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

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Sunny, but cold.

And what a morning. Some excellent birds seen.

After filling the feeders, I made my way round the north lake first. Cold, and slippery underfoot, but the sun was shining like a spring morning.

A small group of Greylag Geese were swimming about; the first I've seen here for a while, and up by the footbridge, the Heron was standing out in the lake. It just shows how shallow the water now is in places. So shallow, that some had frozen overnight.

Tufted Duck were gathering in one area, near the self build houses. Presumably to avoid the boats that seemed to be out in force this morning.
Up at the weir end, along with the regular Gadwall, Coot and Wigeon, a single female Goosander.

 My first sighting here of the winter months. No doubt there will be more to come.

A Kingfisher flew over a group of Wigeon, Gadwall and Coot, and disappeared in the bushes along the edge.

Round past the pub, the usual Black-headed Gulls, Pied Wagtails, and Crows.

A couple of Crows followed me as I made my way round the south lake.
The lure of the apple core!
They soon learn that food is possibly available at this part of the lake.

A couple of Herons, standing in the reeds, and as I reached the far end, a Little Egret along the edge of the island.

The wader scrape had a few Black-headed Gulls and Common Gulls, and a Jay flew into the trees; too quick for a picture. The Kingfisher was as well; but good to see two this morning.

As I made my way to the second so called 'hide', (more like a pallet on its side), I could hear the sound of Siskin up in the trees.

 Always good to see these lovely little birds.

As I made my way towards the rowing club, a Green Woodpecker was laughing as he flew into the trees, and the sound of Goldfinches was coming from the reeds.
A few brave Coots were bobbing in the water, oblivious to the boats that were now cutting their way through the water.

On the Cormorant island, a young Great Crested Grebe was waddling along the shoreline, looking very clumsy out of the water.

Back at the car park, one final look for the Great Northern Diver. He was fishing the best he could, in front of the pub, as the boats continued their merry way up and down the lake.

A wonderful morning.

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)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Great Northern Diver (Gavia immer)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
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)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
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 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)
Hooded Crow [sp] (Corvus cornix)
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  40


  1. What a superb day or morning. The lake should be full again but to me it's better as it is. They should fill it and drop the level on a weekly cycle. What does it balance? It is a place I could never live in but you really do show what has and with a little bit more money, could be made of it.

  2. The lake is one of 11, that supposedly take any flood water from Milton Keynes. All the roads and concrete of this 'new town', means that the fields can no longer take all the rainwater.
    Some parts of MK could probably benefit from some flooding in my opinion.

  3. Great photography Keith, I am pleased that you found the Goosander down in your part, it is superb.

  4. Wonderful images and a fantastic list today Keith...

  5. One of those mornings when it was worth going out Keith. Lovely lot of images.

  6. HI the water is low..maybe those boat will get snagged up in low water lol!!
    I don't imagine it matters to the water birds just as long as there is plenty of feed for them!!
    Looks like a chilly, but enjoyable walk you had this morning!!

  7. OHHH lovely birds today Keith...the Goosander is a beauty

  8. Thanks Bob. Yea, the Goosander is a lovely bird. It's good to see them here again.

    Thanks Andrew. Some good birds on this visit.

    Thanks Roy. The winter visitors are starting to arrive at the lake now.

    Grace, I think the only thing that will stop the boats, is when the water freezes.

    Thank you Sondra. Hopefully a few more will start to arrive now.

  9. A bright cold morning as least makes for decent photography weather. Definitely a time for wearing an extra layer or two,
    Lovely selections of bird life Keith.

  10. You do have a lot of observations done in a day. and there beautiful photos created, come here certainly still look more often.

  11. Thanks John. Yea, the thermal trousers are out now lol

    ceesvg, thank you for stopping by, and commenting. Hope to see you again. :-)