Personal musings, wanderings and sightings from around the lake.
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Thursday, 31 March 2011

Brambling fest

A little bit of time this morning before work, so I concentrated my efforts around the footbridge area.
Judging by what I saw this morning, I can’t wait for Saturday, and a proper look round the whole lake.

The Crows and Magpies were about at the bird table, eating the digestive biscuits and seed, and the pair of Mallards were scooping up anything else that dropped from the table.

Over at the Cormorant island; the Cormorants, naturally, a Heron made a brief fly by, a few Canada and Greylag Geese, the injured Common Gull, and a single Oystercatcher, wandering about. There seems to be a pair of Mute Swans settling down to build a nest, but I think they’ll have to be a bit vigilant; a couple Great Black-backed Gulls seem to have taken up residence there too.

A couple of Chiffchaff were singing for all they were worth, back at the footbridge, and I counted 6 Brambling around the feeders and in the scrub. 


With half a dozen birds, at least I’ll have more chance of seeing them.









Full list of today’s sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
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)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
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)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
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)
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  29

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Three in one

Still rather busy at work, and doing allsorts of crazy shifts. Today will be my tenth straight day of work; two more, then I get a day off, and then start all over again.

I’ve still managed to get over the lake briefly, in the mornings, to feed the birds, and see what is around by the footbridge. On Monday, I managed to find the Common Gull with the busted wing, on the island. Checked on him each morning, and he seems to be surviving somehow.

Yesterday a nice surprise in the shape of the Brambling, feeding on the footbridge. There seems to be a couple of Chiffchaff calling, and a Song Thrush singing every morning, from his favourite tree. In fact, the whole area is alive with birdsong right now.

I’ve knocked up a video from the last 3 mornings at the lake, and a small list of what’s about, from each day.

Maybe Saturday I can spend a little more time there.








Full list of today’s sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
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)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  21


Tuesday Full list

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  16


Monday Full list

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
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)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
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)

Total species  20

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Sand Martins

Spring is officially here now, with the arrival of the first Sand Martins at Caldecotte.

I counted 5 altogether, on the south lake, this morning. A great sight, to see them hunting over the lake, after their long journey here, from Africa. Ain’t birds brilliant!

The usual suspects were at the footbridge; even before I started to put some seed down, and then I was off to see the Sand Martins, over the south lake. I could have watched them for hours, as they refuelled on the insects over the lake, after their long flight here.
Swifts, House Martins and Swallows next!

A Buzzard dared to fly over the lake, but was soon escorted away by a lone Crow; and at the far end of the south lake, a couple of Little Grebe, in their usual place. A pair of Shoveler were a surprise find, as I made my way back towards the car park, and it was good to see the Common Gull still hanging in there, at the Cormorant island.

Around the north lake, and at the top end, three female Goosander were making themselves look even greater, on the old boat used by the Cormorants.


 Two of them.


A lone Wigeon, a pair of Pochard, and a few Tufted Duck, is all that remains of the winter ducks now. I guess their absence makes way for the spring migrants.

Back at the footbridge, a Chiffchaff was calling, but being difficult to photograph; but a Treecreeper was a little more obliging.




An excellent morning again.










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)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
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 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)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
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)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
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)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  38

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Sunny Saturday

……..but it started frosty.

I walked round all the lake today, and very enjoyable in the spring sun.

A quick look at Cormorant island, produced a female Goosander. Nice find.

Most of the winter ducks seem to have left now, except for a few Tufted Duck, and half a dozen Pochard on the south lake.
The spring migrants will be here soon, and today I saw my first one; a Chiffchaff.

Cowslips were showing their bright faces,



and a few bees flying around too.

Back at the Cormorant island, I eventually found the Common Gull, with the broken wing, and a pair of Oystercatchers.



The footbridge had the regulars; Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Reed Bunting, Blackbird, Crow, Magpie and Mallard, and all around the lake, the Mute Swans seem to be staking out their territory.

And of course, the boats were out too.

An enjoyable morning though. Some sun makes such a difference.


I hope the sun is shining on you today.








Full list of today’s sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
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 Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
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)
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)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  37

Friday, 18 March 2011

Super Siskin

A quick visit this morning, because work later, and I also wanted to pay a quick visit to Willen Lake, to see if I could see the Avocet that had been seen there.

I checked on the ‘island’ for any sign of the Common Gull, but nothing. A couple of larger gulls, but not the one I had hoped to see.
As I made my way back towards the footbridge, I heard a sound in the trees above.




Siskins. A small group feeding in the trees for a few minutes; and then they were gone. A lovely chance encounter.
Back at the footbridge, a few Chaffinch and Reed Buntings, along with the tits, and a couple of Mallards.

