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

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Sun day

Another cracking sunrise this morning; a shame I couldn't get in the right place to do it justice.

The Little Egrets were on the island as usual, and after topping up the feeders, I set off round the north lake, hoping to get a good backdrop for the sunrise.
Never mind.

A lot of Coots on the water, and plenty of flying by the Canada Geese.
At the top end, a couple of Wigeon, and scanning through the Tufted Duck with the binoculars, I found a lone Pochard.
Quite a few Chiffchaff around too, all calling, like it was a spring morning.

The south lake had the usual; along with the boat people.
At the far end, the Little Grebe were in their usual spot, and quite a few Tufted Duck too.

As I made my way to the car park, a small wader caught my eye, as it flew towards Cormorant island. A Common Sandpiper.

Back at the car park, I spent some time watching a Chiffchaff, skipping through the trees, hunting insects;

 and a lone Speckled Wood butterfly, fluttering around the bushes.


Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
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)
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  36


  1. 05A nice morning for you, well, its peeing down here. Brilliant pictures.

  2. At least you saw the sun this morning. Brilliant video.......I haven't the patience to edit it. I'll have another go.
    Peeing down here. Thanks for the Chiffchaf sound. I'm deaf in one ear but the dogs hear it and point me in the right direction.
    I'm still hunting for a Jay. Elusive wee blighters!

  3. Nice fly by of the Canada geese Keith and I guess those Chiffys are heading south, but stopped off for a break.

    What is this thing called Sunrise anyway.?? {:)

  4. Hi Keith..Lovely that you have had sunny days lately to see that sunrise!!
    Not everybody can capture the dancing leaf, as well as you have ; } that's quite an event lol

    Nice shot of the butterfly!!
    Hugs Grace

  5. Thanks Bob. No rain here yet, but the sun didn't last very long ;-)

    Thanks Adrian. Good luck with the Jays; they're tough to get close to.

    Thanks Roy. There seems to be quite a few Chiffchaff round here. Some stay for the winter, so maybe these will too.

    Thanks Grace. Yea, that leave was a good mover lol

  6. A tidings of Magpies seems to be the most popular description for a group of them Keith.

  7. I like that name John. Thanks. :-)