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

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Just like spring

The overnight cloud soon gave way to some sun; it was just like a spring morning.

The Song Thrush was in fine voice, along with a couple of Robins, and Blue Tits, all around the car park area.
A pair of Mallards were almost immediately on the scene, eating the biscuit, before the Crows and Magpies could get a look in.

The lake is now back to normal; ice free, and I'm sure the birds are happy with that.
The top end of the north lake had the regulars; Tufted, Coot, Gadwall, Wigeon and Pochard, and a lone Kingfisher flew across the water.

The Mallards stopped me by the pub, and followed me until I left them some seed.
Once under the road bridge, it was the turn of the Crows, to be fed.

Making my way to the far end of the lake, a couple of Herons were standing like statues, enjoying the warm sunshine.

The far end of the south lake is now ice free, and the group of Goosander were making the most of the larger fishing area. Splitting into two groups, and a lot of flying.

 And why do they always move to the side of the lake you've just come from?

As I walked along past the trees, a Treecreeper flew by, and began climbing the trunk of the tree in front of me.

At this point, my mobile went off. It was Trevor. He'd just pulled into the car park, so we arranged to meet up at the nearby hide, overlooking the island.

We watched the Goosander for a while, and a Grey Heron, that was having a lay down on the island.

 Only the second time I've seen this.

Eventually we made our way back to the car park, and after a look at the feeders, and surrounding trees and bushes, I left for home, and Trevor carried on round the north lake.

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)
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)
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 Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris britannica)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  41


  1. Hi Keith, It was nice to met up for a chat and a walk in the beautiful spring like weather this morning.

    As usual there is always lots of birdlife to see around the lakes, I noted 40 different species today...[;o)

  2. HI Keith....Wonderful for the bird that the ice is melting ..or perhaps they where enjoying a bit of ice skating "who know" ; ]!
    I have never seen Heron lying down before ..nor have I seen any other photos of one doing that ...great catch!! : }
    The river here is open right down the middle and melting fast has been very nice here..I saw Common Merganser ..(I thing thats your Goosander) on the river some shots, but they where a little spooked !!

  3. The tree creeper steals the show today. Have fun.

  4. Cheers Trevor. I'll look out for the Goldeneye tomorrow ;-)

    Thanks Grace. Yea, that Heron was a strange sight to see. :-)

    Thanks Adrian. Good to see you around again :-)

  5. That's a treat, and the Treecreeper, brilliant.

  6. I've never witnessed Herons doing that Keith so many thanks for sharing..
    Another lovely stroll with you...

  7. I believe we may have the brown tree creeper bird here.I have never gotten a photo of it though.
    The heron does look different when laying down!Your lake is beautiful,phyllis

  8. LOL I had to laugh at you saying YOu best start eating an
    Your misses mallard is such a Sweety pie I love to see her.
    Great shot of the Tree Creeper...
    HI to Trevor!

  9. Thanks Andrew. It was strange to see the Heron lying down like that.

    Thanks Phyllis. I'm glad you like the lake. One of my favourite places, and I spend a lot of time here.

    Sondra, thank you. The female Mallard is a real star. I'm sure she'd follow me home lol