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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.

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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 barbecues...............no, 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.

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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



11 comments:

  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.

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  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.

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

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  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.

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  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!!
    Hugs!!
    Grace

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

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  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.

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

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

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  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..

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

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  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.

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