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



Thursday, 29 September 2011

Mandarin Ducks

A very hot, sunny, morning at the lake today; and some new visitors.

Three Mandarin Ducks flew overhead, circled round, and then dropped in at the north lake.




First time I've seen them here. Two striking males, and one equally lovely female.




Two Kingfishers were under the road bridge; a good sight.

The Canada Geese were very vocal and mobile this morning, with lots of activity going on. And one of the white Mallards looked very impressive in the sunlight this morning.




At the south lake, a few Chiffchaff, and a single male Blackcap. The Little Grebe were in their usual place, and plenty of Tufted Duck about now.

And back at the footbridge, the rat pack were doing a good job of clearing up the fallen seed.

One bird I've not seen since the 18th September though, is the Common Gull.
I do hope he's Ok.







Full list of today's sightings

Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
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)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  32


Sunday, 25 September 2011

Sun day


Another cracking sunrise this morning; a shame I couldn't get in the right place to do it justice.


The Little Egrets were on the island as usual, and after topping up the feeders, I set off round the north lake, hoping to get a good backdrop for the sunrise.
Never mind.




A lot of Coots on the water, and plenty of flying by the Canada Geese.
At the top end, a couple of Wigeon, and scanning through the Tufted Duck with the binoculars, I found a lone Pochard.
Quite a few Chiffchaff around too, all calling, like it was a spring morning.

The south lake had the usual; along with the boat people.
At the far end, the Little Grebe were in their usual spot, and quite a few Tufted Duck too.

As I made my way to the car park, a small wader caught my eye, as it flew towards Cormorant island. A Common Sandpiper.

Back at the car park, I spent some time watching a Chiffchaff, skipping through the trees, hunting insects;




 and a lone Speckled Wood butterfly, fluttering around the bushes.




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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)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
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)
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)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
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  36


Saturday, 24 September 2011

Back again

Back with a post, after a break from blogging.

I've still visited the lake most days, took pictures, and video; but I took a relaxed approach, without thinking I must get back and put this altogether for a post.
The computer was beginning to take over.
And I treated myself to a new camera.

But, this morning.
It started with an interesting sky, as the sun lit up a couple of vapour trails from aeroplanes, and turning them a blood red.




Lots of Magpies around the car park area, and with the feeders topped up, I set off around the north lake first; after checking on the island, to see the Little Egrets.
Coots are building up their numbers, and a couple of Wigeon have turned up again at the top end.
A bit of flying activity from the Canada Geese, and some cygnets; with lots of Wood Pigeon flying overhead. A few Chiffchaff still around too, calling from the trees and bushes.

The boat people were out in force this morning, causing plenty of flying from the assembled waterbirds.




At the bottom end of the south lake, a Kingfisher flew past the island, and disappeared into the bushes. Good to see one down this end of the lake.

Working my way back up towards the car park, and a lone Little Egret had returned to Cormorant island. Made a change to see one there in some sunlight.
And in front of the island, I counted 20 Great Crested Grebes. Along with all the others around the lake, I'd guess their numbers are approaching three figures.








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)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
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)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
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  39


Monday, 19 September 2011

A few birds from the bridge

A beautiful morning, but I just couldn't get motivated.

Just the birds from around the footbridge, feeders, and under the road bridge today. My head's in the wrong place at the moment, and I need to switch off. I may be offline later for a while; maybe a few days.


Enjoy the video; it was an effort  lol







Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
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)
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)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  23


Sunday, 18 September 2011

Egrets and others

A quick look on the island this morning, and there was one Little Egret getting ready to go.

I guess the others had already gone; well, I was a bit later than usual.
A family of Mute Swans came over to see if I had food, and a couple of Mallards flew past; just in case.
Unlucky.

On round the north lake, and half a dozen Swallows flew high, on their journey south.
Plenty of Coots filling the waters, and up at the top end, the Kingfisher, tantalisingly flying around. Always one step ahead for a picture.

Up near the pub, the Lesser Black-backed Gull on the grass, along with Starlings and Pied Wagtails; whilst on the boat jetty, Black-headed Gulls, and a Cormorant drying his wings.




Quite a few Crows and Magpies, picking their way through the litter left behind by yesterdays pub visitors.


On round the south lake, and great numbers of House Martins, flying around, scooping the insects from the air. A big journey ahead of them, so they need to fill up.
I was surprised to see a Blackcap down by the river. He looked very fresh and clean, so I'm guessing a young one. I wonder if he'll stay, or move on.

The Little Grebes were at the usual spot, at the very far end, along with some Tufted Duck, a Great Crested Grebe family, and a Heron fishing in the reeds.
A Mute Swan took a dislike to a small group of Canada Geese, and began to see them off. Maybe he thought it was his lake.


