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

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Winter Thrushes have arrived

A cold misty morning, with a light frost.

A lovely sunrise this morning, through the mist.

The mist just hung over the lake for a few hours, but when it cleared, a beautiful morning in its wake; apart from the joggers and the boat people. Oh well, you can't have everything.

Overhead, two large flocks of Fieldfare, moving south, and round by the car park, my first Redwings of the coming winter. I guess winter is coming.
Hopefully pictures of these lovely thrushes in the next few days.

I just walked the north lake this morning, but plenty of ducks to pick out through the mist; Gadwall, Wigeon, Tufted, Mallard..........until the boats emerged from the mist, and sent most of them flying.

A few Herons fishing, along with Cormorants; and still lots of Mute Swans about.

Big numbers of Wood Pigeon flying overhead too, and a couple of Green Woodpeckers laughing, as they made for the trees.

Back at the footbridge, between the joggers, a couple of Reed Buntings, along with the Chaffinch.

I wonder how long to the first arrivals of Brambling?

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)
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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  33


  1. I can't get the video but the stills are beauties.

  2. Hi Keith....out of the mist they came "huh" sounds like the beginning of a horror movie lol!

    The sun rise throught the mist was lovely..a beautiful scene !!

    Hugs Grace

  3. The mist and the sunrise is a winner, well done Keith.

  4. Thanks Adrian. It was a lovely morning, and clear blue skies now.

    Grace, those boats are horrors to me lol
    A cold, but lovely morning.

    Thank you Bob. :-)

  5. Beautiful images... It's been a beautiful day here today.
    Not seen any Thrushes here yet Keith in fact in Cheshire the trees are still quite's been a really weird weather year has 2011.

  6. Beautiful images of the mist and sunrise Keith. Not so beautiful images of the boat people tho'

    I called in on the lakes around midday and walked the South lake, not a boat person...or boat in sight! (except captain ahab in his canoe that is!!)

    That's a perfect new site for the feeders, they were really busy!...[;o)

  7. the light on the swan is awesome...Terrific sunrise, the mist is surreal.

  8. Thanks Andrew. It looks like it will be another good day today. Maybe I'll get some of these thrushes today.

    Cheers Trevor. I think I'll take in the south lake today as well. The feeders were taking a hammering from a bloody squirrel yesterday.

    Thanks Sondra. It was a lovely start to a great morning.

  9. Two gorgeous photos Keith !! Love this misty atmosphere :)

  10. Thank you Pescalune. It was a lovely morning for pictures. :-)