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, 3 December 2011


A quick visit round both lakes this morning, after filling the feeders.

I walked the south lake first, and found the Great Northern Diver still around. Seems he must like it here.
Good numbers of the usual ducks at the far end of the south lake, but a few being put up in the air by the boats. Well, it is Saturday.

Little Grebe, Coot, Wigeon, and Gadwall; along with a couple of Herons, were around the new wader scrape, and a Song Thrush singing merrily from high in a tree.

A few Mallards were being rather frisky too. Must be the mild weather.

Onto the north lake, and under the road bridge, a Grey Wagtail along the new shore.

A Kingfisher flashed past up by the bandstand, and a few Tufted Duck were seeking sanctuary from the boats around here too.

A large group of Lapwing flew high overhead, and lower down, a Jay flew by, calling noisily.

A last look at the feeders before I left, and just a very visible squirrel. Must be the one who destroyed one of the feeders while I was away, and chewed his way into a reserve stash I'd hid there.

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)
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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
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)
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)
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)

Total species  36


I'll try and catch up with everyone soon.


  1. Welcome back Keith..
    I hope the new shoreline stays for a while you may get some lovely new waders in.

  2. Beautiful image of the Grey Wagtail. It is nice to see your back, again.

  3. Thats a great Grey Wag shot Keith and set in its typical environment.

  4. Thanks Andrew. I think the low water level looks set to stay a while. I think there could be some interesting birds start to turn up soon.

    Thank you Bob. I've got some catching up to do now lol

    Thanks Roy. I'd messed up the settings when I took it, so I was lucky to get a shot at all.

  5. Great shot Keith...glad to have you back!

  6. Thanks Sondra. I need to get exploring properly here again, after my break.

  7. Creoso cartref!

    Super shot of the Grey Wagtail Keith.

    And the Squirrel fights back!....ding,ding...round two!!

  8. Cheers Trevor.
    Yea, that squirrel!!