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

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Sunny Sunday

A very spring like morning, with warm sun, and plenty of birds.

A Great Spotted Woodpecker was soon on the feeders, once I had topped them up; and at least 14 Magpies in the trees, after the biscuits and bread by the car park. I don't think they got much though, as a couple of Mallards were soon on it, as fast as I put it down.

Mr and Mrs Mallard were waiting under the road bridge, and across the lake, in front of the pub, the Lesser Black-backed Gull was strutting his stuff.

Up by the island, a Grey Heron was successfully fishing in the reeds,

( you can just make out a tiny fish in his bill)

but no sign of the Kingfisher this morning.

Wigeon were grazing on the grass, along with some Canada Geese, and plenty of Wood Pigeons flying overhead.

Going up towards the pub, a couple of Pied Wagtail were running about on the grass, and a couple of Starlings up on the windmill, doing their usual whistling impressions.

The Crows met me under the road bridge, and out on the lake, a couple of Goosander.

More Herons were around the edge of the lake, but by now there were quite a few joggers about, so they were constantly flying backwards and forwards.

No sign of any boats this morning.

At the far end, the usual Little Grebe, and the Robin up by the hide; and as I passed the rowing club, I found 4 Goosanders; 3 males and a female.

On Cormorant island, the Cormorants were busily drying their wings,

no doubt after eating all the poor fishermen's fish.
What a shame.

A last look at the feeders, and then I spent a while standing on the footbridge, hoping to get some pictures of the birds in the bushes.

Blue Tit

Not much chance at the weekend though; too many joggers about.

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)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
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)
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)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
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  43


  1. Morning Keith, I really enjoyed the video today, relaxing walk around without too much disturbance!! Nice to see your buddies all healthy and happy, you must eat 3 apples now so eveyone gets a core!! Hope that Isotonic Gel does the trick..HaHa!!

  2. Nice shots, very much like the Blue Tit.

  3. A lovely day weatherwise here today Keith... but spent tidying up my Mum's garden..
    Another graet count for you today..

  4. A Grand Walk. Better than mine I got lost.

  5. A beautiful spring morning Keith, and NO boats!!

    Super image of the Blue Tit and as usual the video is jam packed with 'stars'! Excellent...[;o)

  6. Thanks Sondra. Stocking up on more apples later this morning. And the gel.....strange stuff lol

    Thanks Marc. The Blue Tits can be good at posing sometimes can't they :-)

    Thank you Wilma. We've got a few round the lake now, so never stuck for subjects. :-)

    Thanks Andrew. You could do my garden when you've finished. lol

    Thank you Adrian. At least you got back though. I bet the dogs thought it a grand adventure.

    Thanks Trevor. The sun makes such a difference. Today looks cloudy though.

  7. Beautiful photo of the Heron, so close.

  8. Thanks Bob. Sometimes they are very co-operative. :-)

  9. Hello Keith
    Now I wait for the morning to see the wonders that you have filmed.
    Son coltpita the attention that you reserve the Crows.
    Now they're the official supplier of food!.
    Tender the "Robin", as it moves around the festive food.
    A place that is untouched, except for some small distraction.
    My son liked the Herons and the Cormorant.
    congratulations for the photo shoot in the air.
    Sunny days
    Niki ..

  10. Thank you Niki. I'm glad you both enjoyed the post. I just love watching the Crows, they are such characters.