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



Sunday, 27 February 2011

Sunday morning

A much welcome day off work, and some sunshine thrown in too.

The mornings are getting lighter earlier too. Topping up the seed at the footbridge, and the feeders, seems to take longer these days; it’s certainly attracting plenty of birds. The Goldfinches love the nyger seed,



 and the footbridge is becoming popular with a lot of birds.




Blackbirds, Chaffinch, Reed Buntings and the tits. When the sun shines, and there isn’t so many people about, it gives some excellent picture opportunities.

I walked the north lake first, and almost immediately got accosted by three Mallards. I quickly fed them, and carried on my way. The highlights were three female Goosander, swimming in the sunlight, and a Kingfisher, along the bank, by the bandstand.

The south lake yielded the regulars; Canada Geese, Tufted Duck, Wigeon and a single Little Grebe at the far end. As the morning wore on though, it got busier; joggers, dog walkers, cyclists, and people just out enjoying some rare sunshine. And the boats.

Back at the footbridge I topped up the seed again, took a few pictures, then made my way home.



The sun was short lived; it’s raining now.








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)
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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
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 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 Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  32

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

A day off

A welcome day off work today, so I had time to walk round north and south lake.

I got there a little later than usual, and as soon as I began putting some food down, the birds were there. The Crows after the bread and biscuits, and a couple of Mallards after some too. The feeders at the footbridge needed topping up; I’m surprised how quickly they are going down now. And as soon as the footbridge was topped up, the birds began to arrive.



At the road bridge I was accosted by some Mallards; I’m sure they sit and wait for me. Fed them, and then I made my way round the north lake first.

A Grey Wagtail flew across the water at the top end, and a group of Wigeon were out grazing with some Canada Geese. Tufted Duck, Coots and Great Crested Grebes made up the bulk of the rest of the birds, and a couple of Jays flew overhead.

Past the pub, and then on round the south lake. It’s been a while since I walked this part of the lake, and I was hoping to see some Little Grebes; they usually hang around at the far end. I managed a very quick glimpse of one, as it made its way into the safety of some reeds.
A sad sight was a Common Gull, which looked as though he had a broken wing. He swam across to the edge, and then made his way through the bushes, preening his damaged wing, and searching for some food in the leaf litter.

At the boat sheds I stopped to feed some Swans and Mallards, and soon attracted the attention of a group of Black-headed Gulls too. A couple of Mallards were getting very amorous, and eventually parted, and paired up with different partners! You see it all here.

Back at the footbridge, a bit more seed, and I watched the birds for a while, before heading home. A pleasant morning.








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)
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)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
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 Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
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)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  37

Sunday, 20 February 2011

I'm late

I should have been at work for 6 a.m., but I was running a little late.

Never mind

I put some seed at the footbridge, and almost immediately the small birds came down in big numbers. The Crows and Magpies were there too; and boats, joggers and bikes. The only thing missing was rain, but I think that will arrive before the day is out.

A lightning fast visit this morning, and a quick video.







Full list of today’s sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
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)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  21

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Wet Saturday

A day off work, and it pours with rain.

And joggers, and boats…………..typical!

It was never going to be the best day of the week, but it wasn’t too bad in the end. The highlight of a wet walk round the north lake, was a female Goosander. As I squelched my way along, I kept telling myself ‘spring is on its way.’
Even some of the birds are thinking spring is on its way; a couple of Coots were nest building, Great Crested Grebes head waggling, and Mallards getting amorous.

A few Wigeon were feeding out on the grass bank, and some Canada Geese were grazing too. Quite a few Tufted Ducks were flying around, put up by the dreaded boats, and some of the swans were busily flying around the lake too.

Back at the footbridge, the birds were out in force; Reed Buntings, Chaffinch, Blackbirds, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Robins, Goldfinches on the Nyger feeder, Crows and Magpies at the ‘bird table’, and even some Mallards had wandered over for some seed.



I stood on the footbridge for some time, just watching everything unfold before me.

It got me thinking, that maybe it’s time to change the direction my life is heading.









Full list of today’s sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
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 Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
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 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)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  28

Friday, 18 February 2011

Having a moan

I noticed today, that someone had left another bag of seed hanging in the bushes by the footbridge; which was good to see, but not the rubbish left at one of the picnic tables by the car park.

So annoying to think that people go to the trouble of taking their food there, enjoying it in the nice surroundings, and then leave the rubbish, and expect someone else to clear up after them.
The council could help a bit though; there isn’t any litterbins there. Not that that is an excuse to leave the litter there, but it might help.

Well the birds don’t leave much litter; the seed and food goes everyday. A large group of Reed Buntings and Chaffinch this morning, on the bridge, and a couple of Blackbirds and Robins.



Another red bag of seed has mysteriously appeared in the bushes, so I don’t think the birds here will ever starve. I topped up all the feeders, put some food on the picnic table, and then made my way round the north lake.

