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

Saturday, 10 September 2011


Dull and cloudy; spots of rain, but I had new boots.

I treated myself yesterday, so I was determined to walk round all the lake.
Maybe they've made the lake bigger.

A pair of Grey Wagtails up by the pub this morning, was a nice sight. Haven't seen these for a little while; and along with the Black-headed Gulls, and the  

Lesser Black-backed Gull,

a Great Black-backed Gull.

 He didn't stay too long, and was soon off.

Flying overhead, all morning, were lots of Swallows, all heading south. I guess the migration is under way now.

At the top end of the north lake, a Kingfisher managed to give me the slip, yet again. One day I'll get the picture. I did manage some video of his departure across the water though.

Out on the fields, grazing with the Canada Geese, were Crows, Rooks and Jackdaws; and to make up the Corvid family numbers, a Jay flew overhead, and a couple of Magpies.

Onto the south lake, and by now the boat people were out in force. Lots of flying activity by all the water birds, trying to keep out of the way.

At the far end, a couple of Little Grebe's, and a couple of Tufted Duck, found the sanctuary of a boatless piece of water.

Finally a weary body arrived at the footbridge, and joined the rest of the birds there.
Lots of coming and going on the feeders by various finches and tits, and in the bushes,
a Dunnock posed beautifully for me,

and on the footbridge,

 a Greenfinch


Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
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)

Total species  34


  1. Another lovely wander. The Dunnock is the star today. Awful weather but warm.

  2. HI Keith...I really like the image of the Dunnock, and on the video too..adorable!!
    Thanks for the comment on my post!

  3. Brill, walking with a new pair of boots. The birds were fantastic, especially the Great Black-backed Gull.

  4. Lovely Dunnock portrait; so much detail in the feathers.

  5. Lovely images Keith I really liked the Lesser-Black image.. Gulls are a real problem for me so I am trying to make the effort to learn more about them... not easy.

    I'm also nosey.. as a walker I am interested in knowing about your new boots?

  6. Thanks Adrian. Yea, very warm today.

    Thanks Grace :-)

    Thank you Bob. Yea, can't beat new boots lol

    Thank you Wilma :-)

    Thanks Andrew. I have trouble with gulls too.
    The boots; Brasher Supalite II GTX.
    Very light, and comfy; and expensive lol

  7. Winter must be coming soon as I have started to see Robins perch in the open and singing away Keith.
    That Kingfisher - terribly unsporting of him, flying away like that.

  8. I came face to face with that Kingfisher for a brief few seconds, as I walked along the edge of the lake. He took off like a bullet lol

  9. Love the Dunnock and the singing robin so sweet!! The Great Black Back is a huge Gull as well--I used to watch them take on horse shoe crabs with no problems!

  10. Thank you Sondra.
    Yea the Great Black-backed Gull is quite a beast! lol

  11. Another good one Keith. Nice to see the Robin comming out to sing again!

    I'm sure that it's only a matter of time before that Kingfisher 'plays ball'[;o)

  12. Thanks Trevor.
    Yea, one day I'll get that pesky Kingfisher lol