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

Sunday, 8 January 2012

A quiet morning

Dull and cloudy, and the light didn't get much better.

The Song Thrush was belting out his morning song, trying to make himself heard above the traffic going along the road that crosses the lake. Where on earth is it all going, so early in the morning?

There didn't seem to be so many birds on the lake this morning; what with joggers, cyclists and boats, who can blame them.
A few Herons trying to find a good fishing spot; and a couple of fishermen in a spot that has no fishing. Maybe they couldn't understand the sign that says, 'No Fishing beyond this point.'

The south lake had plenty of Mute Swans at the far end; and three pairs were getting a little friendly. The mild weather seems to have a lot of birds and plants confused.

I had an e-mail yesterday, from someone asking exactly where the Siskin are, that I mention. I gave him as much information as I could, and added a good spot for Redwing too.
Low and behold, this morning, no sign of anything. Typical.

However, a lone Siskin came to the rescue, as I passed the offices.

He perched high in the tree, but the light was terrible. I did managed a little video, and a few pictures though.

He was soon joined by four more, albeit briefly, and then they left, searching for more food.

Past the rowing club, the usual group of gulls out on the water, were nowhere to be seen. I saw boats though.

Down by Cormorant island, a large group of Great Crested Grebes had gathered, I counted 25 just in the one small area.

The bushes by the footbridge, had half a dozen Bullfinches, and the feeders were doing a good trade; with a group of Mallard picking up the fallen seed.

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)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
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)
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  33


  1. Great shame about the light Keith as you would have got some really good Siskin.

  2. You managed a good number of birds despite all the joggers etc Keith..
    Who keeps an eye on whose fishing and where? they are quite strict around here.

  3. The Siskin is a beauty, funny, we haven't seen any this year.

  4. Unbelievable what you get in the metropolis. A great look round.

  5. Couple of days ago Roy, we had lovely sunshine. Oh well, maybe tomorrow.

    Andrew, there is a bailif who comes round most mornings; small man, with a big dog. Haven't seen him for a few days.

    Thanks Bob. Maybe you'll get some soon. We've been lucky here this year; quite a few around.

    Thanks Adrian. It's a great little spot, considering its location.

  6. Hi Keith...I can't seem to keep up this past week there just seems a need of things to get done..maybe it is the new year ..anyway!!!!
    Its a shame the light wasn't good for the Siskins, but you did see one ..I wonder how the other fella made out : }}} he probably won't call on you again for information lol!!
    You are sounding chipper these days..hope you are feeling great ; }!

  7. Grace, that's the sort of problems I have, trying to keep up with everything. lol

  8. Another good tally Keith....fishermen...joggers...boat[;o)

  9. Thanks Trevor.
    Yea, all that lot, it's a wonder the birds still show themselves lol

  10. People can't read and heed no rules, do they?
    One moron tried to shoot more Flamingos in the nature preserve last week. Luckily a brave fellow birder was there and the (also brave) guards kicked him out.
    At least you got to see the Swans and Siskins :-)

  11. Thanks Nicole.
    That's terrible that someone would try to shoot birds on a nature reserve. Unbelievable.

  12. Sadly, in Kuwait anything is possible :/

  13. Keith...the siskin shot is really great--once again a fun look into your walk at the lake!!

  14. Thanks Sondra. The place never disappoints me.