At the boat peoples hangout, a Grey Wagtail flew in.




He paraded around for a while, and then disappeared with a group of Pied Wagtails that flew overhead.

Back at the footbridge, plenty of Chaffinch and Goldfinch on the feeders; and on the nut feeder,



one of the rat pack, doing a squirrel impression.


A pleasant morning in some sunshine.








Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
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)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
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)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  37

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Little Egrets

Five Little Egrets this morning, on Cormorant island.

Good to see these graceful looking birds.

Just the north lake walked today, got loads to do.
A cloudy start, and a bit windy, but the sun managed to shine through quite early, and it looked pretty good.



The bulk of the birds on the lake today, were Coots and Mallards. A largish flock of Tufted Duck were flying around, which signals the boat people out on the water.

Short visit, but worth it.





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)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
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 Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  30
 

Friday, 16 September 2011

Brief

Hardly worth posting really.

I didn't come here yesterday, because Trevor, from Three Counties Herald, and myself, had a fantastic day out at Pitsford Reservoir.

Back here, today, all the feeders were empty, so after filling those up, it was pretty much time to go. The jolly job centre awaits later.



The usual birds on the footbridge and feeders as I left; and I'd like to say a very BIG thank you to Trevor, for donating some money to the 'seed fund'.
Thanks mate, I really appreciate that.

It was worth posting for that alone.

 






Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
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)

Total species  13
 

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Quick visit

The briefest of visits today, appointment at the jolly job centre later.

After 45 years working, and paying into a system for people that need some help, I suddenly find myself in the position of having to grovel for some help. It's shit, and I'll probably end up telling them that.

But the birds.

Plenty of Chaffinches on the footbridge, along with Greenfinches, and a Collared Dove. On the feeders, a couple of Great Tits, and some Goldfinches.

I made my way under the road bridge, and from there I could see a few Black-headed Gulls flying around, lots of Mallards, Coots and Great Crested Grebes. No sign of any Herons though.

Back on the footbridge, a Little Egret flew overhead, and a pair of Mallards picking up the fallen seed.

Then, time to exit.







Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
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 Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
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)

Total species  16
 


Tuesday, 13 September 2011

After the wind

A much calmer morning, after yesterday; and even some sunshine.

At the feeders, the rats were scurrying up and down the tree. And certainly getting bolder. One even sat above me on a branch, watching intently while I toped up one of the feeders.

Plenty of Coots all around the lake, a Sparrowhawk flew overhead, and still a few Swallows hanging around catching insects over the water. A good number of Tufted Duck around now too.

There didn't seem to be as many birds about this morning though. Maybe they're still getting over the battering from the wind yesterday.

With the sun, came a few butterflies.



 A Small White, I believe.


On round the south lake, and much the same. A quick flash of a Kingfisher as he sped down the river, and a couple of Mute Swans were struggling in places to negotiate the overgrown areas.

Back round by the Cormorant island, the Common Gull was stretching his wings, and made speedy progress across the water.

And at the footbridge; a Robin, sat in the sunlight.



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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)
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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
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)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  31
 


Monday, 12 September 2011

Windy

No bird list, just a short video today; I have to start the process of signing on later.

A fierce wind blowing across the lake this morning, bringing with it some showers.
After topping up the feeders, I quickly had a look over on Cormorant island, and found two remaining Little Egrets.

They both soon left, flying into the wind, low over the water, until they reached the island at the bottom, and then got some lift to get higher, and over the trees, disappearing into the distance.

For some reason I only caught a few brief seconds of video, of what should have been a longer sequence. Assigned to the bin in disgust!

I may get back over here later, depending on how the next few hours go.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Then there were 5

A sunny morning, but a bit windy.

A dilemma.......do I go for the sunrise, and miss the gull roost and any Little Egrets that are just waking up, or leave the sunrise for another day?

The Egrets won, after checking the front of the pub for any Great Black-backed Gulls.
The lone Lesser was there, and a hoard of Black-headed Gulls. Curiosity satisfied, I made my way to the south lake, and the Egrets.

I was in luck. I briefly saw four through the willows as I made my way there. Suddenly three took to the air, and headed north. That left one; and as I got into position to capture some video, he suddenly left, also heading north.
But then, bursting from the trees, and previously hidden from view, a fifth left, and headed south. It's becoming a popular spot for these birds.

Three Tufted Duck were swimming by the town houses, and quite a few Swallows flying high, on their journey south.

I made my way round towards where the gulls were roosting, but by now, most had left. I stopped to take some pictures of some Shaggy Inkcap pushing through the grass,




and by the time I'd finished, the gull roost was down to four large immature big ones. No idea what they were.....I have trouble with gulls.

I soon reached the far end, and watched some rabbits bounding around, and a couple of squirrels doing squirrel stuff.




