Personal musings, wanderings and sightings from around the lake.
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Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Just the north

Cloudy start to the morning, and a few spots of rain.

The group of Crows and Magpies that turn up at the car park, for bread and biscuits in the morning, are now regularly joined by a couple of Mallards. Quite a feeding frenzy for a few minutes, until all the food is gone.

Under the road bridge, a group of the Mallards were waiting for theirs too.

Up towards the footbridge, and the island, four Goosander were flying around, seemingly unable to settle anywhere. Probably due to the boats, that were now up and down the lake. And over on the island, the Kingfisher was sitting in the trees.

At the top end of the lake, I met up with Marilyn, and we watched a group of Goosander for a while. Counting them was quite difficult, because it seemed it was breakfast time, and they were busy diving, and occasionally flying around.
The best guess I think, was four; maybe five.

I carried on towards the south lake, and left Marilyn at the north. I was going to go right round the lake as usual, but my knee is playing up again, so I got to the road bridge, and crossed over, towards the car park.

A quick look at the feeders, and then I made my way home.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
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)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
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)
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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  31


  1. Loved the video footage of the boat people!
    Another good look round, your commentary is getting very professional.

  2. Yea, it was a bad morning and a bad afternoon. Look after your knee.

  3. It's no good Keith. You will have to thumb a lift in one of those boats to get nearer the Kingfisher.

  4. Hi Keith..the advantages and disadvantages of ice on the lake huh!!
    The ice keeps those bloody boat people of the lake ,but not great for the birds either for feeding!!
    Oh well what can you do!!
    That lake must have a good stock of fish..there is always plenty of feathered fishers around!!lol
    Hope your having a good day!!
    Hugs Grace

  5. That kingfisher is determined to stay just out of your focal lenght eh Keith...I know your frustrations on that one..They are as quick as can be too. The Goosanders are looking great they've had a fantastic winter.
    Have a peaceful Saturday Night.

  6. Cheers Adrian. Appreciate your comment.

    Thanks Bob. Yea, side effects of one of my tablets.

    Can you imagine that John? Me on one of those boats? lol

    Thanks Grace. Yea, there's some monster fish in this lake.
    Just fed myself, so I should be feeling better soon lol

    Sondra, the Kingfisher is my biggest challenge. I want a good picture, without resorting to using a hide. Tricky lol

  7. You'll get the perfect Kingfisher shot eventually Keith, I'm sure. I would just be glad to see one ;-) I have thought of one of those portable hides but would feel an idiot in it lol.

    You have certainly had your fair share of Goosander this year! Sorry the knee is troubling you again, the damp weather won't help... Roll on Spring :-)

  8. I'm sure you'll get that Kingfisher soon Keith!

    Looks like the 'boat people' are back with a vengeance now the ice has gone! Did I detect a few expletives there, being drowned out by that wind noise?

    Make sure you look after that knee!...[;o)

  9. Thanks Jan. I got one of those hide things last year, it's like a cloak, that throws over yourself. Never used it yet though.

    Thanks Trevor. I think the wind may have saved the day, in parts lol

  10. nice video Keith. The cursory wave you got when I saw your car was because the bullfinches were sitting in the open ... sorry your knee cut your walk short.

  11. Another day of continuous rain here this was good to see you out and about.
    Adrians right..your commentry is excellent.

  12. Always nice to watch movies of Your visit to the lake.
    The friends that I reach for breakfast not long in coming.
    The water is no longer mirror. And now creates a moving picture.
    Wow, that zoom the video, he found the "kingfisher".
    Boating and wind to disturb the peaceful evolution of wildlife.
    The crow feels observed and moves elsewhere with the apple.
    Thanks for the video / walk.
    Happy weekend ..

  13. Oh, you've got to take care, Ok?
    Sleep tight.

  14. Thanks Marilyn. Glad you got to see the Bullfinches there; they were hiding when I looked.

    Andrew, thank you. Sometimes some of the commentary doesn't quite make it to the blog though lol

    Niki, thank you. I'm glad you enjoy the video clips. I think it's a great way to share the lake. :-)

    BlueShell, thank you. Another trip to the doctors maybe :-)