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

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

A quiet morning on the south lake.

Pretty cold this morning, and dull with it.

There was a trio of songsters this morning, complete with a backing ensemble. The Song Thrush, a Robin, and a Great Tit, determined to be heard above everyone else. Along with the cawing of the Crows, and the chattering of the Magpies, there were times when they almost drowned out the morning traffic.

I counted eight Reed Buntings at the footbridge, along with a few Chaffinch.
As I made my way under the road bridge, a Kingfisher flashed over the water, from the direction of the pub. One of the regulars.

Blue Tits and Long Tailed Tits were in the bushes either side of the footpath, and up by the footbridge, the Heron in his usual spot.
There were also a group of Mallard; and something I've never seen before, they were eating a fish. I doubt it was one they caught themselves, but interesting to see.

A dozen or more Jackdaws flew over, making their distinctive call, and four Green Woodpeckers were up at the top end of the lake, in the trees that line the water. The most I've seen in one spot before.

The water had the usual Wigeon, Gadwall and fighting Coots, and on the grassy bank, a group of Canada Geese.

Onto the south lake, and the Crows seemed to be there waiting.

Nothing much else, until I reached the far end, and a couple of Little Grebe, along with a few Great Crested Grebe, and Black-headed Gulls.
No sign of any Siskin this morning; in fact the south lake seemed very quiet. Not even the groups of gulls out in the middle.

Out on Cormorant island, the four Goosander were sitting in almost the same place as yesterday. I think they've found a spot they like.

At the feeders, very little activity there, but a pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers flew up into the trees; and another Green Woodpecker.

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)
Stock Pigeon [sp] (Columba oenas)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
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)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  38


  1. You had a nice 'choir' to greet your arrival this morning Keith.

    I guess the fish eating Mallard were just making the most of the opportunity, now the weather has got a bit cooler!!, to get whatever sustenance the can find!!...[;o)

    Wow! I just happened to glance out of the window at the feeders in the garden and saw a House Sparrow and a Goldfinch have a mid air collision!! The Sparrow fell into a shrub and the Goldfinch fell onto the lawn, but after a split second and some flapping they both recovered their composure and were away seemingly none the worse for wear!!

  2. There certainly was a lot of singing going on this morning Trevor.

    That collision sounds painful. Never seen anything like that before. Glad they're both OK.

  3. HI Keith...Well your morning bird are a delight to my ears..since it is snowing lightly here and 22f lol
    The Mallards had quite a tussel with that fish. Did it get eaten?
    I wonder on days like yesterday "where are the bird"?...then the next day the feeders are full of them...odd!!
    Take care
    Hugs Grace

  4. Thanks Grace. The ducks left the fish in the end.
    It seemed cold enough for snow here this morning; didn't get any though.

  5. I love the way that birds can make a sound, it is the melodies that they make.

  6. Another wonderful stroll around your patch Keith..

  7. They say crows can recognize a person by these guys know you well and look forward to those apples...and what a chorus you had going really enjoyed that!!!

  8. Bob, they're much better than some of the stuff on the radio :-)

    Thanks Andrew.

    I'm sure these ones do Sondra. They seem to appear out of thin air sometimes. lol

  9. Even if it was dull, at least it was quiet, no?

  10. A dawn chorus certainly makes early, cold morning walks worth while. Fascinating watching the Mallard / fish tug-of-war!

  11. Not so many people about Nicole. It's like having the place to myself lol

    Cheers John. Yea, I've never seen Mallard behaving like that before. I didn't think they ate fish.

  12. Looks to have been a great 'wander' around the lake. I am hoping to go in search of Bald Eagles this Saturday but we will see.

  13. Thanks Dale.
    Good luck with the Bald Eagles. Beautiful birds.