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

Monday, 2 January 2012


As I made my way to the feeders, in the half light, I disturbed a roosting Pheasant, in the tree tops. I don't know who got the bigger fright; him or me.

I made my way round the north lake first, but stopped under the road bridge, for a quick look at the gull roost, on the south lake. Glad I did; my only glimpse of the Great Northern Diver this morning. He does move around a bit.

A few Tufted Duck, and lots of Coots, as I walked towards the top end.
Canada Geese, a few Herons, and a lovely view of a Sparrowhawk, gliding over the grass, towards some trees.

The sun was now a beautiful golden colour, as it swept over the morning. A lovely start to the day.

Wigeon and Gadwall, up by the weir, and towards the pub, plenty of Black-headed Gulls. I stopped to feed a few Mallards, which attracted the gulls.

 Great subjects to practice on.

A Kingfisher was sat in some bushes, as I began my way to the south lake; and apple time. That of course, brings my friends.


They followed me along the edge, almost to the far end of the lake.
They got their reward, eventually, in the shape of the apple core. I do love these birds. So intelligent, and this little trio are getting so friendly now.

At the far end, a couple of Little Grebes, swimming amongst the gulls, and where the wader scrape was; two female Goosander. I spent at least half an hour, watching them bathe and splash around.

So many pictures taken, and still a lot to sort through yet. A fantastic time, watching these beautiful birds.

Eventually I dragged myself away, and headed towards the car park.

At the feeders, plenty of Greenfinch and Goldfinch, and the lone Siskin.

Another fantastic morning; and sunshine too.

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)
Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
Great Northern Diver (Gavia immer)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
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)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
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)
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)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  42


  1. Wonderful stills and a beautiful day. It's a great climate we enjoy.

  2. You had a nice walk in the sunshine this morning Keith.

    Excellent shots and video of the Goosanders...[;o)

  3. A lovely sunny day here Keith and I also had a go at capturing flight shots of the Bhg's..
    Your Goosanders are wonderful to see...

  4. Thanks Adrian. A lovely day today.

    Cheers Trevor. It was good to see some blue skies.

    Thank you Andrew. The Goosanders were very entertaining this morning.