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

Thursday, 12 January 2012

A quick visit.

A dull, cloudy morning; but the birds were still singing.

The Song Thrush by the footbridge was in good voice, as was the Robin close by.
A big group of Magpies were quite vocal too, chattering away.

I made my way round the north lake, intending to do the whole lake, but half way round, my knee was giving me some pain.
I get arthritis in it at times; and this was one of them.
I hate the whole thing about getting old.

A few Mute Swans were busily flying around, as were the Canada and Greylag Geese.
Plenty of Wigeon and Gadwall at the top end of the lake; but no sign of a Kingfisher today.

Down past the pub, and a small group of Black-headed Gulls were sitting on the boat jetty, along with some Cormorants, drying their wings, ready for the next bout of fishing.

A couple of Pied Wagtails were skipping over the grass, and up in the trees, a big group of Wood Pigeon.

I crossed the lake at the road bridge, and made my way down the steps, towards the car park.

A nice sight was a Treecreeper, briefly working his way up the trunk of a tree, before he flew off.

He takes the years bird total so far, for here, to 59.

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)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
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)
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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  32


  1. Its mild enough to be Spring Keith.
    Nice shots of the Treecreeper.

  2. Great video Keith, super flight shots and a nice Treecreeper to end with.

    Now, 5 Magpies that I think = silver! (don't forget your friends!!)

    I've the perfect remedy to help sort that knee...first you need to sit down, raise your leg and make yourself comfy and then you need to raise a glass or three!...Hope it's better soon...[;o)

  3. I trust the Tree Creeper was worth the pain. Hope you recover soon.

  4. Thanks Roy. It's certainly fooling some of the birds. Even got daffs out by the lake.

    Trevor, hope you're right about the silver lol
    The glass has been raised since mid-day; but the knee still hurts :-(

    It was good to see the Treecreeper Adrian. Shame I couldn't get a still picture though.

  5. HI Keith...lots of nice bird today ..great landing with those Swans!!
    The singing tree was in good tune today ..such a lovely song : }
    It is snowing here...I think the party is over on the unusally warm snowless winter!!

  6. I could stand and listen to that Song Thrush all morning Grace. A lovely sound.
    Hope we don't get snow here.

  7. Bummer about your knee :(
    Take care of it and keep it warm!

  8. Thanks Nicole. Some days it's worse than others.

  9. I hear you (not the knees, but my back...)