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Sunday, 9 October 2011

Bureaucracy

Back after a week away, and I come home to a pile of letters, all awaiting urgent attention, and this, attached to the tree with the feeders.




Now it could mean one of two things; a bollocking for feeding the birds; or they're going to donate some bird seed to help out.
I'll ring them tomorrow, but I think I know how the conversation will go.

More importantly though, the birds.
The feeders were all empty, but a few birds were around by the bridge. A few more turned up once the feeders were full.

Around the north lake the bird population consisted mainly of Coots, but a flash of blue, as a Kingfisher made his way across the lake was a welcome sight, and a Heron,




just loafing around.

Around by the pub, a couple of Pied Wagtails, Black-headed Gulls, Cormorants, and quite a few Starlings. And briefly, on the grass,



 a Green Woodpecker.


Quite a dull, cloudy morning, but at least the rain had stopped, as I made my way round the south lake.

More Coots.
A few Mute Swans, Great Crested Grebes; and out in the middle of the lake, a dozen or more Lesser Black-backed Gulls, bobbing on the water.

The south end of the lake seemed very quiet, and as I made my way back towards the car park, a Robin was keeping a watchful eye.




An interesting morning.









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)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
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)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)

Total species  25


11 comments:

  1. Great images Keith especially the Green Woodpecker.

    Good luck with all the letters and the phone call tomorrow!...[;o)

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  2. I'm glad you're back, and back with a vengence. The camera is working well I see. Brilliant photos.

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  3. HI Keith...So nice to have you back with us...do hope your time away was good!
    I would not be surprised if some of the women jogger complained about the Rats at the feeders you know the eeeeeekkkkS thing!!
    Of course Rats do carry diseases so maybe that's the problem....providing bird food hmmmm...not likely lol!!
    Love that Green Woodpecker!!

    Grace

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  4. HI Keith...So nice to have you back with us...do hope your time away was good!
    I would not be surprised if some of the women jogger complained about the Rats at the feeders you know the eeeeeekkkkS thing!!
    Of course Rats do carry diseases so maybe that's the problem....providing bird food hmmmm...not likely lol!!
    Love that Green Woodpecker!!

    Grace

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  5. Cheers Trevor. Yea, I must remember to keep calm on the phone lol

    Thank you Bob :-)

    Thanks Grace. Yea, had a great time.
    My guess the problem is probably the rats. But they were there before I started the feeding; so maybe an interesting conversation tomorrow lol

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  6. Yeah! like they are going to donate some seed, don't think I have ever seen flying pigs Keith, but you never know. More likely something to do with attracting vermin, but what are they going to do about the two legged vermin that frequent the place and dump rubbish everywhere.

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  7. I hope you had a lovely week Keith.

    Re: the notice on the tree... just send an e-mail and a link to your wonderful blog with instructions to also read all your followers comments... I await the outcome.

    Take care..

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  8. Keith, Whales do you good. Superb pictures.
    I chased a Green Woodpecker over Clumber Park and never managed a snap......Wee beauty was in Birch scrub and just hopped fifty yards one way and back. Yours is a definitive image.

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  9. Roy, couldn't agree more. After the rubbish left during the summer months, the BBQ's burning picnic tables and areas of grass, the fishing line left along the banks, (which has snared birds that I've had to release), the rats have been living under the bridge for ages......long before I started feeding the birds last November.
    I think I might be in for a row.

    Thanks Andrew. A great time spent in Wales.
    If the outcome of the phone call tomorrow is negative, I shall be asking for the response in writing. I can share the 'news' easier.

    Cheers Adrian. Yea, Wales is good.
    I've a load of pictures to sort through still.

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  10. it would be crazy for them to get at you for feeding the birds and yet they didnt hang a notice when the park was trashed and the tables were burned----Im wondering if they are aware that MUCH of the blog world is kept aware of what happens at that park??
    Well if WE can help you with support let us know!! WE will email the park commissioner!!
    Awesome photos...Ive been absent from blogging a lot lately...but should be catching up over the next month...we had family visiting but now she has returned home...
    YOUR photos are awesome...love that heron and the WP also!!

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  11. Sondra, thank you.
    I'll be ringing them later, to see what they want. I'll post the outcome.

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