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

Friday, 17 February 2012

Friday 17th February 2012

Yea, imaginative title, I know.

Started cloudy, and mild; and the sun tried to shine, but then decided not to, and as I left, a few spots of rain. Quite a mix today.

Siskin on the bird feeders were a nice sight to see; they're becoming quite the regulars at the moment.
Under the road bridge, my friendly Mallards were waiting for breakfast.
After feeding them, I made my way towards the island on the north lake. Yesterday, Trevor had called me to say he had seen a fox on the island. I searched with the binoculars, but couldn't see any sight of him. I did see a Kingfisher in the trees though.

 He's the orange/blue spot, just left of centre  lol

Up at the top end of the lake, there were four Goosander, the usual Tufted, Wigeon, Gadwall and Great Crested Grebes, and overhead a couple of big flocks of Wood Pigeon, Fieldfare and Lapwing flew over.

Round by the pub, a group of Canada Geese were grazing on the grass, along with a couple of Pied Wagtails; a group of Black-headed Gulls on the boat jetty.
The Mallards were waiting too.

More food, then an escape to the south lake, and waiting Crows.

After feeding them, a quick glimpse of a male Goldeneye, before he took to the air, heading north, and at the far end, a single female Goosander, along with some fighting Coots.

Walking past the rowing club, I began to wonder if all the Goosander had left, but then suddenly three females flew up towards Cormorant island, followed by a male, who went south, further down the lake. A total of nine this morning.

A last look at the feeders,

 which had a Siskin and a couple of Goldfinches feeding, and the surrounding bushes by the footbridge, had four Bullfinches, amongst the Chaffinch and Reed Buntings.

Another great morning.

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)
Common Goldeneye [sp] (Bucephala clangula)
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)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
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)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
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)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
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  44


  1. Good morning.
    A 17 Friday, fruitful meetings.
    The friends of the lake are realized in variety.
    The snow has melted.
    How to change the scenario.
    More movement.
    Happy weekend to you.
    A smile ..

  2. One of those days, wasn't it. In your video, I loved the pictures of the Great Crested Grebes, his plumage isn't quite ready yet, never mind, your time will come.

  3. Another good mornings ramble Keith,

    Glad you caught a brief glimpse of the Goldeneye, maybe a better view for tomorrow.

    It's a pity you missed out on the island Fox, you'll have to keep watching he's bound to appear sooner or later, unless of course he's taken a swim for it already!!
    (I'll email you a picture, maybe Dawn will be interested?)...[;o)

  4. Yet another wonderful walk. A bit odd having a lone LTT.

  5. Thank you Niki. It was a good visit today.
    Hope you have a good weekend too :-)

    Thanks Bob. There's a lot of young Great Crested Grebes around the lake this year. It was a good breeding year last year.

    Cheers for the picture Trevor.
    A very brief glimpse of the Goldeneye this morning. Maybe he went back to the north lake.

    Thanks Adrian. Yea, a couple of times now, I've seen a lone LTT. Very unusual.

  6. Another perfect morning Keith.

    I have to say that I giggled as the ducks quacked and waddled after you, such a devoted fan club :)

    Actually, I think there ought to more people like you, able to see the beauty of the bird folk, and, to have to dedication to feed and nurture them in the way that you do is something is incredibly moving, as are all these morning ambles I share with you through your videos, although I have to add, Tarmie always get jealous when he hears the birds, so funny as he can't work out where they are coming from!

  7. Thanks Gemel. The ducks are becoming very trusting, and seem to look out for me when I get near where they are. It's lovely to have 'wild' birds feel at ease like this.

  8. Another lovely morning with you Keith.. at last I have a weekend off forecast?
    Weather Warning.. oh well!

  9. another good day for you! Rain forcasted for my weekend..Grrr
    I see "him" in that tree hehe

  10. Thanks Andrew. A cloudy day for here.

    Thanks Sondra. I couldn't resist posting that pic. lol