Personal musings, wanderings and sightings from around the lake.
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Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Goosander 8, Siskin 6

and Bullfinch 4.

Despite the early cloud, making it very dull, and the couple of rain showers, it was another excellent morning.

The Song Thrush was singing heartily, accompanied by a Robin; and a noisy group of Magpies and Crows, made short work of the biscuits and bread I left, by the car park. They were soon joined by a group of Mallards too, that seem to have latched onto the idea there is food around in the mornings.

The north lake had a pair of Goosander at the top end, along with the Gadwall and Wigeon; and a lot of flying activity by the Canada Geese.

I found a group grazing, as I made my way towards the pub, and noticed amongst them, one poor soul with a very deformed foot.

After looking at some pictures I took, it looks like he has some fishing line wrapped round his leg.

I can only imagine the pain he must have been in; and maybe still is.

Onto the south lake, and a few showers, but thankfully didn't last too long.

The Crows were there, and a few boats going up and down too.

At the far end, Little Grebes, and another pair of Goosander.

By the offices, half a dozen Siskin kept me engrossed for a while, as they searched the trees for food.

Past the rowing club, and soon back at the car park.

A Treecreeper was playing hard to get, but I managed a couple of not so good pictures.

In the surrounding bushes were a small group of Bullfinches,

and the usual finches and tits on the feeders.

A lovely mornings visit.............and now the sun is shining.


I see YouTube has got its new face lift now, and one of the 'tabs' is named 'Copyright'.
Three of my videos infringed copyright apparently. The reason given, was music content, or something. Of course it would be helpful if they'd said what the 'music' was.
I filled in the online appeal form, stating the only music content was bird song, which to the best of my knowledge, isn't copyright.
Hmmm, Google own the tube, and Blogger don't they? Rapidly becoming my most unfavourite organisation at the moment.


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)
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)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
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)
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)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  37


  1. Keith a great post today so sorry for that poor goose, I despise fishing line...WHY cant they make it so it melts in water after 4 hrs or something Gee whiz its awful stuff I saw so many one legged gulls, geese, etc when I lived by the shore in NY.
    GOOGLE is becoming the Net Goon Squad. They are closing down Picnik which is part of FLickr so I imagine soon they will take control of and close down FLickr too...trying to force everyone to use Picasa--which cant compare to Flickr so now there will be no built in way to do a quick exposure correction of our Flickr photos. Hope the rest of your weekend is good...mine has just started!!

  2. Changeable weather this morning Keith, but the Goosanders (and supporting cast!!) put on a good show for you once again.

    That poor Canada Goose must have (still) been in some considerable pain, irresponsible fishermen have a lot to answer for.

    As for YouTube copyright, did you get that well known 'Singing Bush' to sign a release form?[;o)

  3. I'm amazed that poor Canada is still around Keith. these fisherpersons have a lot to answer for. Wonder if they would like some wrapped around their neck.{:)

  4. Brilliant series of birds, but oh, that poor Canada Goose, it is monsterous that the fishermen should be aware of the this, or maybe it is time to pack it in??????????

  5. It's a shame to see the goose like that Keith but at least it was feeding and just getting on with life. I am not seeing Treecreepers at the moment.. saw loads last winter during the freeze.
    Bullfinches are in good numbers though.

  6. Thanks Sondra. That's a good idea about the fishing line. Would certainly save a lot of wildlife.
    I'm rapidly going off Google lol

    Thanks Trevor. Maybe there was a well known amongst the Song Thrushes repertoire, and it triggered the copyright squad. lol
    Fishermen are not my favourites at the moment.

    Roy, that's a good idea. I'll be first in the queue to do it.

    Bob, that's a good idea. I'd love to put up a few 'no fishing' signs around the lake. :-)

    The goose seems to be coping Andrew, but I do wonder if it is in pain.

  7. Hi Keith...It terrible to see the poor goose like that...there are those that don't get it and those who just don't care!!
    Lovely singing this morning if they keep it up maybe they can get a recording contract lol
    The Bullfinch sure shows up in the brush ..lovely color!!
    I posted Cedar Waxwings this morning ..I was so excited to see them!!: }}

  8. Once again I stroll through the gentle beauty of England, the sounds and sights stilling me. I was overcome with sorrow as I saw that blessed goose, limping due to the thoughtlessness of a human, how many animals/birds suffer from the destruction of man is quite disturbing, if only it was possible to assist such suffering.......

    Once again I begin my day with a returning to land that holds my heart, thank you so much for your video footage, it really is, so utterly therapeutic.

  9. Thanks Grace. The bird song is lovely to hear each morning. The mild winter here has many of the birds thinking spring is arriving already.

    Thank you Gemel. I'm glad you enjoy your visits.
    It breaks my heart too, to see the way animals are suffering due to mans thoughtless actions.

  10. I've had the copyright notice on a few of mine. It's the automatic software they use to try to catch infringements. It caught a couple of mine, one a copyright free ancient classical recording, the other home produced. I challenged both but heard nothing.

    Lovely dawn chorus.

  11. Thanks John. I challenged all three of mine, and suddenly they were off the copyright list. All three had birds singing lol