A cloudy morning, and not very much about, apart from the usual sightings.

As I got half way round the north lake, a large flock of birds caught my eye in the distance. Swirling around, in a large group, looking like Starlings. Not Starlings though; these were Waxwings. About a 100 of them, and they finally settled in a tree, near the edge of the lake. A group dropped down, and began feeding in some bushes, of the front garden, of one of the houses.
I began to make my way there as quickly as I could, and their chattering was filling the air. The owner of the house came out, to get in his car, and the birds flew back into the tree.
I was getting nearer, and then suddenly they all took flight, and headed off. No pictures, but a great sight to see.

I carried on, and finally got back to the footbridge, after feeding the Mallards by the pub. Topped up the bridge again, and then home.


Work later.









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)
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)
Bohemian Waxwing [sp] (Bombycilla garrulus)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
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 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   28

Monday, 14 February 2011

Buzzing

With the promise of sunshine, it looked set to be a good day.

And it was.

The Crows soon demolished the biscuits and bread at the bird table,



and the smaller birds didn’t waste any time coming down to the footbridge, for theirs. And there amongst the Reed Buntings, the tits, and the Chaffinch………….a single Brambling. I managed some quick video, and a couple of shots, before he left; but my excitement got the better of me, and the video isn’t focused very well, and a very poor picture.



 But it was there; a first here, for me.

I carried on round the north lake, and saw a Kingfisher fly across a stretch of water, that used to be a regular haunt of his. The first one I’ve seen here since before the freeze set in at Christmas. Another great sight. I hope he manages to find himself a mate, and we can enjoy the electric blue flashes across the lake once again.

The rest was the usual sightings; Mallards, Swans, Tufted Duck, and Wigeon, with the added bonus of sunshine.

Back at the footbridge, I spent some time photographing the visitors to the seed, and then, unfortunately, had to leave.




Bills to pay, and work later; but what an excellent 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)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
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)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  29

Sunday, 13 February 2011

It could be spring.

A day off, so I headed over to the lake this morning.

Dull, cloudy, and windy. And joggers. The day didn’t have a lot going for it.

The daffodils at the side of the road, really add a splash of much welcome spring colour,





and there are signs everywhere, that spring is trying to make itself felt.
Blossom on some trees,



new growth pushing through the ground, and the grebes doing plenty of head waggling.

I left some seed at the bridge, and walked the north lake. Far too many joggers for my liking, (some sort of race was on), and the added bonus of bikes too; I didn’t stay long this morning.
A female Goosander was a nice sight; Mallard, that needed feeding, and plenty of Tufted Duck.

Back at the bridge, as I stood watching the birds grabbing the seed, in-between the disturbance of the passers by, something caught my eye, to the left of me.
A Sparrowhawk was in pursuit of a Chaffinch, which dived for cover in the bushes, leaving the Sparrowhawk making a very undignified entrance. He didn’t stay long, I guess the embarrassment got the better of him, and he quickly left.


I decided to do the same too.





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)
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)
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)
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)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
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

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Very quick

Working an early shift doesn’t give me very much time to go round the lake; with things to do after work, cook a dinner, sort Jim out…….yea, yea,  put the violins away, I’m not after sympathy; it’s just that time is of an essence.

But, the sun was shining, so sod everything else; I popped over the lake for an hour.

Seed on the bridge, I just ventured under the road bridge, and fed the ducks; and the gulls.


 The Black-headed Gulls are getting as wise as the Mallards. They know when food is about.


A few geese joined the ducks too.



Tufted Duck and Wigeon were out on the water, Cormorant were going about their business, and some of the swans were exerting their authority.




Back at the footbridge, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Reed Bunting and Bullfinch were about; and a nice bonus of a few Siskin.

Not had time to process all the pictures, and no time to do a video, but a great way to unwind after work, in the sun.

And another bonus on the way home; a dozen Waxwings high in the trees.


Time for dinner now.



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)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
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)
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)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  27

Monday, 7 February 2011

Monday, and still the wind blows.

I’m getting fed up with this wind now.

Just a quick visit to do the seed, and walk round the north lake. Some shopping to do, and things to sort out, so only a brief visit. Work on Wednesday, so this might be the only proper visit this week.

The Blackbirds were waiting by the bridge when I got there, and the Crows and Magpies were hovering around the bird table. Fed those, and made my way round the north lake. Still very windy, and not very much about.
A group of Wood Pigeons looking for food on the grass, by the pub, and the female Goosander down by the weir. The usual Canada Geese, Wigeon, Pochard, and hungry Mallard; and that was about it.

Had to get off to the shops for a few things, and got some new feeders to put up in the trees. Stopped off at the lake on the way home, and put them up.

Looking very good.







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 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)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
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)
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  29

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Sunday, and a bird beginning with ‘S’

Still windy, but it didn’t seem quite so bad; until I walked the edge of the lake.