I walked under the road bridge, and had a quick scan of the lake with binoculars. Black-headed Gulls, Great Crested Grebes, Tufted Ducks and a few Wigeon, and then a couple of Mallard appeared by my feet. I fed those, then decided to make my way back to the car, and head off in search of the Avocet.

As I reached the footbridge, a brief glimpse of the Brambling.

At least he’s still around.








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)
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)
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)
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 Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  27

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Thursday

An imaginative title, but I’m struggling here a bit  lol

I kept mainly round the footbridge this morning, watching the finches feeding; but no sign again of the Brambling. I took a wander up towards the Cormorant island, and managed to see the Common Gull. He looked as though he’d managed a safe night there, but no sign of the Oystercatchers.

A walk round part of the north lake, to see how the Mute Swans were doing with their nest building; and I found one sat on a large nest. All seems well there. A couple of other swans were circling each other, and then some wing flapping, before they parted. I think these were two males sizing each other up.
The Coots were fighting everywhere, it seemed, and Mallards too, were disputing areas and arguing over females. A busy time if you’re a bird.

I made my way back towards the Cormorant island, for another look for the Oystercatchers, and was surprised to see the Common Gull swimming towards me, from the island. He managed a few bits of bread, before swimming off back to the safety of the island.

A quick look at the footbridge for the elusive Brambling again, and then time for home, and work.


Enjoy your day.









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 Gull (Larus canus canus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
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 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)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  27

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Foggy again

A quick visit to see if the Brambling was about, but I didn’t see it.

Didn’t see much of anything really, it was quite foggy again. I kept around the footbridge, and the seed feeders, and the usual birds were there. Even the Mallards were still chasing each other around.

I’ve had a delivery of nyger seed, so I could top up that feeder, and hopefully more birds will get a chance on the sunflower seed now.
A new bird spotted at the feeders this morning, was a House Sparrow, along with the regular finches.

The pair of Oystercatchers were on the Cormorant island, and also I was surprised to see another bird there.

Four weeks ago, (22nd February), I saw and filmed a Common Gull at the far end of the south lake, with a broken wing. He could only swim in the water, and at the time I didn’t think he would survive for too long. Well, to my surprise, there he was walking around on the Cormorant island. Seems he’s managing to find food some how, to have survived this long.

I hope he can spend his days in peace on the island







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)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
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)
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)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)


Total species  25

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Battle at Caldecotte

A dull, foggy morning; so much different to yesterday.

Yesterday I had to go to work early, for meetings, and it was sunny. Today, work later, and the weather is crap. Oh well.

I stayed round the footbridge this morning, in the hope of seeing the Brambling, and I wasn’t disappointed.




Still not perfect, but the best shot I’ve managed so far.


Goldfinches, Chaffinch and the usual Crows too, and two pair of Mallards, disputing ownership of the car park and bridge. Plenty of chasing, and flying this morning, and I noticed one had a few battle scars on his chest.


Enjoy your day, whatever you are doing.







Full list of today’s sightings

Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
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 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 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)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  25

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Wet morning, but a good one.

It was dry to begin with, but very dull and cloudy. Rain looked imminent.

The Crows were first up at the bird table, and soon made short work of the digestive biscuits and bread. Most of it got buried; how or if they ever find it all again, amazes me.



On the footbridge, I counted a massive 20 Chaffinches, after I had put some seed down. A fantastic sight. A Song Thrush was singing from the trees as usual, and it took me a while to locate him, but I did eventually.

The piping sound of an Oystercatcher caught my attention too, and a brief glimpse as he headed over the trees, towards the north lake. I made my way under the road bridge, fed the Mallards who came over, watched some Coots fighting, then found the Oystercatcher. Not one, but two. Before I could make my way across the bridge, to get closer, a cyclist had them up in the air, and heading for the south lake. Maybe I’d catch up with them later.

The trees are bursting with buds and catkins now; spring is certainly making its presence felt. As I made my way round the north lake, a stunning male Siskin caught my eye, as he was drinking from the lake, amongst the reeds. A pair of Great Crested Grebes were performing the head waggle, and further along, a couple of Mute Swans were busily nest building.

A small group of Wigeon were grazing, just along from some very noisy Canada Geese, and a few boats were making their way through the water. Ah yes, the weekend!
At the top end of the lake, a female Goosander was swimming, with just a handful of Tufted Duck for company.

After admiring a group of Daffodils, I made my way round the south lake.
Reed Buntings arguing amongst the reeds; territory disputes I imagine, and plenty of Blue, Great and Long Tailed Tits, flying through the trees and bushes.
At the very bottom end of the lake, a Great Spotted Woodpecker flew up into the trees, but was not willing to pose for pictures. Shame.

