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

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Sunday 16th October 2011

(a lot of pictures today; sorry for the overload)

Another misty start to the day; but no frost.

I couldn't see any winter thrushes this morning, but the winter ducks are building up their numbers. Despite the best efforts of the boat people putting the birds in the air,

there are still good numbers of Coot, Tufted Duck, Wigeon and Wigeon.
And at the far end of the south lake, half a dozen Little Grebe swimming around.

But back to the north lake, first. A Kingfisher flashed by his usual spot, and a few Herons flying or fishing, when they weren't disturbed.
A Jay gave me the chance for a distant flight shot.

 I could get better with this.

On the south lake, a lovely Grey Wagtail flew in, and briefly posed for a few pictures in the sunlight.

Still no sign of the Common Gull on Cormorant island, but a few Cormorants on there, and using the boat peoples buoys to dry their wings.

And at the feeders, a Crow was overlooking everything,

and a rat was doing his best to look 'cute'.


Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
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)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
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)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
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  35


  1. Great shots today........rain and fog here.

  2. That was good to get the Grey Wag Keith and Joe Crow doing his Darth Vader impression.
    Lovely flight shots, especially the Canada.

  3. Great number of birds, and with the Rat, well, you can't stop it from him/her looking "cute".

  4. Looks like you had a wonderful stroll today Keith... I thought the Crow was wearing sunglasses when I first viewed it... and yes the Rat does look quite cute.

  5. Thanks Adrian. I had a great morning.
    Hope you get better weather tomorrow.

    Thanks Roy. The Crow was a real poser.

    Cheers Bob. Yea, poor ratty has such a bad reputation.

    Thanks Andrew. The rat was cute, and bold. Didn't want to move lol

  6. Great video and images Keith.

    Love the Heron on the foot bridge!

    Well done with the Grey Wagtail, excellent image, and the 'cute ratty' at the end!

    Is that Jay doing an impression of Superman![;o)

  7. Cheers Trevor.
    I was surprised to see that Heron up on the bridge; he won't catch many fish from there lol

  8. Never be sorry for overloading on your photos, they are always food for my soul.

  9. Gemel, thank you.
    You're very kind :-)