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

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Freezing cold and lots of flying

A very cold, frosty morning, but at least the sun shone.

I was a bit later than usual, and didn't the birds let me know it.
Magpies were waiting in the trees, and before I'd finished throwing some bread and biscuits on the grass, the Crows were there grabbing it.

Just as frantic at the feeders too. A Robin was on one of the nut feeders, moments after I'd topped it up; and further down, Long Tailed Tits, Blue Tits, and Great Tits, were on one of the other nut feeders, and a fat ball holder. A couple of handfulls of seed scattered on the ground, soon had another Robin there.

A Great Spotted Woodpecker was impatient for me to leave, peering round the trunk of a tree; and as soon as I'd left, he was on the peanuts.

A quick look at the south lake, and most is frozen, except for an area in front of the town houses, and a section around Cormorant island. Needless to say, these areas were packed with birds. And lots of coming and going by the geese.

 Canada Goose

Under the road bridge, it still remains unfrozen; and packed with Mallard. Two new visitors to this area now; Little Grebe.
The rest of the north lake was frozen, except for the small area that housed yesterdays Goosander, and everything else. Today, no Goosander, just everything else.

Up by the next footbridge, a Kingfisher sat in the trees, watching the water below.

 A small area that for now, remains unfrozen. But for how much longer?

On towards the small unfrozen area, that was packed with Wigeon,

 Gadwall and Tufted Duck.

Still lots of flying around by the geese, and a large group of Canada Geese came in to land on the edge of the ice.

The top end was all frozen, and two Jays flew overhead, towards the sheep field.

Past the pub, and strange to see the area birdless. Even the Cormorants and Black-headed Gulls have deserted the boat jetty.

The south lake had the waiting Crows,

more flying geese,

and yet more ice.

Even yesterdays pool with the lone Coot, had succumbed to the freezing temperatures.

A quick wander to one of the hides, and a Robin followed my progress, probably hoping for some food.

Making my way past the rowing club, a bank of cloud was steadily moving in from the west. It wouldn't be long before it would cover the sun, and start to reduce the temperature even more.

In front of the town houses, Mallards were busily flying around,

as a few people appeared with some bread. Some Mute swans were preening on the ice,


and out in the middle of the lake, a big gathering of various gulls.

(some more for the gull spotters out there)

Eventually I got back to the car park, where I met Scott.

After a quick chat, one last look at the feeders before heading home.

The Great Spotted Woodpecker hadn't moved very far.

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)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
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)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
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)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  40


  1. No bad ones here....Your beat video yetand the stills want saving for ever. A belting post.

  2. Thanks Adrian. I had a great time this morning; and now the snow has started to fall here. Settling too.

  3. Great kingfisher shot - I'm envious! Glad you braved the cold so us less adventurous souls can enjoy your experience from the comfort of an armchair.

  4. ha look at all those feeders... Got some more bird fodder this morning. Felt bad that the weather was so cold .

  5. Visited my mum this afternoon and I was only there for an hour.. 2pm and the rain had frozen on the windscreen..
    Lovely images of your patch..

  6. Beautiful images. All the birds were waiting for you to come, I love it.

  7. Thanks Colin. Yea, just a bit on the cool side this morning, even when the sun shone. I think the Kingfishers will be moving on soon; there isn't much water for them to fish in at the moment.

    Debbie, I've got 14 feeders tucked away in the trees. Expensive, but the birds love it :-)

    Andrew, I doubt this cold weather will last very long. Hope not, for the birds sake.

    Thanks Bob. Yea, I was very popular this morning lol

  8. Wonderful photos and video, Keith. Lovely to see the Kingfisher, I can't even remember the last time I saw one.

    I do feel sorry for the birds this weather especially water birds.

    It started snowing here at about 2.30pm yesterday and carried on until around midnight!

  9. Thank you Jan.
    The Kingfisher numbers seem down here at the moment. Hopefully they'll pick up again after the winter.