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

Sunday, 25 December 2011

Christmas Day 2011

The stars this morning, were undoubtedly the Black-headed Gulls.

Hundreds of them on the grass in front of the pub; and more swirling in from the roost on the south lake.

As I made my way round the north lake, masses of them were circling in the sky, like Starlings. 
A murmation of gulls, perhaps?
Fantastic to see.

A Grey Heron landed himself a large fish, but flew too far away with it to get any decent pictures; plus the light was still poor. A bit on the video though. 
He certainly had himself a grand Christmas dinner though.

I just walked the north lake this morning; not many people around, but the usual birds.
A flash of blue as a Kingfisher flew along the edge, in his usual spot, and a Grey Wagtail, flying across the lake.

And the Great Northern Diver was still diving.

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)
Great Northern Diver (Gavia immer)
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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
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  31


Well, the big day today, so have a good one, whatever you're up to.

Jim's got a big bone, and I've a date with a bottle of malt, and a couple of DVD's.


  1. All the best to you and Jim. Mine are fast off. Nothing like rice, egg, chicken and a sausage for keeping dogs quiet.
    Unbelievable were those gulls. A great sighting.

  2. Cheers Adrian.
    The dogs dinners sound like the dogs wotsits.
    Me and Jim have got lamb chops, when I get round to it.

  3. Beautiful Gulls and the Grey Heron, it's lovely.

  4. HI Keith...That was a lot of gulls filling the sky there today ...a nice morning walk. which I am going to need many of to get rid of all these calories form all the food!!
    You and Jim have a good day ..enjoy those lamb chops,and you beverage ; }


  5. wow a huge group of gulls A Murmation indeed!! Hope your Christmas was Great!!!

  6. Thanks Bob. A shame I couldn't get pictures of the Heron with his dinner.

    Thanks Grace. Had a nice relaxing day. Hope you enjoyed yours.

    Thanks Sondra. The gulls were everywhere. Fascinating to watch.

  7. Thanks for this blog...we've just moved to Caldecotte and you have re-awakened my interest in birdwatching. Used to go with my dad when I was a teenager to watch birds on the Weaver Canal and Mersey river in Cheshire.Lovely videos and interesting commentary. Thank you.
    Jill Lewis

  8. Thank you Jill, appreciate your comments. I hope it helps to show just how much birdlife there is round the lake.
    Give us a wave sometime. :-)