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

Thursday, 15 March 2012

A foggy morning

A thick fog covered the lake this morning. Would I see anything?

The Mallards saw me, as I made my way under the road bridge; and they had friends.
A small group of Canada Geese soon realised I had food.

Up towards the island, and to look for the Kingfishers, but no luck. I couldn't see the island through the fog; but I did hear a Kingfisher.

A group of Wigeon were grazing on the grass, as I made my way towards the dam.
Yesterday a report of a Rock Pipit, but in the fog, no sign of anything. He must have moved on.
On the river, a pair of Goosander were just visible, and as I passed the weir, a fleeting glimpse of a Kingfisher.

By the pub, the daffodils shone through the fog,

 and the Lesser Black-backed Gull was wandering around the grass.

Under the road bridge, to make my way round the south lake, and no sign of the Crows. Out on the water though, an adult Mute Swan was doing his best to harass a few young cygnets.

 Time for them to move on maybe.

At the far end, more devastation of the shrubs, by the chainsaw brigade.

The hide had my little Robin waiting for some food, and a Wren was doing his best to hide amongst what shrubs are left.

Past the rowing club, and towards the houses, and the sun was beginning to burn through the fog.

Over on Cormorant island, a group of Goosander were taking a break; in the trees, a Little Egret, and behind me...........Trevor.

We stopped, and had a chat, and the sun made great progress burning off the fog.
We decided to do the north lake, and maybe see the wayward Pipit into the bargain.

A quick look at the feeders, and then we headed off round the north lake.

At Kingfisher island, it was now bathed in sunshine; and two Kingfishers were clearly visible.

It would be great if they manage to successfully raise some young.

They begin egg laying, March to April, ranging from 4 to 10. The incubation lasts 19-21 days by both sexes, normally beginning when the last egg has been laid.

This will be interesting to watch.

We arrived at the dam, and the area of the reported sighting of the 'Pipit'; but no sign of it. 
Not to worry.

Up past the pub, a few geese were picking at the grass, and amongst the Greylags, a smaller one. 
A Pink-footed Goose.

 Now according to the grown up birders of Bucks, this is a 'plastic' goose; an escapee.
However, no-one can actually tell me where it escaped from.

(there's a lot of assumption, and probables in the bird world)

So, another 'tick' for the year. And a handsome looking bird too.

We crossed the road bridge, after admiring some Colt's-foot growing under the bridge,

and then we made our way back to the car park.

By now the sun was in all its glory; just like a summers day.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus)
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 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)
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 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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  42


  1. Hi Keith...Had a look at yeaterdays video and todays ..nice to have you back ,but looks like things fall apart while your!! The Daffodils are just lovely so bright and cheery unlike the butcher job of the tree trimming!!

  2. Really nice to see all these wonderful birds on your blog. Love the Pink Footed Goose. Will have to go to the park more this year to visit with our local birds. The birds that visit my feeders are mostly Sparrows.

  3. A lovely post Keith, aww what a great reunion with the Mallards :-) and the Robin of course, they'd all missed you!

    Well, you were lucky, no sun at all here, dull all day.

    Lovely photos too especially the swans. Good to see the Coltsfoot, none here yet that I've seen.

    I've never liked that 'plastic' term (I know it's not your own) some of these 'grown up' birders have some sniffy attitudes I think ;-)

  4. There was a letter from the Parks Trust in last week's local rag. Caldecotte Lake was mentioned if I remember correctly, so some comments must've been on target.

  5. Thanks Grace. The Daffodils are like rays of sunshine. Good to see them.

    Thanks Horst. It was a nice surprise to see the Pink Footed Goose.

    Thanks Jan. Yea, I agree about some of these grown up birders. They take themselves far too seriously.

    Graeme, I saw that letter. It was a response to mine the previous week.
    I just had to reply to Mr. Rob Riekie this week. I doubt it will be published though. :-)

  6. A bit misty this morning on my commute not what I would call fog.
    Wonderful images Keith and I am so jealous that you are making Kingfishers sound like a common bird to see.

  7. I really hope you get some kingfisher young darting back n cool. Awesome Pink Footed Goose and the flowers are awesome too!! Thanks for the tip about the video program...I found that You tube will actually paste up bits of video, and that will work for me!!

  8. Super shots Keith, it turned out to be a good day, once the fog had cleared!!
    I enjoyed the walk!...[;o)

  9. 'Twas thick fog here also but the Sun never made an appearance so it stayed misty, cold and miserable all day.
    Such a shame that the area is being sanitised. Wouldn't be so bad if they did a section each year to give wildlife a chance.

  10. Yes I know what you mean about these "Alleged" escapees Keith and what the "grown ups" say.
    It could just be that the occasional species that is supposed to do "this, that or the other" has like the odd human said, "Sod it" I like it here and I'm just not going to bother to fly back and I am staying here and they can all go off back to where they want.

  11. Thanks Andrew. Yea, these Kingfishers are becoming a regular sight at the moment. It's great to see them.

    Thanks Sondra. Glad you got your video sorted. :-)

    Yea, it was good to meet up again Trevor. :-)

    Thanks John. I'm hoping they've finished with the tree and shrub cutting for now.

    Roy, couldn't agree more. We have overwintering Chiffchaff these days, Blackcaps that stay; or birds coming here from Germany, apparently........I think we have to do a rethink about some birds behaviour, and accept that as a race, we don't 'know it all'. :-)