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

Monday, 10 October 2011

A bit windy

Just a bit.

Very few birds about this morning, and just a quick visit, because I wanted to get back to ring Dawn from the Parks Trust.

Just the north lake visited this morning, and lots of Coots about. More than anything else I would guess.

A fleeting glimpse of a Sparrowhawk, and that was probably the highlight of the morning.



I rang Dawn, and the problem seems to be the rats.

Some complaints from members of the public about the rats; not the rubbish, the illegal fishing, the dog crap, the burnt tables from, a few rats seems the cause for concern from a few members of the public.
So, I'm meeting Dawn this afternoon, at 2:30, by the feeders, to discus the rats.

We'll see what happens.


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)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
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)

Total species  21


  1. The Gull has hopefully learned to fly.
    I would love to be a fly on the wall whilst you have your rat discussion. Video it if you can.
    Good luck.

  2. I suggest that you don't mention that there is nothing half so much doing as simply messing about in boats.

    Good Luck, Keith.

  3. Yes, it would be the rats, bless their little hearts. They are lovely rodents.

  4. Thanks Adrian.
    Hopefully a sensible discussion. :-)

    Thanks Graeme. Hmmm, the boats. I'd love to ban them from the lake lol

    Cheers Bob. Yea, there's worse 'rats' visiting the lake.

  5. HI Keith..I laughed when i saw your reply to Bob ..I was thinking the same thing ..I have always said there is more to fear from people than any animal!! ; }
    Your probably meeting with Dawn about now so hope all goes well!!

    PS It would be great if the Common gull did fly away!

  6. Rats no doubt attracted just as much by left over food and if they weren't there they would be in back gardens searching for scraps.

  7. It's a bit late to wish you luck with the meeting, but I hope it went well...[;o)

  8. Welcome back and I will try to be back as well. Don't back down on the bird feeders. Great Pics.

  9. A direct messge for Dawn.
    Rats have to live somewhere.. you don't want them in your homes of course.. but please give them some room in the countryside..

  10. So...rats are animals--so whats the problem? Some people...geeze.
    Impressive sightings list for the day anyways...

  11. Thanks for all the support.
    The meeting went well. I'll elaborate later, but at the moment, the feeders are staying.

    Thanks Grace. The Common Gull remains a mystery at the moment.

    John, an excellent point.

    Trevor, thanks. A productive meeting. :-)

    Thanks Dale. Good to see you back.

    Andrew, thanks. I think 'town folk' should stay out of the countryside, if they can't accept it for what it is.

    Thank you Sondra. I think the main problem is a small minority of the people who visit the lake.