Personal musings, wanderings and sightings from around the lake.
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Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Saturday 19th November 2011

A misty start, that soon gave way to some glorious sunshine in a clear blue sky.

The squirrel proof feeder seems to be doing the trick now; thankfully.

Working my way round the north lake first, I quickly caught up with the Great Northern Diver, fishing in his usual place. It wasn't long before he disappeared though; moving out into the main part of the lake.

A couple of Crows were busily probing the muddy edge, looking for some tasty treats.

Grey and Pied Wagtails were on the newly uncovered stony edge to the lake, and try as I might, I couldn't manage a picture of both in the same frame unfortunately.

 Pied Wagtail

Up by the steps, I caught up with the diver again, out in the main part of the lake; but he soon went back to his usual spot once the boats got out.
Hopefully they won't scare him off over the weekend, with their noisy tooing and frowing.

By the weir, the usual crowd of Wigeon, Gadwall and Coot; and a Kingfisher flying across the lake.
A lone Lapwing flew slowly overhead, then turned, and flew back.

Round the south lake, at the far end, the new wader scrape is still host to numerous Black-headed Gulls, and the odd Common Gull.

I noticed four Little Grebes swimming around too, but always too far away for pictures.

Past the rowing club, and back towards the car park.

Just in front of Cormorant island, a Great Black-backed Gull took to the air, disturbed by the boats.

 Arty? Or farty?

A couple of male Mallards were having an argument,

which gave me an excuse to try more arty farty shots.

A quick check on the feeders, and things were quite busy with Goldfinch and Greenfinch.
In the shallow area of the water, a Siskin was bathing alongside a couple of Goldfinch.

A long walk round this morning, stopping to talk to lots of people; but very enjoyable in the spring like sunshine.

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)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Northern Diver (Gavia immer)
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)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
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)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  41


  1. I like the Mallard. Arty that is, really arty.
    Good to see that you have better brains than a squirrel.

  2. Keith, perhaps losing all that water and exposing the shoreline, (and a wader scrape!) wasn't such a bad thing after all? It can only be a matter of time before something mega turns up!!

    And it looks like you had a great walk in the sunshine this morning?...[;o)

  3. Cheers Adrian. I was quite pleased with the farty shots.
    I think I've got the measure of that squirrel now.

    Trevor, I think you could be right. It does pong a bit round the lake though. I think now is a good time to clean up some of the crap in the lake.
    Yea, it was a great visit this morning.

  4. You had a nice morning and took pictures of the fighting Mallards, really great.

  5. Thanks Bob. Yea, had a great morning, and the weather was perfect.

  6. It is good and someone should be encouraged to alter the water level on a regular basis. It would flush the Big Mac boxes and provide what we have seen this week. Once a month in winter and twice as often in summer is my ignorant appraisal.

  7. I think I agree with you Adrian. I quite like the shallow areas around the edges, and the new 'wader scrape'.
    Just what this lake needs.

  8. I love seeing Wagtails Keith we often have them in the yard at work...It appears the level of your water has been a bit of a bonus for the wildlife... bet that wasn't meant to happen.

  9. Lovely day you had by the photos you share.
    Hows Jim?

  10. Thanks Andrew. The water level does seem to be a benefit in some ways.
    Like you say, probably unintentionally.

    Thank you Gemel
    Jim is still panting a lot, and sounds like he has a blocked nose at times. The vet assured me his nose was fine, so it must be the larynx.
    But to see him run around like a puppy, (he's 13), you'd think there was nothing wrong with him. I have to ring the vet next week, to see how the tablets have performed.

  11. Bless his wee heart, still sending hugs :)

    Fingers crossed for the vet phone call ♥

  12. Thanks Gemel.
    He's probably doing better than me lol