Personal musings, wanderings and sightings from around the lake.
A little history, and about the lake, at the bottom of the page.

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



Monday, 31 January 2011

Sunny, but cold

A day off, and sunshine; but so very cold.

Most of the lake has frozen overnight, and most of the birds have disappeared.
And this post has taken more time to do on this laptop, than I spent walking round the lake…..grrrrrrrr!
The computer doctor comes tomorrow; hope he’s got a magic wand!

But the lake. Well, I topped the seed up on the bridge, and then made my way round the south lake first. A lot of the water was frozen, and a lot of the ducks seem to have left, looking for some unfrozen water elsewhere. Who can blame them.
The highlight of the south lake was a handsome Buzzard, sat in a tree. No picture unfortunately; one look at me, and he was off.
A few Coots on the water that hadn’t frozen, and a few Mute Swans, and that was about it.

Back at the bridge, more seed, and some time spent watching the birds there.





 Plenty of Reed Buntings, along with Chaffinch and Great Tits.


On round the north lake, and very much the same as the south; very few birds, and lots of ice. They’re certainly having a tough time again. The Heron was in his usual spot, under the foot bridge, and a few Black-headed Gulls standing around on the ice; and of course, the Mallards. They came looking for food, and found some.

Up by the weir, the Grey Wagtail was foraging,


searching out any insects that may be around, and a few Wigeon were out on the grass; until a dog set them off, and back to the safety of the water.

A slow walk back to the foot bridge once more, and a few more moments with the birds there, until the cold weather got the better of me, and I headed home.








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)
Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
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)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  37

Sunday, 30 January 2011

At last

When it rains, it bloody pours!!!

I'd almost completed a post,and then ........................ nothing! The computer seems to have died, and everything on it.
This is being done on a laptop that would be better off in the bin. I've managed to get on the site with the video, so I can do that bit; bt the rest is lost, till I can contact the computer doctor.

Anyway, here's todays video; and I'm going to drown in a bottle of wine.

See ya all later

I hope







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 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)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
Mistle Thrush [sp] (Turdus viscivorus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
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 Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species 35

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Dull Sunday

Dull and cold this morning; and joggers, boats and walkers; and a bit late with this, I fell asleep.

I walked the south lake first; the usual Pochard, Tufted Duck and Black-headed Gulls; and a few boats about too. This tends to keep the birds airborne, and unfortunately using up energy that they need for the cold evenings.

Back at the footbridge, I topped up the seed, then made my way round the south lake.
Four female Goosander were the highlights here.
At the top end, by the weir, quite a few Wigeon, amongst the Tufted Duck and Pochard, and a few Herons, trying to out fish the illegal fishermen wandering the bank.

Back at the bridge, were plenty of Chaffinch, Reed Buntings and Tits; and a group of 8 or 9 Long Tailed Tits raiding the fat ball feeders.
Considering the dull, cold weather though, there were quite a few people about.

I dread to think what summer will bring.







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)
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)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species 33

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Saturday 22nd January

The morning started dull and wet, and didn’t improve.

Joggers, boats, bikes and walkers; it’s a wonder there were any birds.

Four Goosander though, and I managed to capture most of the Great Crested Grebes weed dance on video.
I set off round the south lake first, for a change, after putting some seed on the bridge.



First female Goosander spotted, along with lots of Tufted Duck, Coots, Mallards and some boats, getting ready to venture out.
I stopped at the bottom of the south lake, and watched as two Great Crested Grebes began their courtship, and weed dance. Spring can’t be far away now, with the Mallards at it, and the Grebes getting all romantic.
A couple of Sparrowhawks flying overhead, and a group of Canada Geese grazing on the west shore kept me entertained; and then two more female Goosanders.

Onto the north lake, with more Coots, Pochard, Wigeon, and yet another female Goosander. Don’t know where the males have gone, but plenty of females here.
Two more Grebes were indulging in some head shaking, and I managed to get a good view of a Green Woodpecker; before he realised I was watching him.

Back at the footbridge, I topped up the seed again, and watched the Chaffinches and Reed Buntings enjoying breakfast.
More joggers were appearing now, along with some walkers and one or two bikes, so I decided it was time for me to leave.

