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Saturday, 24 September 2011

Back again

Back with a post, after a break from blogging.

I've still visited the lake most days, took pictures, and video; but I took a relaxed approach, without thinking I must get back and put this altogether for a post.
The computer was beginning to take over.
And I treated myself to a new camera.

But, this morning.
It started with an interesting sky, as the sun lit up a couple of vapour trails from aeroplanes, and turning them a blood red.

Lots of Magpies around the car park area, and with the feeders topped up, I set off around the north lake first; after checking on the island, to see the Little Egrets.
Coots are building up their numbers, and a couple of Wigeon have turned up again at the top end.
A bit of flying activity from the Canada Geese, and some cygnets; with lots of Wood Pigeon flying overhead. A few Chiffchaff still around too, calling from the trees and bushes.

The boat people were out in force this morning, causing plenty of flying from the assembled waterbirds.

At the bottom end of the south lake, a Kingfisher flew past the island, and disappeared into the bushes. Good to see one down this end of the lake.

Working my way back up towards the car park, and a lone Little Egret had returned to Cormorant island. Made a change to see one there in some sunlight.
And in front of the island, I counted 20 Great Crested Grebes. Along with all the others around the lake, I'd guess their numbers are approaching three figures.

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)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
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)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
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)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  39


  1. Hi Keith...I hope you had a good is nice to hear your voice and have the video again though!!
    Lovely sky...gorgeous...: }
    Comical Magpies lol
    Very nice!!

  2. Glad to have you back Keith.

    Those vapour trails looked fantastic this morning.

    Great video with all those G C Grebe and Magpies,or should that be[;o)

  3. Good to see you back.....I missed the walk. Good to see the magpies....'A Plague'..............Same as politicians. Nice to hear the Greylag coming and going.

  4. Thanks Grace. Yea, it was good to take a break from it all. :-)

    Thanks Trevor. The sunrise was pretty good this morning, but soon clouded over.

    Cheers Adrian. Yea, plague sounds about right. There were loads of them. lol

  5. Great blog today, enjoyed your video very much.

  6. Thanks Horst. Quite a bit happening at the lake now.

    Thanks Bob. A shame I couldn't get a better background for it.

  7. Lovely images and vid Keith.
    Nice to see you back blogging.