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

Monday, 26 December 2011

Boxing Day 2011

Dunno why it's called that.

Dull, cloudy, and spots of rain in the air.
Not good for pictures, but I tried a few.

In the bushes, near the car park, a Song Thrush was singing his song in the half light. Try as I might, I couldn't find him; but lovely to hear his singing.

The north lake had the Great Northern Diver still, and the female Goosander.

Both were up by the pub, although the Goosander decided to move up a bit further after a while.
A Kingfisher flashed by; his usual spot, close by the road bridge.

The south lake had a second Kingfisher, at the far end, and a Heron gave me a slow fly past.

I also had my first sighting of a male Goldeneye this winter, up by the rowing club.

Back at the car park, and the feeders, a single Siskin was with a group of Goldfinches; and in the bushes where I started from this morning, a Robin in fine voice.


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)
Common Goldeneye [sp] (Bucephala clangula)
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)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
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  36


  1. You are getting definitive heron shots. A real belter. Grey and miserable here.

  2. I've noticed on my Robin videos that sometimes it has its beak open but no sound is recorded. I wonder whether the sound at that time is too high to hear, maybe it is filling its lungs or maybe my high pitch hearing has deteriorated.

  3. Hi Keith...Nice to hear birds singing at the beginning so cheerful!!
    The Golden Eye is a very nice to see...I love there plumage!
    Lovely sunny day here after last nights inch or so of anow ..beautiful!!


  4. You make me see that I need to get out more, thanks.

  5. Some really nice shots on a dull day Keith.

  6. I had a woderful mild day here Keith.. Thanks for sharing yours..

  7. Christmas boxes were originally literally earthenware boxes. In mediaeval England, these boxes were used by the poor (servants, apprentices etc.) to save money throughout the year. At Christmas, the boxes were broken open and the savings shared to fund Christmas festivities. This meaning of Christmas box dates back to at least the early 17th century. The boxes were known in France as tirelire and are referred to in Randle Cotgrave's A Dictionarie of the French and English tongues, 1611:

    "Tirelire, a Christmas box; a box having a cleft on the lid, or in the side, for money to enter it; used in France by begging Fryers, and here by Butlers, and Prentices, etc."

    In a similar tradition, which is almost as old as the above and which is the one that has stayed with us until the present day, Christmas boxes were gifts, usually money, given to tradespeople or others who have rendered some service throughout the year but who aren't normally paid directly by the donor - for example, office cleaners, milkmen etc.

    Your pictures are brilliant.

  8. Thanks Adrian. There's no shortage of Herons at the lake to practice on.

    Interesting John. I'll have a good look and listen at my next singing Robin.

    Thank you Grace. The bird song in the mornings is like a spring chorus sometimes.

    Thanks Dale. Yea, I don't like to be stuck indoors. lol

    Thanks Roy. Hopefully some sunshine tomorrow.

    Thanks Andrew. Hard to believe we were blanketed in snow, this time last year.

    Bob, what can I say? Brilliant. Thanks for all that information.

  9. Hi an awesome reflection under your perfect heron shot..WHAT a sweet Robin singing his little heart out...

  10. Thanks Sondra. The birds never fail to please, whatever the weather. :-)