An enjoyable morning though, despite the weather and the people.







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)
Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
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)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
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)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  37

Friday, 21 January 2011

Friday morning

A very quick visit this morning, as I had a doctor’s appointment later. I concentrated my efforts around the footbridge at the car park, and it was good to see so many Chaffinches and others enjoying the seed.
There’s also a new sign near the car park.



A map of the lake, and encouraging people to ride their bikes in the ‘park’.
Not sure I’m keen on the idea of loads of bikes bombing around the lake; we’ll have to see.






Full list of today’s sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris britannica)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  25

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Thursday

Another frosty morning, but not so cold as yesterday.

A very quick walk round the north lake today, and then a quick visit to a local shopping area, where some Waxwings have been reported. I managed to catch up with about 100 of them, before the rain spoilt things, and they left.



But back at the lake. I didn’t see very much of note this morning, apart from the regulars. Plenty of Chaffinch, Blue Tits, Great Tits and Reed Buntings at the footbridge;




and lots of Canada Geese around the lake. Four Song Thrushes seen this morning too; always good to see them.


Hopefully some better weather tomorrow.







Full list of today’s sightings
  
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species 23


Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Sleigh bells

A visit before work this morning. I was hoping for a sunny morning, but it was a bit misty; and very frosty.

Left some seed on the bridge, and walked round the south lake first. A lot of Tufted Duck and Black-headed Gulls, a few Great Crested Grebe, and Blackbirds. About half a dozen Fieldfare flew overhead, and then I heard the sound of sleigh bells, as I got near the offices.
A dozen Waxwings noisily flew overhead, their unmistakeable sound giving them away. A shame they didn’t settle, but very few berry trees here; instead they carried on. A great tick for the lake nonetheless.

As I got to the first block of houses, past the rowing club, two female Goosander left the water, and flew past, back in the direction I’d just came from. More Tufted Duck and Coots, and a few Mute Swan, were swimming round, hoping I had some food.

Back at the footbridge, more seed, then on round the north lake.



A couple of Lapwings, and a Sparrowhawk were the best of the north lake; along with a Jay, and a few Wigeon. The river is still up high, and the weir is flowing very strongly at the moment. Seems to be a lot of water around. 

As I got back to the footbridge again, the sun began to break its way through the mist.



Too bad I had to go, and get ready for work.







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)
Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Bohemian Waxwing [sp] (Bombycilla garrulus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  36

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Very quick visit

This morning I stopped off at the car park bridge on the way to a meeting at work, and topped up the seed. All through the meeting, I was gazing out the window, watching the sun. If only I was at the lake…………….

Meeting over, and I left just after 2 p.m. Sun still shining.
I stopped off at home, let Jim out, and then made my way back to the lake. This was going to be a quick visit, just around the car park bridge. I topped up the seed, and noticed a red bag, next to the fat ball feeder I’ve hung in a tree.



Someone had left a bag of seed hanging for the birds. Nice one!


It wasn’t long before the birds began to come down for the seed on the bridge; and even better, the sun was shining.


 Great Tit



 Robin



 Reed Bunting



 Blackbird


A quick glance across the south lake, revealed a female Goosander, and an equally quick glance under the road bridge, revealed a few Mallard, Tufted Duck and Coot.

Not a bad afternoon visit, even if only for just over an hour.



Full list of today’s sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
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)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  30

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Sunday morning

Another dull, cloudy windy morning, with some rain thrown in for good measure.

I just walked the north lake this morning, and again, nothing much of great note or excitement. One duck had me wondering on its ID for a while though, but after looking at the shots I got, I’m going with a Tufted Duck. I thought for a moment I had a Scaup.



I did see a Jay, first one I’ve seen here this year, and another Treecreeper; but the rest of the sightings were the usual crowd.

I fed the Crows and ducks, topped up the seed on the bridge a couple of times, and a small party of Long Tailed Tits stopped off at the fat balls.



Always good to watch their antics. A few Chaffinch and Reed Buntings, in with the Tits, and some Greenfinch,




but the weather, constant joggers, and cyclists thundering over the bridge made it a short visit.

