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

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Water levels rising.

A cold, frosty morning, a nice dawn, that soon got cloudy. Spots of rain, and then sun.
We had it all this morning.

The boats were out in force, and kept a few of the birds on the move; but despite this, I managed to see the Great Northern Diver, and the female Goosander, along with Pochard, Gadwall, Tufted, and Wigeon.

Not forgetting the Canada Geese, of course.

 Always good watching them.

An amazing number of Great Crested grebes around too.

And the water levels? Well, they have certainly risen since I last had a good look.
We've lost a lot of the shoreline now, and the wader scrape has shrunk; but I'm sure it's a benefit to all the water birds. It means that the water will not freeze so easily in this colder weather now, and give them more area to fish and feed in.
Last years Kingfisher population was hit very hard, when the lake froze over.
Their numbers now, are up to around four that I know of on the lake.

As I made my way round the south lake, I had my usual escort of three Crows, awaiting the apple core. Just over half way they followed me, before stopping, and not venturing any further. It seemed like an invisible line was there, and they wouldn't cross into another's territory.

Not like the Herons, who were constantly aggravating other Herons, by flying into their air space.

Half a dozen Siskin down at the far end of the south lake, and about twenty Redwing up in the tree tops.

Lots of Canada Geese coming in, and landing on the water, like water skiers.

Eventually, back at the car park, a quick look at the feeders, and a Moorhen was doing his best to clear up the fallen seed.

Still cold, but the sun was shining again now.

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)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
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)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
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)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
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  41


  1. Ten minutes of brilliant video but I love the still of the grey heron. A top notch day.
    Bloody awful it is here.
    Tomorrow is going to be sunny and cold................I hope.

  2. Thanks Adrian. I had a good visit today, apart from the bloody boats.
    Some good birds here, and still some more to come, hopefully.

  3. It's been a horrible day of heavy rain with some sleat I was glad I was in work this morning (it really was that bad.
    Many thanks for sharing your better waether Keith.

    A lovely selection of birds today.

  4. Thanks Andrew.
    I thought that's how the day would turn out here; but it improved, thankfully.

  5. The Grey Heron is proud of you, so eloquent the way it flies. You always got a few surprises.

  6. Hi Keith...I am behind today or for you almost tomorrow..
    I did see your previous post yesterday.. had a phone call and didn't get back to was a great post with the Green Woodpecker's amazing stuff you caught there!!
    Love the stills today especially the Heron and the geese coming in for a landing!
    The video was great with the sunrise so pretty ...the N. Diver and many water and your Crows crack me up though ; }
    Thanks for coming by ..I did another post last evening with bird close ups I have a Tufted Tit Mouse on is the only "ooops" how do I say ..well you have the Blue Tit, Coal Tit, and the Long tailed Tit we only have hmmm... one tit.. lol check it out if you have a chance post that is lol

  7. Nice walk and a nice sunrise Keith.

  8. Thanks Grace. The Crows are real celebrities :-)
    I'll check out your post.

    Thanks Roy. It turned out better than I thought.