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Wednesday, 28 December 2011

The stars are still here

.......and so are a few 'birders'. A strange lot some of them.

Quite a windy morning, and a bit dull.

Round the north lake first, and the diver was being elusive; although he did show himself eventually. The Herons were fishing their usual spots, and a lot of flying by the geese this morning.

Up at the top end, a big flock of Greylag flew in, and had a conversation with the group of Canada Geese, that were already there. Seven Mute Swans flew in, to join the party, and a Kingfisher skimmed along the edge, by the reeds. Of course, none of this was captured on video; far too busy watching it all.
Wigeon and Gadwall were amongst all this commotion, and a few Coots fighting.
No sign of the female Goosander though.
Six Shoveler made an appearance, but seemed more interested in flying around.

A Heron was standing very tall, up on the grass bank,

but eventually flew off after a few pictures.

Onward, round the south lake, and a few 'birders' began to appear.
I rarely see a soul on my visits usually; just the odd one or two people with a pair of binoculars, or camera, that have an interest in the lake, and its birds.
It's strange how these extras suddenly turn up when a few birds are reported. It all seems a bit fake to me, tick listers; but that's just my opinion.

At the far end, the male Smew was still there, much to my surprise. Very difficult to get any video, or pictures though. A lot of Black-headed Gulls too, with a few Common Gulls mixed in.
Another Kingfisher flew across the lake too.

The Little Grebes were swimming around in their usual place,

and out in the middle of the lake, more Black-headed Gulls, and a few Lesser Black-backed Gulls. A lone Herring Gull sat on one of the buoys too.

As I got to the rowing club, I met Trevor, of Three CountiesHerald fame, and his better half. They'd come for a walk round.
After a quick chat, we went on our way; me back towards the car park, and Trevor in search of avian delights.

By the town houses, I managed a quick bit of video of the male Goosander, before he was spooked, and flew south, by three people with binoculars and a spotting scope.
Oh well.

And as I reached the car park, I bumped into another fellow blogger. Scott, of Wildlife, photography and stuff.
A quick chat, and then time to go, after checking on the feeders.

Good to see a Siskin 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)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Smew (Mergellus albellus)
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)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
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)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
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  42


  1. Another magical trip. I love birders with big lenses and posh tripods. Make my day.
    I prefer your take on the world your camera sees.
    Happy New year and pop up if lunacy would fit the bill.

  2. HI Keith....The Song Thrush was in great song this morning I love it!!
    The Heron; I love to see that looooong neck : ] stretched out ..he was ready to make his get away lol!!
    Busy place this morning huh!!


  3. Cheers Adrian. Yea, good to have some of these people around, if only for the entertainment value.
    Lunacy sounds good. I could do with some right now.

    Thanks Grace. Some of our birds are singing a lot more in the mornings than they would usually. This mild weather is playing havoc everywhere.
    Busy? Too busy for me lol

  4. You have certainly got a good selection there at the moment Keith.

  5. Brilliant Grey Heron and, a favourite of mine, the Little Grebe, it is wonderful. The birders, well, everyone has a hobby.

  6. Thanks Roy. It never disappoints me here.

    Thanks Bob. :-)

  7. Super shot of the Heron Keith, and another great walkdeo(!!) with those excellent flight shots.

    It was nice to meet up with you and have a brief chat. We really enjoyed our walk around the lakes, with lots to see off course, before we HAD! to go and explore the shops!!...[;o)

  8. Thanks Trevor.
    Hope you enjoyed the shops lol

  9. THE More the Merrier--eh some of them may have more Power over the
    What a line up you have out there right now...Super photos love the little grebe!!

  10. Thank you Sondra. Yea, the lake is bursting with little stars at the moment. :-)

  11. A good selection today Keith. The Heron definitely had its beady eye on what you were up to.

  12. Thanks John. They are such wary birds at times.