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, 13 April 2012

Fog, and some loving.

An early start at the lake this morning, but unfortunately it was thick fog.
Very thick.

After topping up the feeders, and filming some of the singing stars, I made my way round the north lake. In some places the fog seemed thicker than others; the thickest was in the middle of the lake.
Some of the reed areas were beautifully lit by the sun, as it started to burn through the fog.

No sign of the Kingfishers this morning, but a few Mallards were perched in some unusual places.

 The roof of a house........

 ....and someone's garden fence.

At the top end of the lake, by the dam, the sun had slowly begun to work its magic,

gradually burning through the fog.

As I made my way round to the pub, a text came through.
Trevor was in the car park.

I hurried on to the car park, and after a quick coffee, we made our way round the north lake again; this time in sunshine. The fog had cleared.

First bird we spotted was a Common Tern on one of the buoys; then about a dozen Sand Martins, and a couple of House Martins.
Great to see these birds again, after their long journeys from their wintering places.

Almost up at the dam, and we spotted a pair of Great Crested Grebes performing the 'head waggle'.

After a quick performance, one submerged. The weed dance?

Up he came, with a bill full of weed, and soon the second bird was racing towards him, with a bill full of weed too.
Managed to catch it on video.

Further on round the lake, we saw a Swallow, and as we eventually neared the pub, a pair of Canada Geese were involved in some 'head dipping', the way Mute Swans do prior to some loving.
Video camera at the ready, and another loving moment captured.

The south lake held the usual regulars, along with some firemen testing some of their equipment down by the rowing club.

Finally as we neared Cormorant island, the pair of Oystercatchers flew by, and landed on the island.

Another great morning.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Sand Martin [sp] (Riparia riparia)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
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)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
Willow Warbler [sp] (Phylloscopus trochilus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
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. I really enjoyed our walk around the lake this morning Keith.

    You managed to capture some great images (once the fog cleared!!)

    And a video that's just full of lovin!

  2. I love the way they dance around when they in LOVE, great images.

  3. A Great video of the weed dance Keith and you caught the Canadas at it as well.
    I think you need radar on a morning like that.{:)

  4. a lovely post Keith... I saw my first swallow on my journey home from work tonight... I was scraping ice off the windscreen this morning.

  5. Thanks Trevor. Yea, a good morning once that fog lifted.

    Thank you Bob. They're a great sight to see.

    Cheers Roy. Yea, that fog certainly was thick first thing.

    Thank you Andrew. A cold start here too. :-)

  6. You missed a title opportunity there Keith....'Love in the mist' (the flower) :-)

    Great video again, Spring is a beautiful time, even in the fog!

    Ducks on a roof look odd :-)

  7. Thanks to you I rediscovered the pleasure of the first light of day.
    Only the singing of birds, while I walk the hill.
    And the murmur of the wind.
    Happy to be back to read the experiences of the lake.
    thanks Keith...

  8. lots of love in the air along with that fog eh? I always enjoy seeing that reed dance, I wish I understood the psychology behind it...baffles me.
    A gorgeous video with all the singers even the blackbird sounded like a crooner this morning!!

  9. Jan, that would have been a great title :-)
    Thanks, I'll keep that one lol

    Thank you Niki. Early morning is certainly best time of day. Glad you enjoyed it. :-)

    Thanks Sondra. Those Grebes certainly put a lot of effort into their relationship.
    The morning songs are getting better every morning. Lovely time of year.