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

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Back with a quick visit

A very brief visit of just the north lake; lots of things to do, and catch up on.

Thank you to Julian, for keeping an eye on the feeders, and topping them up, in my absence.

My usual Mallards must have deserted me; no sign of them this morning under the road bridge.

It appears that the Kingfishers are nesting at the spot I thought they would, so that's good news.
On a bad news front, the litter louts have been out, leaving an awful mess after a BBQ. One can only hope the food wasn't cooked properly, and a touch of Salmonella would be appropriate.

At the top end, another Kingfisher, but very few birds out on the water. Good to see a pair of Goosander still around though.

Near the pub, a mass of daffodils are now out in bloom; another Kingfisher speeding over the lake, towards the road bridge,  and the Lesser Black-backed Gull searching for worms on the grass.

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)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
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)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  33


  1. Welcome home Keith.
    A bit quiet, bird wise, around the lake this morning? Good news about the Kingfishers, let's hope they're successful!
    And the daffodils are looking good now (better than the ones in my garden!!).

    As for those selfish litter louts, you're spot on, a large dose of salmonella would do just fine!!...[;o)

  2. How nice that the feeders were looked after for you in your absence. Such a shame the litter louts have struck again though, what morons they are. Salmonella would be too good for them!

    Those Daffodils already look lovely but are going to be a real picture.

  3. It's a pleasure to have you back. Bad news is the litter louts. I agree with you.

  4. Thanks Trevor. Yea, it was a rushed visit this morning; had to get back for a parcel delivery.
    It seems a bit of sun brings out the litter brigade unfortunately.

    Jan, thanks. The daffs are looking great; a real dose of sunshine. :-)

    Thank you Bob. Yea, a shame about the litter brigade.

  5. Don't get me started over the litter.. Glad to have you back posting...the fresh air in Wales is appealing though.

  6. Thanks Andrew. Yea, it's a great place to go. I love it.

  7. Litter is such a huge eyesore and a modern day problem...makes one want to turn back the clock eh? WHAT??? they used frozen burgers..gross!! Well I dont eat meat but I would want fresh I do believe...yes a little stomach ache would serve them right.
    The Daffodills look really nice..and the goosanders too...they can really glide over that water.

  8. Sondra, it is a real shame some people feel the need to make a mess of this planet. I hope they get what they deserve.