The seed on the bridge goes pretty quick these days, or it might be the wind blowing it away. It’s good to see so many birds taking advantage of it though. Blackbird, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Reed Bunting, Robin, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Dunnock; an impressive list, for a small area.


 And of course the Crows take advantage too.


The south lake yielded a female Goosander, along with Tufted Duck, Mallard and Pochard. Good numbers of Greylag and Canada Geese, and plenty of Black-headed Gulls. The Cormorant roost held a big number of birds too, and quite a sight to see them all leave this morning, as they set off for breakfast.

A strange sight was a Buzzard, feeding at the edge of a group of Canada Geese. He was no doubt searching for worms in the grassy bank, and I wondered if he had joined them, to blend in. Similar colour, and size; or maybe I’m totally wrong. When he left them, after seeing me come along, he was quickly mobbed by some gulls, so a possibility.

When I reached the bottom of the south lake, I had a quick look through the railway arch, into the field. The farmer has begun to plough the stubble that was there, and I wondered if a strip around the edge of the field would be left. I hope so, because I heard and saw a sight that always reminds me of when I was a kid.

A Skylark was battling the wind, singing as he climbed skyward. I stood watching through the binoculars, as he got higher and higher, and then he began his descent to the stubble below. Three others were there too. A great sight, and one that always brings a lump to my throat.

Back at the footbridge, the seed had all gone, so more left, before I made my way round the north lake.

The Mallards soon spotted me,



and as I fed them, the Crows flew over, and a large group of Black-headed Gulls joined in the feeding frenzy.
Further along, two more female Goosander were swimming amongst some Wigeon and Tufted Duck, and the path was getting busy with the weekend joggers.

Too busy for me; once I reached the footbridge again, some more seed, and then 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)
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 Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
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)
Sky Lark [sp] (Alauda arvensis)
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 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)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  34

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Still windy

Still very windy today, and very dull with light drizzle. Not very good.

The crows were their usual entertaining selves though; burying pieces of biscuit in the ground. I do wonder if they ever remember where they put them though, or if the insects in the ground get a free feast,

The Mallards were not missing a trick either; spotting me as I walked around the lake.

I walked the south lake first, after leaving some seed on the footbridge. The usual Coots, Pochard, swans and geese, and a flock of about 30 Siskin flew overhead, at the bottom end of the lake.
Back at the bridge, I left more seed, and watched the Reed Buntings, Chaffinch, Greenfinch and tits enjoying breakfast. Quite a few Blackbirds there too.

Then it was off round the north lake. More Coots and Pochard, and a few Gadwall; and at the top end, a good number of Wigeon. Also two female Goosander. Haven’t seen any males for a while though.
After feeding the Mallards, and a lone Canada Goose, I made my way back to the footbridge. A bit more seed, and then I decided to go to Stockgrove Park, and see if the Mandarin Ducks were 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)
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)
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)
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)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  34

Friday, 4 February 2011

Windy Friday

Not a very nice morning; dull, occasional light rain and very windy.

As fast as I put seed on the bridge, the wind blew it away, so I just spent a couple of hours at the two bridges this morning, but still managed to see a few birds. The highlight was undoubtedly the flock of Siskin that came down into the nearby bushes.

The Blackbirds were the usual ‘early birds’ at the footbridge, and the Crows, along with a few Magpies. Plenty of Chaffinch, Greenfinch and Reed Buntings around the bridge, and under the road bridge, I was accosted by the usual Mallards; and a few Black-headed Gulls.

Maybe better weather tomorrow.









Full list of today’s sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
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)
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)
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  23

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Thursday

The morning started clear, but soon got cloudy.

About 8 or 9 Blackbirds were waiting by the footbridge this morning, probably wondering where the seed was. As soon as I left some, they were back, sorting out their favourites from the mix. The feeders had a few Great Tits on them already, and the Crows were patiently waiting for theirs too.

Feeding done, I quickly walked round the south lake first, checking the reeds for Bitterns; no luck though. The usual ducks and geese about, and a large flock of Lapwing flying overhead, south to north.

Back at the footbridge, most of the seed had been eaten, and quite a few Chaffinches and Reed Buntings about. I topped up with some more, and set off for the north lake.

I just managed to get near the road bridge, and then the Mallards spotted me. They seem to come out of nowhere. Seed for them, then I can make my getaway, to continue round the lake.

At the top end of the lake, a female Goosander was swimming with a few Tufted Ducks and Wigeon; and in the trees, Crows, Magpies and a few Redwing. Two Sparrowhawks lazily flew overhead, unnoticed by the Crows, so they had a hassle free flight for a change.

Back at the footbridge, the seed had almost gone again, and a few Siskin were in the trees, by the feeders. I watched the birds on the bridge for a while, and then made my way home. Work later.







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)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
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)
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)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  38