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

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Sunny Sunday

It looked like it was going to be a misty morning, but the sun soon shone through that; and there were blue skies.

Boats, joggers and cyclists too.

The footbridge attracted over half a dozen reed Buntings, and Chaffinch, along with the regular tits and Goldfinches on the feeders.
A party of Long Tailed Tits dropped in for a while too.

The new feeding area is also attracting plenty of birds; Goldfinch, Greenfinch, and tits.

The north lake had the usual, and a Kingfisher by the weir.

An electric blue flash was all I could capture, as he disappeared in some bushes behind a Heron.

Plenty of Tufted Duck and Wigeon at the far end too, away from the boats.

As I made my way round the south lake, a single Greylag Goose amongst a group of Canada Geese, was giving me the once over, as I passed.

At the far end, another Kingfisher, and some Little Grebe, along with the Coots and Gadwall.

And of course, the ever present Crows.

An enjoyable morning in the sun.

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)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
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)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
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 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 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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  41


  1. Wow! Quick reactions, Keith. Respect!

  2. It has been a lovely day, for snapping a few of birds. You have a number of them, beautiful photos.

  3. Now I know who's hogging all the Sunshine lol.

  4. Thanks Andrew. It was like a spring morning.

    Thanks Graeme.

    Thank you Bob.

    Thanks John. Yea, it's been lovely here today.

  5. Fabulous shot of the Greylag Keith and that electric blue flash strikes again.{:)

  6. Thanks Roy.
    I'll get that Kingfisher one day lol

  7. our day started out the same...cloudy and grey but brightened up nicely and it was a great day. Glad the birds are busy at your new feeding area...Love the LTT and the GOOSE and of course the Kingfisher.

  8. Thanks Sondra.
    Yea the new feeding area is doing well. A good job, because there are still complaints about the old one, unfortunately.

  9. You got the Kingfisher.....great.
    Nice to see the sun.

  10. Cheers Adrian. I'm getting there. :-)