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

Sunday, 18 December 2011

A bit more snow, not a lot, but cold.

Sums up the morning really.

The sun looked good,

and there was even a sun dog in the sky.

The Great Northern Diver put in an early appearance, before the boats sent everything else scattering. A lot of the little areas of the lake, away from the main body of water, had frozen over. It was pretty cold this morning. Even some of the Canada Geese had frost on their backs.

The female Goosander was up at the top end of the north lake, away from the boats, along with a good number of Wigeon and Gadwall.

Two Kingfishers were by the pub, being quite vocal. Maybe one was an intruder.

On towards the south lake, and the snow began getting heavier; but then stopped almost as quickly as it had started. Couldn't make its mind up.

My Crows followed along most of the way towards the bottom end of the lake, enjoying the regular apple core.
A couple of Little Grebe's, diving as soon as they saw any sort of movement, and the Black-headed Gulls hogging what's left of the wader scrape.

In the trees, along the railway line, a large group of Fieldfare, and Redwing; and in some other trees close by, Siskin.

Finally, back at the car park, a quick look at the busy feeders; Goldfinch, Greenfinch, and on one of the nut feeders, a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

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)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
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)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
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)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  37


  1. A Grand morning wander. You were in the right place.
    The Heron was very accepting.

  2. Lovely to see Keith... I have had a wonderful sunny day.... very cold but wonderful all the same.

  3. Thanks Adrian. I think the Heron was too cold to bother about moving.

    Thanks Andrew. The afternoon turned out sunny; but bloody cold.

  4. Great skies, and the GND will never be alone with the boats. I have a little thought, send him over to us?

  5. A beautiful Sunrise.
    No snow here as yet but the first morning of negative temps. In fact the ice down the lane stayed all day.
    At least the forecast looks better as the week progresses.

  6. Thanks Bob. There's been a few sighted around the country. Maybe you'll get one local soon.

    Thanks John. Rain forecast here for tomorrow.

  7. Beautiful lyrics, Christmas is endearing,
    Very beautiful pictures,
    These days I wish peace and happiness come to your house.
    Happy Holidays!.
    a hug.

  8. Hi Keith,
    I have not been able to get on to either of your pages for a few weeks, just thought I would let you know :)

    I really have missed my visits, love the photos today.
    How is Jim?

  9. Thanks Gemel. Chrome browser is the problem.
    Jim is not too bad now the colder weather is here. His breathing is a bit easier. He seems to have lost his bark though; not that he ever barked much anyway lol

  10. Thank you for your comment Ricardo.
    I hope your Christmas is a good one too.

  11. Great video of your walk Keith, I almost started to get chilly towards the end...but no worries, I just turned the central heating up a notch!

    I liked the first image of the red sunrise through the trees...[;o)

  12. Glad to hear Jim is chirpier now :)

  13. Cheers Trevor. Central heating? Mmmm, luxury lol

    Thanks Gemel :-)

  14. wheatgerm, thanks for stopping by, and your comment.

  15. Merry Christmas to you and your readers, I'm just stopping by new blogs that i think are interesting. And then ill put some of those on my favorites list to visit again. Happy holidays folks and wishing everyone a healthy new years as well. Richard from a Amish community in Pennsylvania.

  16. Thank you Richard, and a very merry Christmas to you too.