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Sunday, 15 January 2012

The Crow, the apple core, and the thief.

Another cold frosty morning; but at least the sun shone.

A lot of the 'arms' of the lake; the little bits that go off, and do their own thing, have begun to freeze over with the cold spell we're having at the moment.
At least the main part of the lake is still liquid though.

The north lake seemed to have more mist, than the south. It also had more boats too.

The sun was a lovely golden colour, as it began to climb the sky.

There were quite a few Herons around on the north lake today, for a change. The last couple of days, they've kept to the south lake for some reason.

Two Kingfishers were a nice sight too.

Up at the top end, on the arm that goes round the back of the pub, most of the water has frozen over. This has pushed all the water birds into a small area near the main lake; and also closer to the boats as they go up and down.
Two male Goosander were briefly amongst the Wigeon and Gadwall, before deciding to head north.

Probably going up to Willen north Lake, where it's quieter.

Eventually passing under the road bridge, to make my way to the south lake, I was confronted by the Crows, waiting for their treats. What happened next, was one of the funniest things I've seen, and certainly never seen happen before.

They had their odd bits of apple each, and then the more dominant Crow gets the core.
He had a few pecks at it, and then decided to bury it, as best he could in the frozen ground. He chose a mole hill, where the earth was a bit softer.
As he finished, and turned away, another Crow flew in, searched around, and then dug up the apple core. First Crow, realising his stash had been stolen began hopping towards the thief. Too late, the damage was done. The thief had decided he'd eat the core. Resigned to the fact it was lost, he just turned away.
Pleased I managed to get it on video too.

More Herons were along the shore of the south lake,

and at the far end, a couple of Little Grebe, with the Coots. Just off from the island shore, a female Goosander, and on the island, another Heron.

A rather co-operative Robin also posed for some video and pictures.

Past the rowing club, another poser, on one of the oil drum buoys.

Finally, back at the car park, a quick look at the busy feeders, and picking up the fallen seed this morning, three Moorhen.

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)
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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
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)
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)
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  39


No post for the next couple of days


  1. Enjoyed the video .... especially the theft of the apple core!

  2. Hi Keith..the stills are just gorgeous..the sun shining trough on the frost is lovely!!
    Nice walk with much to see those boats have ice cutter on the : }
    I think you should write a book or compile a video with all you Crow antics you have lol a great laugh they are and I like how they make you laugh !! : }}

  3. That is one crafty Crow Keith.

  4. The Crows are always good for a bit of entertainment - they don't miss much.

  5. Hi Keith just catching up on your weekend, looks like your weather is more seasonal now...the birds all sound and look awesome. SO Happy to see the 7 Cyg's they look fab...Im sure they know you by sight...I know the stick walkers you speak of they all look like they walked right out of an LL Bean Catalog, and I find those ski poles annoying on the trail and they tear up a soft trail for sure...whats that old riddle?...Finders keepers losers

  6. Thank you Frank. That incident certainly had me chuckling.

    Thanks Grace. Those Crows are great characters. Sounds like a good idea of yours :-)

    Roy, it was like watching naughty kids in a playground lol

    They really are quite clever at times John. They seem to know just when I'm about too.

    Thanks Sondra. Yea, the stick's called Nordic Walking here. Don't know if it's called the same where you are; but certainly noisy with the clickety-clack lol

  7. Sweet to have sunshine on a crisp morning. It's like that over here right now. Wish it would stay like that all year, sigh :)

    Maybe the Herons and Kingfisher go where the fish are?

    Bummer that there are so many boats out there disturbing the birds :(

    Those Heron photos are wonderful. I love the crispness and the tones!
    Also a sweet catch of the Robin!

    Way funny about the Crows and the core :D

  8. Lovely photos, especially the Grey Heron, superb.

  9. Thanks for your comments Nicole.
    Sadly the way of the world these days, that wildlife seems to be the last priority.

    Thanks Bob. The Herons can be great posers sometimes.

  10. Superb golden light on the water. The crow cheered me up.

  11. Thanks Adrian. The Crows are great entertainment.

    Thank you Andrew. :-)