More noisy Canada Geese, and a lone Pochard, and then I made my way back towards the car park. The rain had started in earnest now.
As I got level with the Cormorant island, I found the two Oystercatchers at the edge. I wonder if they’ll breed on the island?

Back at the footbridge the rain was still falling, but a quick scan through the binoculars, and I found a Brambling, on the ground, under the feeders, with a group of Chaffinch. The lake was getting busier now, as more people were out walking and jogging. I decided to head home.

An excellent morning though, despite the rain, and dull conditions.




I got carried away with the video, so there are 3 shorter ones.













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)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
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)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  35

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Cold Sunday

Dull, and very cold this morning.

I topped up the feeders, and left some seed, and then waited for Waxwings and a Brambling.

The Waxwings didn’t settle this morning, they were content to fly around in a large flock instead. Still, at least I saw them. The Brambling?
Well, I stood by the bridge for about an hour, but no sign.

I took a slow walk round part of the north lake, to try and warm up a bit, but I felt too cold to even bother doing that. I fed the Mallards that followed me part of the way, and saw some Wigeon in the distance, along with a few Tufted Duck.
Black-headed Gulls and Great Crested Grebe were in the water, and in the bushes, plenty of Long Tailed Tits, Blackbirds and a few Redwing. The cold got the better of me though, and I soon began walking back towards the car.

Up ahead, at the side of the footpath, a group of Chaffinch feeding on the ground, and in amongst them, a Brambling. Before I could get the camera up, to take a picture, a jogger ran up behind me, and sent them all off into the bushes. Half a dozen bikes followed, so that was the end of that.

Back at the footbridge, I left some more seed, which soon attracted the Chaffinch, Reed Buntings, and tits. While I stood looking at the Goldfinches on the feeders, I noticed some movement down below amongst the leaves.


 I'm determined to get a decent picture one day!

Three male Brambling, foraging with a group of Chaffinch. They soon were off into the bushes though, as more people came out walking their dogs, and pushing prams.

Still, at least I know there’s more than one now.








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 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)
Bohemian Waxwing [sp] (Bombycilla garrulus)
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)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  28

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Saturday, and more Waxwings

I was hoping to see them again, and I wasn’t disappointed. A large flock of 50 or 60 turned up this morning, and settled in the same tree as yesterday.




And like yesterday, the sun came out after they left. Never mind.


The footbridge is continuing to attract plenty of birds,



but no sign of the Brambling today. There were two Black Swans that flew over though, heading north. Probably disturbed by the boat people.

I put another feeder up this morning; this time with sunflower hearts. As soon as I walked away from it, a Blue Tit landed on it, and helped himself to some seed. I think it’s going to be a popular one.

The Mallards were about, by the bridge,



and when I began my walk round the north lake, I was quickly joined by a few more. Fed them; and a couple of Canada Geese that were there too, and I made my escape, to continue my walk round.

I counted 14 Great Crested Grebe in one small area of the lake.



It certainly has a healthy population of these beautiful birds, and further round, another pair were performing the weed dance.
Not so many Wigeon around now, and I only saw one pair of Gadwall at the south lake. Still good numbers of Tufted Duck though.


Around the south lake, the highlights were a couple of Little Grebe, a female Goosander, and Buzzard soaring peacefully overhead; the Crows must have missed him.
Back at the footbridge, a little more seed, and a few pictures, before I left for home.


A good morning








Full list of today’s sightings


Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)
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)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
Bohemian Waxwing [sp] (Bombycilla garrulus)
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)
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  37

Friday, 4 March 2011

Some more Waxwings

Plenty of birds at the footbridge this morning, and once the seed was down, even more turned up. The two Mallards were there; the male chasing away another pair that dared to turn up, the Crows and Magpies, and all the regular tits and finches. Even the feeders were busy early.



Just standing close to the bridge this morning, and looking at the lake behind me, I counted 22 different types of birds, without having to move. It really is a great spot now, and I could easily spend a day just at the footbridge.

Amongst all the regular birds on the bridge, the Brambling put in a brief appearance again. No pictures today though.
And from the corner of my eye, I noticed a small flock of birds land in some trees.

Waxwings.




About 40, and I managed a few pictures; even though the light was terrible. A white, cloudy sky made it difficult to get decent shots; and by the time the sun came out, they had left.

A walk round the north lake added a few Wigeon to the list, but it was quite cold, so I quickly made my way back to the car park. More seed, and more birds returned, but unfortunately not the Waxwings or the Brambling.

A good morning, despite the cold. And even the sun made an appearance 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)
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 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)
Bohemian Waxwing [sp] (Bombycilla garrulus)
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)
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  32