Might not be able to get there till Wednesday next. Back at work on Monday.





Sunday morning from holdingmoments on Vimeo.




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)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris britannica)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  29

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Windy weekend

Dull, cloudy, windy……….not a very good morning.

Walked round the whole lake, but fairly disappointing; the best birds being a tiny Goldcrest, in the trees by the road bridge, and a Treecreeper working his way up a tree, in the same spot. It pays to just stand and wait sometimes.



Canada Geese, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Wigeon……….the usual crowd, and of course my hungry Crows. I topped up the footbridge three times today; I think the wind was blowing it away, as fast as I put it down. There were the usual diners though; Blue Tits, Great Tits, Reed Buntings, Greenfinch and Chaffinch.




And half a dozen Long Tailed Tits on the fat ball feeder.


And joggers. Quite a few of those today.




Windy weekend from holdingmoments on Vimeo.




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)
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)
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)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
Goldcrest [sp] (Regulus regulus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris britannica)
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  33

Friday, 14 January 2011

Effort

Some days it is a real effort to get up and join the human race again.

One day I might put some thoughts to paper, but for now, just a quick visit to the lake today. A dull, cloudy morning, that soon turned to rain. 
I just walked the north lake.

The main highlight was seeing two female Goosander, and a Shoveler.
The usual crew were assembled on the water, as I made my way round; Coots, Wigeon, Pochard, Gadwall and Mallard. The Crows were following my movements too, and enjoying the apple I left for them.

At the car park bridge, it was interesting to note the first lot of seed went in an hour.
Plenty of Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Greenfinch and Reed Bunting. A small flock of Goldfinch came down into the bushes, and a few Long Tailed Tits were enjoying the fat balls by the bridge.

Tomorrow’s another day.





Friday 14th from holdingmoments on Vimeo.




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)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
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)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)


Total species  30 

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Thursday 13th

Good job it isn’t Friday, with that date.

A pretty dull morning, and quite windy, but I made the effort. Topped up the bridge with seed, fed the Mallards under the road bridge, and then set off.

I walked the north lake first; nothing much of note, apart from the usual ducks. I stopped off by the weir, which was quite a raging torrent this morning, and the river has burst its banks again. I crossed the road bridge, and then went round the south lake. A figure of eight today, for a change.

I stopped to top up the bridge again first though; these Chaffinch and Greenfinch certainly have healthy appetites, and noticed a Sparrowhawk circling overhead. He was probably hoping for an easy meal, but the little birds were staying well hidden in the bushes, till he left.

As I turned the bottom of the south lake, to make my way back, a commotion caught my attention from the reeds. Too late with the camera, but a Goosander had caught what looked like a large Crayfish, and was being dive bombed by a Black-headed Gull, trying to steal it from him. The Goosander made short work of swallowing his breakfast though, and the gull left empty beaked.

Back at the footbridge, I topped up the seed for a third time, (good job I have two sacks of seed being delivered later), and then I made my way to Wilstone Reservoir, at Tring, for a look round.



Thursday 13th from holdingmoments on Vimeo.




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)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
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)
Grey Wagtail [cinerea] (Motacilla cinerea 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)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
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  38

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Wet Wednesday

Dull, cloudy morning, and then rain.

I was a bit late getting to the lake this morning, and by the time I did get there, it was as light as it was going to get. Fed the Crows, and put some seed on the bridge, then made a slow walk round the north lake.

No sign of the Bittern today; in fact no sign of very much at all. A fairly quiet morning, but I guess the rain didn’t help much.
I stopped to talk to a few people as I made my way round, and fed the Mallards near the pub, and then made my way back to the car park.

I had an idea of going to another lake, just up the road, but after topping up the seed on the bridge again, it started to rain quite heavy, so I decided to leave, and go home.

The foot bridge has become quite an attraction now, with the smaller birds; and the Crows. I counted 15 Chaffinch at one point. There may have been more, but they kept on the move. Good to see so many though.





Wet Wednesday from holdingmoments on Vimeo.




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)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  32