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

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Weed Dance again.

A lovely sunny morning; just a shame I didn't take more pictures.

It seemed to take me forever to leave the footbridge area this morning. The Chaffinch with the white head was around, along with a large group of Reed Buntings; and the Song Thrush was singing quite merrily in the tree tops.

All the usuals around the north lake, and as I made my way towards the south lake, the Crows picked me up, and followed me.

At the far end of the south lake, Little Grebe, Grey Heron, and another treat to the weed dance, by the Great Crested Grebes.

A large flock of Chaffinch were at the far end too this morning, but no sign of the usual Siskin.

A few gulls down by the rowing club;

this Common Gull posing for a while amongst a group of Black-headed Gulls, and then it was back to the car park.

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)
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)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
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)
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  39


  1. HI Keith...The singing bush always makes me smile..such a lovely song!! : }}]
    Seeing the weed dance again is worth a seeing a whole video...; }

  2. Great for you, a sunny day, I didn't have one at all. The Gull looked at you, pose for the camera. And it did.

  3. it was a lovely Morning there today....awesome to hear that great bird song too. This week is almost a weekend..YAHOO for that!!!

  4. Great the weed dance.

  5. Thanks Grace. I've been very lucky capturing the weed dance a couple of times now.
    At this rate I'll have enough footage for a full length feature film lol

    Thanks Bob. Yea, the gull posed beautifully in the sun.

    Thanks Sondra. The weeks seem to fly by so quickly now.

    Thanks Adrian. I love seeing them perform that.
    It's usually in February they start to do it. I think even the birds are confused by this mild weather.

  6. Another great 'weed dance' capture Keith...[;o)