again Keith and no sign of sunshine at all :(

    I do hope that gull lives happily on the island, it seems to have picked a good place.

    I have nyger seed and Sunflower heart feeders in the garden and the Goldfinches have always preferred the Sunflower hearts, usually they only eat the niger when there is a queue for the Sunflower hearts.

  8. What a really dull day it was Keith, couldn't see much up here either. Its a real life changing thing for that gull with the broken wing, its surprising how they adapt though.

  9. Trevor, not long in from work, and a nice bottle of wine is going down well. Not as good as a whisky, but it will do lol
    I’m pleased, and amazed, the gull seems to be doing Ok.

    Thanks Bob. The weather has been pretty dull for a couple of days. Seeing all the different birds brighten things up though.

    Thanks for asking jo©o. Yea, I’m ok. Just a bit busy with all the redundancy meetings at work at the moment. Hopefully get a post dome for the next WBW.

    Thanks grammie. This cold is taking it out of me at the moment, along with everything else going on at work. I was amazed to see that gull this morning.

    Jan, the gull has chosen a good place on that island. Hopefully he’ll survive a long time there.
    I’m hoping the Goldfinches will go back to the nyger seed now, so the other birds get a chance at the sunflowers.

    Thanks Roy. Maybe the sun will shine at the weekend; I’ve got a couple of days off then. That gull is certainly fighting against the odds. I’m curious to know what it’s feeding on though.

  10. Glad the gull survived. It wouldn't have with me. I can't bear to see them suffer.
    Are you sure the Blackbird was looked more like a toilet break to me.

  11. Adrian, you're right about the Blackbird. I noticed that as I panned the camera. His statement about being filmed I guess ;)