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

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

I can't believe it's not Monday!!

A cold, frosty start to the day, and it must have fuddled my brain. I could have sworn it was Monday.

The Heron was in his usual spot, under the footbridge, near the bandstand, and I almost thought I'd get close.

A Buzzard was a nice surprise, gliding overhead; but he was soon moved on by three Crows. A flash of a Kingfisher, as he flew close to the bank, briefly settled in a tree, and then disappeared on the island.

Up by the weir, a second Kingfisher; and a group of Wigeon and Coots, enjoying the suns rays.

Past the pub, a few Pied Wagtails, Canada Geese, and Mallard; and as I began to eat my apple, a friend appeared.

Obviously telling me to hurry up, and finish.

Down by the railway line, at the south lake, a pair of noisy Jays were in the trees, and a group of Redwing feeding on the berries.

The wader scrape held the usual Black-headed Gulls, and a few Gadwall swimming around.

On past the offices, and up in the trees, a group of Siskin.

Always good to watch these, as they perform their acrobatics in the branches.

A couple of Little Grebe by the rowing club, and more Black-headed Gulls around the town houses. Probably waiting for people with some bread.

A quick look at the feeders, which were busy with Goldfinch and Greenfinch, and a very inquisitive Crow.

Probably thought I had more apples.

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)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
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)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
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)

Total species  37


  1. No matter what day it is Keith you still got an excellent tally of birds!

    Excellnt Crow images too...[;o)

  2. Wonderful video, overshadowed by the opening shot. A bit nippy up here this morning.
    Often thought that a free flying Crow or Rook would make my life more rewarding. They do get to trust you. They are very intelligent.

  3. A nice amount of lovable birds you have Keith, my favourite is the Siskin, beautiful.

  4. Thanks Trevor. The Crows are getting really trusting now. One flew over from the other side of the lake, and settled about six feet away.

    Thanks Adrian. I'd love to be able to get these fine birds feeding from my hand. Almost managed it last year.

  5. Thanks Bob. They're lovely little birds aren't they.

  6. Brings new meaning to "an apple a day..."

  7. Not knowing what day it is Keith, comes to us all eventually.{:)

  8. i have heard crows are easy to train...YES its Tuesday already..its going to be 2012 before we know it.

  9. It certainly does Dale. Amazing how they know I have them too.

    This ageing process is not nice Roy!! lol

    Sondra, you're right. 2012 gets ever closer; I hope it's a good one.

  10. Looks like the Heron is getting used to you. Lovely set of video captures. Crows do seem to object to certain other birds being around - here they mainly chase Herons.

    I was pleased I decided to wear my spikes for the Tuesday early morning walk - lots of icy pavements here.

  11. Thanks John. Very cold here today. I think we could be in for some dodgy weather soon.