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

Monday, 20 February 2012

Monday again

I can't believe how quick the weeks are going; one and a bit more, and it will be March!

A light frost this morning, but the sun soon made an impression, and cast a lovely golden glow everywhere.

After feeding the Mallards under the road bridge, I made my way round the north lake. No Kingfishers this morning, but the Heron was in his usual place under the footbridge.
Tufted Duck,

Coots and Wigeon were in the majority, as I headed up to the top end of the lake. A Grey Wagtail flew from his regular spot, and more Wigeon were grazing on the frosty grass

Past the pub, and a couple of Pied Wagtails, Starlings, and the Lesser Black-backed Gull were on the grass; and soon the Mallards flew in.
More food for them, and then onto the south lake; and the waiting Crows.

A couple of Herons fishing along the edge of the south lake, and a few Reed Buntings appropriately in the reeds.
The far end had a group of Black-headed Gulls, Gadwall and Great Crested grebe; but no sign of any Little Grebe this morning. Probably all busy fishing.

Past the rowing club, and very few gulls out on the water; just a couple of Common Gulls. And then a lone female Goosander, swimming in the distance.

As I got level with Cormorant island, I could see at least two more up on the bank.

Glancing back towards the houses, a trio of vehicles had gathered.

 Landscape merchants.

Judging by the equipment, it looked as though some of the trees were for the chop; or maybe just a trim. Either way, a travesty; this time of the year some birds are beginning to build nests, and some of the Magpies are re-building their nests in the tree tops.

Surely these 'people' understand the law around disturbing nesting birds?

At the car park, a quick look at the feeders, before heading to the shops for supplies.

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)
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)
Stock Pigeon [sp] (Columba oenas)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
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)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
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  41


  1. Keith, that first image is a beauty, those reds and golds are stunning.

    Super video, the birds always put on a good show for you! but I reckon you'll soon need an electric buggy and a trailer full of food to feed all your 'followers'!!

    I don't want to think about what tomorrow's post might bring, those looked like they meant business...[;o(

  2. Cheers Trevor. An electric buggy sounds a good idea, especially with this dodgy knee at the moment.
    Yea, the vandals looked set to wreak total destruction.

  3. Agree with The Herald those vibrant reds look amazing,are they dogwoods?
    Looks like its stringent rules for us and another for the council. My other half has been involved in the demolition of an old mill, the bats pigeons and archaeology are a big deal and rightly so, its a shame the council don't follow suit

  4. Exterminators I call them. We had a load of trees around our lake, they went. Why?
    Lovely pictures you made, and the video.

  5. Oh blimey, I've started talking back to you now, when you mentioned the Bullfinch being a beauty, I said 'yes isn't he', out loud :-)

    Methinks a complaint is in order regarding the trees? As you say if birds are nesting it's illegal.

    I agree with Trevor, the first photo is particularly beautiful.

  6. Yea, Debs, they are Dogwoods. Quite a few planted round the lake too, when they've not been cut down.
    Milton Keynes do seem a bit trigger happy with their chainsaws. There's even been letters in the local press from other people complaining about the 'landscaping'.

    Bob, a polite name for them.
    I don't understand why they do all the planting in the first place, just to chop them all down later.

    Thanks Jan. I'll see what sort of condition the trees are in tomorrow. A complaint will certainly be in order.

  7. Keith beautiful first two images. And we get a lot of those disturbances as well. Anna :)

  8. HOPE no nests are disturbed...geeze
    Lovely walk around today...the video was super and that golden landscape shot is SUPER!!

  9. Thanks Anna.
    Hope you're all keeping well. :-)

    Sondra, thank you. I'll be over the lake in a couple of hours. Hope there isn't too much damage.

  10. I think those birds have got an early warning system installed. They know when you leave home Keith.{:)

    I live in a conservation area of the City and we have to get permission from the council just to trim the trees.
    If you did it without, you would get a hefty fine.

  11. Roy, I think you're right. They seem to know just when I'm about lol
    I think there's a 'free for all' policy in Milton Keynes with regards landscaping. I'm not the only one complaining about it either. It's sad to see such destruction on a large scale.