The lone Pochard was at the very far end, by the island, along with another Tufted Duck, and some Little Grebes.

On round, and up towards the north lake; but stopping off by the footbridge that crosses the river. A good spot usually, especially when the sun shines on the bushes.
And on cue, a Robin sat briefly for his picture.




A Chiffchaff, Blackcap, and a Whitethroat were all up next. Surprised to see these around still, I thought they would have moved on by now.
The Whitethroat was feeding up on some blackberries, so maybe he'll be going south soon.
Also on the footbridge, as I turned to carry on, a very inquisitive Feral Pigeon.
He made it to the video.

When I reached the pub, at the north lake, the wind seemed to be getting stronger.

Plenty of Coots now on the water, and as I got to the top end, a pair of Wigeon.




Now I know winter has arrived! Autumn must have had a by-pass.

A couple of Herons, stood around fishing, and more Swallows flying overhead.

Back at the car park, and footbridge, the usual tits and finches were around on the feeders and in the bushes, and getting the fallen seed, the rat pack.

A longer than normal video today; tomorrow there might not be one. I have to try and extract some money from the government to live on, now the job's finished. I hope it's not too painful, 'cause my tolerance levels of egits is not what it used to be.


Enjoy the rest of the day.

 






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)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
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)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
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  39

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Saturday

Dull and cloudy; spots of rain, but I had new boots.

I treated myself yesterday, so I was determined to walk round all the lake.
Maybe they've made the lake bigger.

A pair of Grey Wagtails up by the pub this morning, was a nice sight. Haven't seen these for a little while; and along with the Black-headed Gulls, and the  



Lesser Black-backed Gull,


a Great Black-backed Gull.


 He didn't stay too long, and was soon off.


Flying overhead, all morning, were lots of Swallows, all heading south. I guess the migration is under way now.

At the top end of the north lake, a Kingfisher managed to give me the slip, yet again. One day I'll get the picture. I did manage some video of his departure across the water though.

Out on the fields, grazing with the Canada Geese, were Crows, Rooks and Jackdaws; and to make up the Corvid family numbers, a Jay flew overhead, and a couple of Magpies.

Onto the south lake, and by now the boat people were out in force. Lots of flying activity by all the water birds, trying to keep out of the way.

At the far end, a couple of Little Grebe's, and a couple of Tufted Duck, found the sanctuary of a boatless piece of water.

Finally a weary body arrived at the footbridge, and joined the rest of the birds there.
Lots of coming and going on the feeders by various finches and tits, and in the bushes,
a Dunnock posed beautifully for me,




and on the footbridge,



 a Greenfinch


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Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
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 Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  34
 


Friday, 9 September 2011

Little Egrets

After sorting out the feeders, I took a wander round to the Cormorant island, to see if the Little Egrets were there.

I was at the lake earlier than I have been for a while; Jim woke me with his panting, and I was feeling pretty rough too.
Up in the trees, and gloom, four Little Egrets were slowly waking, and getting ready for the off. I stood, and sat, watching them for a while, hoping to capture their departure. I missed the first one, but managed the rest.....just.

Quite the makings of a large gull roost on the south lake too. I'll investigate that another time.

On round the north lake, and good to see a Kingfisher, although briefly, as it flew across the lake.

Didn't feel up to doing the south lake, so I cut across over the road bridge, and made my way back to the footbridge, and car park.
The rat pack were out in force again, and the birds seem to have returned back to their usual numbers.

A couple of Mallards were wandering around the bridge, picking up the fallen seed, and a few Black-headed Gulls were screaming overhead, chasing a hapless individual that happened to have some food.

Along with the light drizzle, and cloud, I decided to head home. Still loads to do, and tomorrow I'm officially unemployed.






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)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
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)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  31

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Winter birds are coming


A much better morning today; well, it was dull, but it wasn't windy.

The feeders still looked pretty full, so it didn't take long to top them up.
A pair of Mallards were at the car park when I got there, and quickly ate the digestive biscuits; much to the dismay of the Crows and Magpies.

I caught a glimpse of one of the Kingfishers as he made his way across the north lake, and seven Tufted Duck are now at the top end. A large gathering of Coot and Black-headed Gulls, the Canada Geese grazing in the fields, and the trees donning their autumn coats...........winter definitely on its way.

At the far end of the south lake, a lone Pochard was swimming around with another Tufted Duck, and as I got to Cormorant island, a Little Egret was sat in the trees.



The sun made a brief appearance when I got to the car park, but soon disappeared.
At the footbridge, a Chiffchaff was searching for insects in the bushes,




and at the feeders.........rats!




About half a dozen, eating the seed that has spilled, and climbing the tree.


As I left, the lone Little Egret had been joined by another; and a Grey Heron.





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Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
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)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  31