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

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Quick visit to south lake.

Brief visit, because a shopping expedition was required.

The Song Thrush was in fine voice this morning, doing his best to drown out the noisy traffic; and almost succeeding. At least it sounded better.

As it slowly got lighter, I'd hoped to see a bit more of the gull roost, but unfortunately most of them leave in the awkward moment for pictures, between dark, and not so dark. Maybe I need a night vision camera.

I was hoping to see the Goosander again, this morning, after seeing seven of them on the south lake yesterday. I wasn't completely disappointed, there were two; a male and female. After spooking the female, who was right by the edge as I filmed the male, they both flew off northwards.
I found both of them later by Cormorant island, so thankfully they didn't go far.

A Little Grebe was swimming around at the far end of the lake, and a pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers were high in the trees.

Passing the rowing club, a Grey Wagtail was along the footpath, and further along, a pair of Pied Wagtails.

Three Pochard were swimming in the arc, by the town houses. First ones I've seen here for a while, and at least a dozen Great Crested Grebes by the island.

Quick look at the feeders had a group of Mallard picking up the fallen seed, along with a couple of Moorhen; and then shopping.

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)
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 Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
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 Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)

Total species  29


  1. Nice one Keith, it's a shame you had to rush of to the shops though![;o)

  2. The Goosander were looking very elegant again today Keith and lots more of interest too. I do wish there was a large lake close to me. I usually only ever get to see Mallards, Coots, Canadian Geese and Moorhens locally, all nice to see of course but more variety would be welcome.

    How lovely to be greeted by the Song Thrush when you arrived, it has to be my very favourite birdsong.

    Hope you survive the dreaded shopping!

  3. The shopping is done now Trevor. Hopefully the sun will shine tomorrow, and I can get a full morning. :-)

    Thanks Jan. I'm very fortunate to have this lake on my doorstep. It's a great place.
    A lot of the people I speak to around here just don't realise how much is here, until I point it out; and then they are so grateful.

  4. Thanks Bob.
    A short visit, but a great one.

  5. Hi Keith..Your whole video is worth watching just to hear the sweet vocals of the Song Thrush!! : ]
    I can't remember which duck it was ,but I love the way he took a drink and put his neck straight up then down and did a little back and forth neck thing
    And the little one must have been a Grebe diving and poping up ..ya I know I'm going on, but fun to see these things happening !!

  6. Thanks Grace. He is a lovely singer, and I get that treat every morning.
    The drinking duck was a Goosander, and the diver, a Little Grebe. Rich in birdlife at the lake.

    Thanks Andrew. The weather looks like it could be sunny today, so hopefully some more goodies. :-)

  7. your thrush was in fine song this morning..Keith and your crows are lovely...Really enjoyed the early gulls and the little grebe diving on the video...Cool stuff!!

  8. Thanks Sondra. It's lovely to hear the Song Thrush above the noisy traffic. I could listen to him for ages.