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

Friday, 23 March 2012

More Fog, and some vocal geese.

But still managed to see some great birds.

The feeders; or one of them, is taking a real hammering from the squirrel. He seems to be sucking the seed out, almost as fast as I can fill them up.

While I was there, I spotted a Treecreeper, working his way up a couple of trees.

Passing under the road bridge, the fog was so thick, it was impossible to see the pub over on the other side.

I did manage to see one Kingfisher though; and a group of very noisy Canada Geese.
I think there was some argument going on, as to who is going to nest on the island.

Through the fog, I managed to pick out the pair of Oystercatchers; and further along, a small group of Wigeon.
At the top end of the lake, were five Goosander; four males, and a female.

Very little else could be seen until I was at the south lake.
My usual Robin, along with a couple of Chiffchaff calling, but impossible to see in the fog.
There was a Long-tailed Tit though, with a large feather in his beak, flying from tree to tree. My guess is he's building a nest, so I stepped back, and waited. Once I was a comfortable distance away, he made his way to where I think the nest is.

Back at the car park, I rearranged a couple of the feeders, in the hope that it might deter the squirrel; and then I finally caught sight of the elusive Chiffchaff, singing high up in a tree.

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)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
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)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
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)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris britannica)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  38


  1. The geese are vocal indeed! I love the sounds they make. Beautiful video and birds. Thank you for sharing, and greetings from Montreal, Canada.

  2. Wonderful to see Keith... it's been a lovely warm day up here today.. and the forecast for the weekend is more of the same..

  3. Lovely to see the Tree Creeper in action. I keep looking hard every time we go past the old trees in the churchyard hoping to spot one.
    Plenty of comment from the geese during the altercation. Just like the House Sparrows here - all of a sudden they all pick on one bird.

  4. Thank you Wren, and thanks for your visit. :-)
    I love watching a group of noisy geese too.

    Thanks Andrew. After the fog cleared it was like a summers day here. :-)

    Thanks John. There's a lot of vocal geese round this lake at the moment.
    The sparrows move so quick when they have their little arguments. lol

    Thanks Bob. A pity the light wasn't better though.

  5. HI Keith...Good grief that is some thick fog!!
    Like the Tree Creeper in still and video, so comical to watch them!! I can't get a shot of one he moves to fast, and when I do he blends in with the bark, and you can't see him

  6. Thanks Grace. Woke up to more thick fog this morning.
    Those Treecreepers are certainly move quickly.