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

Sunday, 20 November 2011


A very foggy start to the day this morning. Difficult to see anything on the lake, so my attention was drawn more to the trees and bushes.

Wood Pigeon, Wren, Song Thrush, Robin, Chaffinch and Goldfinch, to name but a few; and those on the water that I did see, were Tufted Duck, plenty of Coot, Wigeon and Gadwall.

The fog can sometimes bring down some extra birds; but only if you can see them.
It was quite thick this morning.

I did a circuit of the south lake first this morning, thinking that maybe the fog would clear quickly. The south lake sometimes has less species than the north; plus the diver is at the north.

The fog persisted.

I arrived at the north lake.

At the pub, a Crow was enjoying a crayfish, he had managed to catch from the edge of the lake.

The low water levels are benefiting some birds.

The fog was still hanging over the water, despite the best efforts of the sun to shine through.

Up by the weir, a good number of Wigeon and Gadwall, with the Coots, and Green Woodpeckers laughing as they cut through the fog.

I got to the spot where the Great Northern Diver has been hanging around  for a few days, but the fog was still thick, limiting what could be seen.
The only diver I could see was a juvenile Great Crested Grebe.

At least he was co-operative .

Back at the car park, a quick check on the feeders, and then back home.

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)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  31


  1. You had a poor day like me. Well, it should get a bit better. Good video you've made.

  2. You can trust Joe Crow to capitalise on anything different Keith. Its been a really miserable day up here with this fog.

  3. It's funny to see you enjoying the lower water level on your lake Keith.
    While I am overjoyed at the refilling of my little local pool it has almost too much water and no shoreline for the waders..
    Hopefully time and nature4 will sort that out...

  4. Thanks Bob. The sun did out; once I'd got home lol

    Cheers Roy. That Crow looked pleased with himself, as he strutted around with that crayfish.

    I think the level of water here is just about right now. Created some great shoreline, and a great wader scrape at the far end. I really hope it stays that way.

  5. Here's to better weather. What are those red Willow like plants that grow by the path there? I've seen them before and always forget to look them up.

  6. Clever Crow, bless him.
    Lovely foggy day you had, I can almost smell the misty air all the way over here :)

  7. It was all a bit of a MISTery for you yesterday Keith! But, still an excellent video.
    I hope the visibility is better this morning..[;o)

  8. Almost reminds of the smog in the good old days when I lived in London. Fortunately we seem to have escaped fog round here - so far.

  9. Thanks Adrian. Those red stemmed plants are Cornus, or Dogwood.
    The variety is C.alb 'Sibirica'; and the yellow ones, C stolonifera 'Flaviramea'. Lovely plants this time of the year.

    Thanks Gemel. Yea, the Crow was pretty smart. :-)

    Thanks Trevor. It was much better this morning, but I could only manage a quick visit.

    I remember those terrible smoggy days John. Thankfully just a thing of the past now.