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Sunday, 19 February 2012

A walk with some company.

A lovely walk this morning, in sunshine, and the company of someone who enjoys birds.

A little while ago, someone I've got to know who walks his dogs round the lake, asked if he could walk round with me one morning. So, at 6:45 a.m., I met up with Julian at the car park, and after topping up the feeders, and having a quick look at what was around the immediate area, (25 different species counted off, including 4 Goosander, some Reed Buntings, a Bullfinch, and various other finches), we made our way round to the north lake.

A small group of Mallard appeared, so they were fed, before spotting another pair of Goosander. Over by the pub, the Lesser Black-backed Gull, up on the grass, and a few Black-headed Gulls on the boat jetty.

On towards the footbridge; no Heron this morning, but a Kingfisher sitting on the side, under the bridge.

He soon flew off towards one of the arms, that stretch towards some houses.

On over the next footbridge, and a quick search in the reeds for any Water Rail. No luck, but over on the island, a Kingfisher. A different one, or the same one? Not sure.

By the now, being a weekend, the boats were out on the water, and the Tufted Ducks were flying around, looking for somewhere peaceful to settle.
So too were the Canada Geese.

 No chance on  a weekend.

At the top end, and the arm that curves off from the main lake, and the boats, a Great Black-backed Gull sat on the boat, used by all and sundry to rest for a while.

 (he looks like another fishing line victim)

With him, on the boat, was a female Goosander,

and a male swimming nearby.

Pochard, Coot, Wigeon,

Gadwall, Mallard and Tufted Duck were the bulk of the rest, along with some Canada Geese and Black-headed Gulls.

Past the pub, a couple of Pied Wagtails were foraging on the grass, and then we made our way under the road bridge, to the south lake.

The Crows arrived, so it was apple time, before making our way to the far end.

As we approached one of the bird hides, a couple of Siskin were up in the trees, but before I could get any pictures, they disappeared into the bushes.
At the bird hide, a very inquisitive and bold Robin came to see us.

We had a coffee, and he had bird seed, before we carried on towards the car park.

As we got closer to Cormorant island, I spotted a Little Egret up in one of the trees,

and then Julian spotted a distant Goosander.

A quick look at the feeders, and then Julian was off home.

I stayed a little while longer, and shortly after he left, a Buzzard circled overhead,

 followed eventually by a couple of Crows.

And in the bushes, by the footbridge, two pairs of Bullfinches.

(just the one pair here)

A good 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)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
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)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
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)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
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  46


  1. A nice sunny morning Keith and as usual Caldecotte provides a wealth of species and puts on a grand show for you and your companion's delight...[;o)

  2. A nice collection Keith with a Buzzard as a bonus.

  3. Cheers Trevor. Yea, another top morning, despite the boats doing their best at upsetting everything lol

    Thanks Roy. Yea, great to see the Buzzard. The Crows didn't think so though lol

  4. Lovely photos and video agaIn Keith, sound and picture ;-) You had some nice sunshine there and you're becoming quite a local celebrity! Now there's a money making idea... 'Keith's guided wildlife walks' :-)

    Love the Robin photo! Poor gull, man has so much to answer for.

  5. Thanks Jan. Yea, I've had a few people round the lake ask me if I'm the man who does the blog lol

    It's sad to see the birds that are affected by mans carelessness. That gull has been around for a few weeks now.

  6. A great blog, and a beautiful birds, lots of them. In your video, you put the Great Crested Grebes, it always show themselves in such a romantic scene.

  7. it has to be more fun with a friend along....I hate to see the Gull with the leg it hurts my heart...
    Your shots are awesome today and the video was very enjoyable..Love the little fat robin grabbin up seed and the buzzard, a hawk to me, Awesome!!!

  8. Thank you Bob. the grebes are getting very romantic at the moment.

    Thanks Sondra. Yea, an enjoyable morning. The Robin was such a bold little thing, just a couple of feet away from us.

  9. I love walking alone myself Keith but do take pleasure taking friends out now and again to show them whats right on their doorstep
    I have a really good mate I have known all my life.. he's an alcholic and I mean an alcholic.. he's been out with me to my patch.. less than two miles from his home.. he loves it.
    Here's hoping it will give him a purpose.

  10. HI Keith..Ouch poor Gull ..darn I hate seeing things like that!!
    That Kingfisher is such a nice color you can't miss him ..he sticks out like a sore thumb lol! Nice photos of the Bullfinches..that is the first female I think I have seen on posts!!
    Nice stills, and video..especially the close up on the sweet little Robin...awwwww so cute!!

  11. Couldn't agree more Andrew. It's good to share knowledge, when we have some. :-)

    Thanks Grace. Yea, I'm seeing too many injuries like this recently.
    The female Bullfinch is just as lovely as the male, I think; but in a subtle way. :-)

  12. Love the aerial photo of the Buzzard.