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

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Wet, miserable Tuesday

Like the title says, and dull and dark with it.

A light drizzle most of the morning. The sort that doesn't look much, until you realise you're soaked. 'Orrible weather.

The footbridge was very busy this morning; plenty of Chaffinches about, along with some Reed Buntings, Dunnocks, and a few tits.
The north lake looked very dull, with just a few Black-headed Gulls around, Crows and Magpies, and Coots.

The Heron was in his usual place, under the footbridge. Amazing how joggers and dog walkers can pass over the bridge, and he doesn't move. But the minute I start to get near,

he's off like a bullet!

Onto the south lake, and the weather wasn't improving. At the far end, most of the water birds had decided this was the place to be. Little Grebe, Wigeon, Gadwall, Tufted Duck and Pochard, all in the small area opposite the island.
Nothing much else about though; maybe they were all sheltered from the lousy weather.

Back at the car park, a quick look at the new feeding area. The nyger seed feeder was covered in Goldfinches, with a couple of Greenfinch impatiently waiting their turn.
And on the gaudy coloured mixed seed feeder, a couple of tits, that looked as though they were staring at each other through the tube.

Good to see the birds have accepted the new feeders; at both areas.

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)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
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')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
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)
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  33


  1. You said it, wet, miserable Tuesday. I do like your photos.

  2. Thanks Bob. It's been an awful day here. :-(

  3. Hi Keith...Those are a lot of mouths your feeding there and they sure have taken to the new feeders well!
    A dull morning but a lot of birds on the water and at the feeders!!
    I love watching those Herons coming in for a landing lol!!
    That Heron has you figured out, and he knows those joggers are just going to keep going !!


  4. Thanks Grace.
    Yea, that's a smart Heron. I'm sure he recognises me lol

  5. Another excellent video Keith, despite the dismal weather we're having of late.

    Now, I've worked out a plan for how you can get closer to that Heron...First you need to get some camouflaged lycra and a pair of jogging shoes and then, with a little practice, you'll be able to get perfect close up shots as you glide effortlessly by...good eh!!

    Fantastic to see those Goldies on the feeders, I think you must have 'pinched' my five regulars as I've not seen them for the last couple of[;o)

  6. Camo lycra? Now there's a thought. I trust you know where I can get some Trevor? lol

  7. Awful weather, A great shot of the Heron........very arty.

  8. Cheers Adrian. Much the same again today. A quick visit to top up the feeders, and back home.

  9. Dismal overcast weather here for days now. Lovely to see the goldies at the feeder.

  10. Thanks John. I think it will all change soon.