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

Monday, 17 October 2011


Another dry morning, without the mist this time, and the light was like gold.

A circuit of just the north lake today.

Up by the pub, the Lesser Black-backed Gull was wandering around on the grass, and a few Starlings were gathering up on the sails of the windmill. Their numbers are certainly increasing now, as are the Coots. Quite a few Wigeon today, too.

A couple of Jays flew across the lake, up by the weir, and a couple of Magpies escorted a Sparrowhawk along his way.
Along the path, a pair of Swans seemed to be coaxing one of their cygnets towards the river. There were already 4 swimming around in there, and I wondered if these were the Swans that originally had 8 youngsters. They lost one quite early, and recently I've only noticed 6. Have they lost another?
The male Swan had a metal ring on his right leg, with a number; '8223' or 'B223'.
I'll see if I can find out any info on him.

As I got up to the footbridge, by the bandstand, a group of Long Tailed Tits flew into some berry laden bushes.

A few lovely moments watching this noisy little party; and something I've not seen before.........they were eating the berries.

According to my bird books, they eat insects. Maybe they don't read the books. 

Back at the car park, a few minutes watching the birds on the feeders, and then I saw some Redwings up in the bushes. Only managed a couple of shots for now, but this one's for Bob, because I know he likes them.


Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
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)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  34


  1. A nice 'golden' morning Keith.

    Beautiful images of the LTT's, I guess if you're hungry anything will do!...[;o)

  2. Hi Keith...Oh my I literaly held my breathe over those adorable photo's of the Long Tailed Tit... (I just love that little bird!!)there are no words to discribe these photo's...what a wonderful opportunity that was...fanastic!!

    Lovely the gold effect of the morning!!

    Hugs Grace

  3. Lovely photos, especially the Long-tailed Tits. Thanks for the Redwings, yes, I do love them.

  4. Thanks Trevor. Yea, something I've never seen them do before. Quite a few different birds enjoying all the berries this morning.

    Thanks Grace. They are lovely little birds aren't they.

    Thanks Bob. Glad you enjoyed the Redwing.

  5. That is unusual to see LTTs eating berries Keith.
    I haven't seen a Redwing or a Fieldfare yet this autumn.

  6. Thanks Roy.
    I've only noticed the Redwings in the last couple of days. A few seem to have settled here now. The Fieldfares the last couple of days too, but they are on the move. Maybe yours will be with you soon.

  7. Lovely captures Keith.. I get the LtT's on my garden fatballs but have never witnessed the fruit...building up for a harsh winter? nature knows a lot more than we do..

  8. Thanks Andrew. Something I've never seen before. Hope you're wrong about the harsh winter. I think the wildlife could do with a break :-)

  9. Thanks, I am totally relaxed and ready to begin my day.

    So cute the little berry eater, perhaps he just discovered how absolutely yummy berries are ;)

  10. Gemel, thanks. Glad you enjoyed it. Hope your day is a good one.

  11. I see FALL color has arrived in your area..gorgeous little LTT's in the berries!!

  12. Thanks Sondra. Yea, some of the trees have had a golden colour for a while; the rest are gradually catching up lol

  13. Insects don't stay still - berries do ;)

    Very brisk cold winds here today.

  14. I guess they're opportunists like the rest of us John. :-)

  15. "Caldecotte Lake" has been included in this weeks Sites To See. I hope this helps to attract many new visitors here.

  16. Thank you FishHawk; very kind of you.