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

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Winter birds are coming

A much better morning today; well, it was dull, but it wasn't windy.

The feeders still looked pretty full, so it didn't take long to top them up.
A pair of Mallards were at the car park when I got there, and quickly ate the digestive biscuits; much to the dismay of the Crows and Magpies.

I caught a glimpse of one of the Kingfishers as he made his way across the north lake, and seven Tufted Duck are now at the top end. A large gathering of Coot and Black-headed Gulls, the Canada Geese grazing in the fields, and the trees donning their autumn coats...........winter definitely on its way.

At the far end of the south lake, a lone Pochard was swimming around with another Tufted Duck, and as I got to Cormorant island, a Little Egret was sat in the trees.

The sun made a brief appearance when I got to the car park, but soon disappeared.
At the footbridge, a Chiffchaff was searching for insects in the bushes,

and at the feeders.........rats!

About half a dozen, eating the seed that has spilled, and climbing the tree.

As I left, the lone Little Egret had been joined by another; and a Grey Heron.


Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
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)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
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)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  31


  1. The Egrets are my favourites, or could be. I can never make up my mind. The rats, I think that you don't like them very much, never mind, it's there now.

  2. Not nice weather but still endless variety. The rat was very brave.....they are usually away like lightening. Good to see the place again after a week without.

  3. That big rat gave me the willies - watching him climb in the tree branches to get the seed. WOW! I had no idea they would do that!

    I could have watched the Great Crested Grebes with their young ones on their backs all day.

  4. Hi Keith...I wonder how the Common Gull will do this winter??..he seems to have made it this far!!
    That Crow is so comical least your both keeping healthy..having your apple a : }
    I don't liker rat's...mice I think are cute, but rat' you will be feeding them..!! lol
    I really like the Chiff Chaff photo..
    Hugs Grace

  5. Great to see the Little Egrets lovely birds to see.
    I love your image of the rat you have really made him look cute!

  6. Thanks Bob. I was surprised to see the rats being so bold. Made a change from squirrels. ;-)

    Thanks Adrian. It was good to go round the lake again.

    Thank you Marissa. The grebes are great to watch, carrying their young like that.

    Thanks Grace. Maybe the gull will be Ok this winter. He seems pretty strong now, and I've seen him fly short distances. He's a real fighter.

    Thanks Andrew. The rats did look kind of cute. One was staring at me for ages. Quite fearless lol

  7. Wonderful image of the little egret in the tree--- HEY those apples in your shot are pretty good size now..just right for that pie--
    Yep Fall is on the way--

  8. No pie for me at the moment Sondra; my oven is broken! lol
    Big change in the weather here now. Goodbye summer :-(

  9. Steady up Keith, what's with all this Winter talk, we've got an Indian Summer and spectacular Autumn colours to come yet!

    Great pics and video, glad to see your'e still keeping the Crow healthy! Love the tree climbing Rat, and the still image....[;o)

  10. Hope you're right about the summer Trevor lol
    Yea, I was surprised to see such a bold bunch of rats there.

  11. Not seen any Pochard yet Keith, but did see a dozen Tufti yesterday. So things are looking up for the winter visitors.

  12. Roy, the Tufted Duck numbers are steadily increasing here now. I just hope the winter is a mild one for a change.