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

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

After the wind

A much calmer morning, after yesterday; and even some sunshine.

At the feeders, the rats were scurrying up and down the tree. And certainly getting bolder. One even sat above me on a branch, watching intently while I toped up one of the feeders.

Plenty of Coots all around the lake, a Sparrowhawk flew overhead, and still a few Swallows hanging around catching insects over the water. A good number of Tufted Duck around now too.

There didn't seem to be as many birds about this morning though. Maybe they're still getting over the battering from the wind yesterday.

With the sun, came a few butterflies.

 A Small White, I believe.

On round the south lake, and much the same. A quick flash of a Kingfisher as he sped down the river, and a couple of Mute Swans were struggling in places to negotiate the overgrown areas.

Back round by the Cormorant island, the Common Gull was stretching his wings, and made speedy progress across the water.

And at the footbridge; a Robin, sat in the sunlight.


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)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
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)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  31


  1. A bit of improvement in the weather there this morning Keith?

    My old dad used to say "watch out for those rats boy they'll run up your trouser leg". It looks like 'yours' might try the shirt collar!

    Glad to see the Common Gull doing well but the Robin is the star of the show once again....[;o)

  2. It was nice weather Trevor; bloody raining now! lol
    I can't get over how bold these rats are becoming.

  3. The Robin is a beauty. I am amazed the Gull survived. I t looks as if it may fly again.
    I'd start wearing a collar and tie. Baler twine round your trouser bottoms as well. Buggers are rats for running up trouser legs.

  4. Cheers Adrian. They wouldn't find much up my trouser leg lol

  5. Hi Keith...well looks like your spending money to feed the rat's they do give me the creep's
    I love seeing the gull flapping both wings ...wonderful to see!!
    Ya the Robin really stole the day in image and video...against that gorgeous blue sky !! : }


  6. Thanks Grace. The gull has made fantastic progress this year.

    Thank you Bob.

  7. A lovely image of the Robin... everyones favourite.
    I have only had one experience of rat's up close.
    Visiting the Lakes and with a bag of chips we pulled into a layby with a fantastic view over Windermere towards the Langdale Pikes...
    Sitting on the drystone wall enjoying the view with around ten other people we were suddenly aware of lots of scurrying rats in the undergrowth below. They became the focal point of the next few minutes... the view forgotten.
    Just a memory from 1992ish but a fond one...

  8. Thanks Andrew. Lovely story.
    I'm becoming quite fond of the rats here lol

  9. Lovely robin, Keith. Our weather has been delightful for the last week or so, but we start cooling off tomorrow and may have a freeze tomorrow night. sigh ...

  10. Thanks Wilma.
    Frost already? :-(
    Not good.