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Saturday, 3 March 2012

A Kingfisher morning.

The fog has finally decided to leave; but a bit of rain instead.

The gang were waiting at the car park to be fed; and as fast as I put it down, the Mallards were eating the lot.

The chainsaw brigade have been round by the footbridge now. Unfortunately all the bushes that had at least half a dozen Bullfinches, have now been destroyed.
I doubt we'll be seeing Bullfinches at this spot now.
And when you think that in about 4 weeks time, the spring/summer visitors will be turning up, at this rate they'll have nowhere to nest. Birds that are already in decline; and now some of their nesting areas are hacked down. Madness!!

The Mallards found me as I made my way under the road bridge, and once I fed them, I could carry on. A lone male Goosander was out on the lake, and the sky looked ready to send a few showers.

Making my way towards the island, I got two glimpses of a Water Rail in the reeds.

Up by the island, I spent some time watching a Kingfisher flying from his perch, into the water, and back up again. From what I could see, it didn't look as though he was catching any fish, and eventually he just settled down to preen himself.

Another area has had a severe chainsaw haircut. An area once used by Cetti's Warbler. 
That'll be another bird moved on.

I carried on towards the top end of the lake.

A few Wigeon were flying around by now, put up into the air by the boats, and a male Goosander flew down towards the arm that goes round the back of the pub.
By the 'dam', a Grey Wagtail was bobbing along amongst the gravel,

 and a few Canada Geese were flying overhead.

Going towards the weir, I spotted a Little Egret, moving towards the edge of the river.

As I slowly made my way closer, for a better view, a couple of people were walking their dog, in the field opposite. Unfortunately this sent the egret up into the trees, further away.

I walked further on, crossed over the river by the weir, and hoped to get closer by going across the field. Again, as I got closer, he took of, and flew further down the river.
I followed.
Another dog walker, the other side of the river sent the egret once more skyward, and back towards the lake. He carried on, and disappeared from sight. 
I wasn't having much luck here.

I walked back, and sat by the edge of the lake watching some Canada Geese, and four Goosanders playing 'chase'.

Two Kingfishers suddenly sped past over the water, calling to each other as they went.

They flew around for a while, and then both headed off down the river.
Great to just sit there watching all this excitement.

Eventually I started to make my way up past the pub, and on to the south lake.

The Crows nest up by the windmill of the pub, is rapidly taking shape. 
A pile of twigs. 
He spent a bit of time arranging them, and then flew off.

A pair of Pied Wagtails were on the grass, and the Lesser Black-backed Gull was searching for worms too. By now, it looked as though the sun would begin to shine.

Passing under the road bridge, the sun soon disappeared, and it started to rain.
How quickly the weather can change.
Thankfully the rain didn't amount to very much.

The Crows were soon flying in for breakfast, and out on the lake. a group of Black-headed Gulls and Common Gulls, were bobbing up and down.

The top end had a couple of Little Grebes, and the little Robin was soon on the scene for his breakfast.

 A shot from a couple of days ago.

Walking back towards the car park, and past the rowing club, a few Coots fighting, some Mallards, and Great Crested Grebes; and over on Cormorant island, no sign of the Oystercatchers.

At the car park I stopped to talk to a lady walking her dog, and she said she'd seen them earlier up by the pub.

Good to know they're still around, even though I didn't see them.

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)
Water Rail [sp] (Rallus aquaticus)
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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
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)
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  38


  1. Kingfishers are great little birds to see..thanks for sharing..

  2. Hi Keith..Nice you got a shot of the Kingfisher and I loved watching him fishing ..mighty quick he is!!
    The Wagtail is well named it's tail never stops ..cute little guy!Sorry that they cut all that brush..the birds love that stuff good place to hide and nest, but of course it is not about the birds now is it!!
    Your little Robin friend is getting used to you isn't he..sweet litle guy!!
    You have a great Sunday and hopefully no fog!!

  3. Brilliant Little Egret, that one stands out in my mind.

  4. Thanks Andrew. I'm fortunate there's a few round here.

    Thanks Grace. The little Robin is getting bolder every day. :-)

    Thank you Bob. Lovely birds to see aren't they :-)

  5. Super post and video Keith, such a wealth of birdlife to see around the lake, it's a shame that most of the people that use the lake don't even notice it.

    Great to see the Kingfishers and the Little Egret.

    As for the 'butchers' I guess they're just obeying the orders of some mindless morons that, if you asked them, would declare themselves to be conservationists!! I call it wanton madness especially at this time of year.....(no smiley face today, it didn't seem appropriate!)

  6. Super video of the KF fishing Keith and you got a nice song off the Reed Bunting. A good morning.

  7. Beautiful new "Bird-acquaintances' ...!

    Thank you for visiting my blog.
    Greetings, Eco
    Finland / Lapland / Kuusamo

  8. KINGFISHERS are such fantastic birds to watch, with the divebombing the water and their swift entry and exit..
    Love the little Bold Robin too he is super cute!!

  9. Nice reflexes to get the kingfisher flight.
    I never understood why they call grey wagtails grey: They are anything but grey (drab) and you picture captures the yellow nicely ...

  10. Trevor, you're so right about the birdlife here.
    Only had a quick wander round the north lake this morning; lousy weather.
    Did manage 33 different birds though, including Kingfisher and the pair of Oystercatchers. Not posted though; trying to catch up on things. lol

    Thanks Roy. There's quite a few singing Reed Buntings around here at the moment.
    Spring is in the air :-)

    Eko, thank you; and thanks for stopping by, and following. :-)

    Thanks Sondra. The little Robin is my new friend lol

    Thank you Marilyn. The Kingfisher shots were pure luck lol
    Yea, the Grey Wagtail is certainly not dull.

  11. You are so fortunate with your Kingfisher sightings Keith and nice to see the Little Egret too. That little Robin has become another of your regular friends, what lovely little birds they are!

    It's a pity that woman who was so concerned about your bird feeders (or someone else in authority) doesn't know enough about wildlife habitat to know that it is far too late to be pruning. That isn't pruning anyway it's wanton destruction! What on earth is the matter with these people, no wonder so many of our birds are in severe decline!

  12. Thanks Jan. I can pretty much guarantee where to find the Kingfishers these days. Great to watch them.
    Agree with the 'pruning' too. Much too early in the year; and they told me it would be done autumn/winter. They must think I'm daft.

  13. Nice flight shot of the Kingfisher and great to see the action shots of it fishing.