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

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Teal again.

Quite a chilly morning I thought, and cloudy too.

I put the new feeders in place before I set off round the lake, and one new one that I put up a couple of days ago, had been destroyed by the squirrel already.

The north lake didn't seem to hold much in the way of water birds today, except for a small group at the far end, consisting of a few Tufted, Wigeon and Pochard.

A few Wood Pigeons still flying in groups overhead, but that was about it for the north lake. Onto the south.

About twenty birds flew overhead, that I thought at first were maybe Fieldfare; but as they got over the water, they dropped down, and skimmed the surface the way Swallows do. There colouring then became noticeable; a light brown. A few flew up and began twisting and turning, as they chased each other. Not the sort of behaviour I'd expect of Fieldfares. No idea what they were.

Down by the railway line, and through the arch, plenty of Feral Pigeons in the field, with Crows, Jackdaws and Magpies. A group of smaller birds dropped down from the trees, and also landed in the field. Chaffinches, and mixed in with them, one or two Yellowhammer.

At the far end of the lake, on the water, the Teal again. Maybe they've decided they like it here. A few Pochard with them, Tufted Duck, Wigeon and Gadwall. Also a pair of Shoveler and a couple of Little Grebe.
In the trees and bushes I heard, and then saw, some Goldcrest, hurriedly flitting from branch to branch, in search of insects. Surprised to see them at this part of the lake.
And then another surprise; a male Blackcap foraging in the top of the tree.

It felt much colder as I made my way back to the car park, and plenty of leaves have now fallen from the trees.

Back at the footbridge, a Dunnock in the bushes, spotted me as I tried my best to be invisible.

He didn't seem that bothered though.

And the birds seemed to have taken to the new feeders already

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Common Teal [sp] (Anas crecca)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
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)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Stock Pigeon [sp] (Columba oenas)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Goldcrest [sp] (Regulus regulus)
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)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Yellowhammer [sp] (Emberiza citrinella)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  43


  1. A pretty good haul today. I saw hundreds of Fieldfare a couple of days ago. Never seen so many.
    Grand shots of the Woodpecker.

  2. Thanks Adrian. There's been a lot of Fieldfares on the move recently.

  3. A lovely post Keith looks like you had a good day.. Nice video clip and it was lovely to watch the swans in flight and the GSW.

  4. It looks like you had a great day Keith.. the swans in flight and the GSW were wonderful to watch.

  5. Thanks Andrew. Yea, a good visit.

    (sorry about duplicating double comment, it's early, and I'm not awake properly yet lol)

  6. I like the Great Spotted Woodpecker, always working.

  7. Keith, those new feeders!

    Great tracking on the flying swans and a well spotted...sorry!...GSW, along with the Goldcrest and Blackcap....[;o)

  8. Thanks Bob. Busy little birds aren't they :-)

    Thanks Trevor. Yea, I don't know why the makers of these things think we want such gaudy looking objects hanging in our gardens.
    I might have to get the paint out lol

  9. Great video of the swans in flight - bet you expecting then to land ;)

  10. Love the photo...and it doesnt take birds long to find a good source of food...

  11. I was hoping John lol

    Thanks Sondra. Yea, coming up to the time soon when they will be needing it more.