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

Monday, 5 March 2012

A cold wind

But at least the sun shone.

The pair of Mallards met me under the road bridge, as usual, and once I'd fed them, I could carry on round the north lake.
No sign of the Kingfisher on the island this morning, but a Heron was sunning himself at the edge of the lake.

After all yesterdays heavy rain, the level of the lake has risen a bit, and up at the top end, the river looks set to burst its bank. Not many birds out on this part of the lake though.

Up past the pub, and it looks like the Crow has finished his nest building.

Quite a stack of sticks and twigs.

As I made my way towards the road bridge, Mrs Mallard flew over for more food.

 She's certainly persistent.

No sign of the Crows this morning until I had passed their usual meeting spot, and left the apple core. I guess they'll find it.

Out on the water, a Great Crested Grebe had successfully caught breakfast.

Not sure what sort of fish it was, but it took a few attempts to get it down.

Almost at the far end, and a pair of Mute Swans were giving some of the older cygnets a hard time.

Lots of relentless chasing.

I suppose it's their way of telling the 'kids' to get off out into the big world, and fend for themselves. They certainly don't want them here on the lake anymore.

Finally I reached the bird hide, and fed the waiting Robin.
I think I might have him feeding from my hand soon.

Back at the feeders, a quick look around, and a pair of Wood Pigeons were sitting in the trees, enjoying the spring sunshine.

A Blue Tit in the bushes,

and one last look at the front of the pub, revealed the pair of Oystercatchers, looking for breakfast.

An enjoyable morning.

One think I've noticed though; since the bushes were cut down opposite the footbridge, by the car park, I haven't seen any Bullfinches.

A short video this morning; I seemed to have taken more pictures.

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)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
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  37


I shall be off-line for a couple of days, so play nice till I get back.



  1. Super set of images Keith.

    Do you know if it's an 'apple core crow' that's building the nest? I'm just worried that you'll have to eat more apples if they breed
    Nice to see the Oystercatchers are still about.

    Have a good break...[;o)

  2. HI Keith...Very nice set of photos..
    The Mallard and the Swan are wonderfuland other good action shots too!!
    I remember last fall when the lakes where so low ..I guess there is no worry about that now is there!!
    Take care

  3. Cheers Trevor. No, the Crows on the pub are a different group. lol

    Thank you Grace. The water levels are quite high at the moment. We must have had more rain than I thought.

  4. Wonderful to see the Grebe struggling with his breakfast.. It's lovely to watch.. I sat in the office and watched a lovely day pass by through the window... I need a change.
    Have a good week....

  5. marvelous photos Keith!! I guess the Cygnets are considered adults now and have to find their own piece of water to live in...
    Glad to see the Oystercatchers..and that crow's nest is quite a mess, just Basic Nest building for them I reckon!!

  6. Bitter wind here also yesterday. At least you got some sunshine.

  7. Hello Keith.
    I missed the walk on the lake these days.
    pictures tell what they know well that you described with interesting details.
    It seems to be there.
    The igni, believe are the most impertinent of their family.
    And especially do not like human contact.
    Nice detail of the mill and the Crows Nest.
    The pigeons have a plumage very different in your area.
    After the rain the sun always comes back, and noted that the lake level has risen a lot.
    Beautiful shot of the road to follow the curve.
    Short movie, but the pictures have added much color to your story.
    Expect to see Robin eating from your hands.
    Good day ..

  8. Thanks for all the comments while I've been absent. I'll catch up eventually.

    Andrew, thank you. Hope you soon get to enjoy some lovely days. :-)

    Thanks Sondra. A quick visit this morning, but no sign of the Oystercatchers.

    Thanks John. Dull and cloudy today.

    Niki, thank you, glad you enjoyed it.
    I'll hopefully be back to a more normal post after todays.