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

Thursday, 18 August 2011

A mix

It's the last week at work; last day on Friday, and I've had a mix of shifts too.

I've managed to get over the lake each morning to top up the feeders, before having to sort out other things, and then get to work. It's been hectic, to say the least, and I've not managed to do all I've wanted. I'll deal with it all the best way I can. Patience is a virtue; so they say.

Jim is off to the vet this morning; he's got breathing problems which the vet said last time was due to the heat,  and now he seems to be losing weight. Hope it's nothing too serious.

The video is a collection of some of the things I've filmed on my brief visit around the footbridge, and under the road bridge.
And a list of birds seen this morning, around that small area.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
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)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  31



  1. I hope Jimmy is okay.......all the best to him from us.
    A beautiful morning with the moon all to yourself.

  2. I hope that Jim will be alright. And you, last day at work, a pain in the arse. The video shows the best, the Common Tern, it must be hard to keep it under control. There is plenty of food for the little birds, those feeders are always full.

  3. Excellent video Keith, it's nice to see the variety of birds that come to your feeders and to hear the contented chirping and tweeting in the background.
    Can you get a traffic noise filter fitted to the camera tho'. lol.

    I had a quick walk around the South lake yesterday afternoon and the Little Egrets (3) were in the trees by the first screen/hide thing!

    Best wishes to Jim, hope he's o.k.

    Will you be wearing your party clothes tomorrow?

  4. Well the vet seems to think Jim is doing OK. The panting is a combination of his age, larynx, and heat. It didn't help that he was stressed out while he was there. Heart and everything else were good. Weight loss was nothing to worry about, I'm told. Me over reacting. :-(
    Tablets and a check up, he's now sleeping like a log, after cuddles, hugs and treats.

    Adrian, thanks :-)

    Bob, I couldn't have put it better myself about work :-)

    Thanks Trevor. That footbridge is so busy now.
    Party clothes, funny hats and make up for tomorrow. And to quote that famous children's author, Enid, 'and lashings of ginger beer' lol

  5. HI Keith..Glad Jim is doing ok...age probably is not his friend these days!!

    The video was very peaceful ...the moon,the tint of pink on the lake, and the happy well feed little birds chirping away!! Priceless!!

  6. Thanks Grace. I think Jim is worn out like me :-)

  7. OK now you and Jim are too young to throw in the towel...I really hope he is feeling better..WOW no job what in the world will you do with all that free time? (lol)
    I envy that part--
    ENjoyed todays video very much!!

  8. Thanks Sondra. I think me and Jim will keep busy lol
    He seems fine at the moment; sleeping :-)

  9. Glad Jim had a reassuring checkup. Your new banner photo is very sweet and lovely. Wouldn't it be nice to average out the parts of your life that you work and that parts that you don't? When working fulltime, a day off is a treasure, but when out of work every day has a scary emptiness unless you are careful to schedule something that keeps you productive. Somehow I think you will have no problem being productive! Looking forward to your continued posts.


  10. Thank you Wilma.
    I think as long as I can get out, and still hold a camera in my hands, I'll still find life busy and full.

    Still a few posts left in the old dog yet lol