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

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Foggy morning

No pictures today, the weather was crap.

I was hoping to see the gull roost this morning, but it was so foggy, I could barely see the middle of the lake.

I've made a new nyger seed feeder from an old lemonade bottle; something Blue Peter would be proud of. Not sure if I've got the holes in the right place though, so I'll see how it goes for the next couple of days, before I fill it totally.

The white faced Chaffinch was by the footbridge, along with a good number of Reed Bunting and Dunnock. The Song Thrush was singing well, and being joined by a Robin.

A group of Wigeon were grazing, just up from the Heron, who was fishing in his usual spot. The boats were out too. How they know where to go in this fog, I don't know; especially as they are going backwards.

No sign of any Goosander at the top end, but quite a few Wigeon, Tufted and Gadwall.
The old boat that floats up on the arm of water, that goes round the back of the pub, was standing room only today. Cormorant, and Black-headed Gulls were crammed on it.

A lot of Canada Geese grazing on the grassy bank, and the one with the deformed foot was amongst them. A small group of Wigeon joined them too, until I had to walk past them.

South lake was just visible, but the Crows still managed to spot me, as I came down the footpath.

At the far end of the lake five Goosander were swimming amongst the Tufted Ducks, and Coots. A couple of Little Grebe too, along with Great crested grebe.

Past the rowing club, and houses, and over on Cormorant island, were another pair of Goosander, and a couple of Pochard swimming amongst a large group of Great Crested Grebe.

Back at the feeders, good numbers of finches, and Mallards were clearing up the mess underneath.

Despite the foggy conditions, an enjoyable walk.

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)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
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)
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  39


  1. Today is a no-go type day. There is summer, lol.

  2. Nice video in spite of the low light and fog. The grey heron seems to expect you now.


  3. Under the awful conditions, that was a great video Keith.
    The Geese needed to switch on their radar to fly anywhere today.

  4. Nothing beats a foggy winters morn walk, oh if only I had the opportunity.......although must say your last video prompted me to look at flights...

  5. That is some thick fog for sure...didnt bother the birds tho...cross my fingers you get sun again soon!!

  6. Bob, hopefully summer will be a good one :-)

    Wilma, the Heron by the bridge, is pretty smart. Joggers go past, and he stays. I get close with a camera, and he's off lol

    Cheers Roy. Yea, I watched a lone Greylag fly round in a circle, before heading off the way he'd just come. Must be difficult for some of them in this weather.

    So we might see you over here soon Gemel? ;-)

    Thanks Sondra. Things don't look too bad for this morning; so far.

  7. Great video Keith, the Caldecotte birds never fail to put on a good show...whatever he weather!...[;o)

  8. Thanks Trevor. Yea, this place can always seem to throw up some interest.

  9. You had a very good visit despite the weather, Keith and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the goodies. There is something very cheering in the Winter about seeing Robins and Song Thrushes, I suppose because the Robin is so colourful and they both cheer us with their lively songs.

    It's a pity this ridiculous Chinese lantern thing got started here, not only do they litter as you show but I read a heartbreaking story of a beautiful Barn Owl becoming trapped and dying in one... :-(

  10. Thanks Jan. I'm sure some of our birds think spring has arrived already lol
    I hate these Chinese Lantern things with a vengeance, along with helium filled balloons. The damage to the environment and wildlife, is tremendous.
    Send rubbish into the air, and it's OK, and yet you can be fined for dropping litter. About time this stupid government addressed this problem.

    Sorry for the rant. :-)

  11. Yes, I think you just might!
    Still in the planning stage, but..... September/October seem to be calling! :)

  12. I'm sure you'll have a great time. :-)