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

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Sun, wind, and rain.

Up late too; still, I got to top up the feeders with some natural light for a change.

The forecast was for heavy rain, but the skies were clear when I left; but it didn't take long for the rain to arrive. I almost turned back, but then thought, once you're wet, you can't get much wetter.

After a heavy shower, the sun appeared.

But the distant black skies promised more rain. And it was windy too.

A Kingfisher was a welcome sight, as it flew across to the island., and over on the far side of the lake, a couple of Jays flew into the bushes.

A couple of female Goosander were at the top end of the north lake, along with Wigeon, Gadwall, Great Crested Grebes, and Coots.

A few Greylag Geese were about too, and a small group of five made a noisy departure from in front of the pub.

More showers, more sun, and more wind. A sensible person would head back to the car.

Making my way towards the south lake, my trio of Crows appeared, waiting for their apple core.

 How could I let them down?

Little Grebe were in their usual place, at the far end, and quite a few Black-headed Gulls too. By now the wind was getting stronger, and more rain on the horizon.

Finally, wet and windswept, a quick look at the feeders, and plenty of Goldfinches around.

 It's great to see so many, and a good healthy looking population of Greenfinches too.

The footbridge had a few Reed Buntings around, and in the trees, a pair of Bullfinches.

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)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
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  40


  1. Strange weather we've had today Keith, neither one thing or the other!

    You got some great shots inbetween the showers(?) though!

    Those Goldfinch look fantastic, don't they?...[;o)

  2. More Goldfinches than you can poke a big stick at. Brilliant Keith.

  3. Lovely images Keith..
    The wind last night was awesome and I didn't get much sleep..
    I'm knackered..

  4. Well now you're retired you dont have to punch a time clock so anytime is the right time eh? Nice to see your kingfishser again and of course your crow--
    TGIF tomorrow!!

  5. Thanks Trevor. It certainly was a mixed up morning. The birds seem to have really taken to the feeders now.

    Thanks Roy. It's great to see, and hear, so many Goldfinches round that little area.

    Thanks Andrew. It's very tiring all this wind.

    Sondra, very true. One day is much the same to me lol
    The Crows are good company as I walk that part of the lake.

  6. I wonder why greylags make such a racket.
    Good to see so many finches.

  7. You are gradually getting better shots of a Kingfisher. It's quite a while since I had so many Goldfinches here. Great to see.

  8. Cheers Adrian. Yea, they can be rather noisy. They are very social birds, like the Canada Geese.

    Thanks John. One day I'll get the Kingfisher shot I'm happy with lol