Personal musings, wanderings and sightings from around the lake.
A little history, and about the lake, at the bottom of the page.


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

Saturday, 4 August 2012

A promising looking morning; some blue sky trying to break through, and a bit of sun. A light shower later.

Two Stock Doves were strolling around near the car park.

Always a pleasure to see these. And to those that say, 'just a pigeon'; well Confucius had one up on you.

The north lake had the usual; a few Swifts, Common Terns, and amongst them, a couple of Black Terns.

I stopped for a quick chat with someone walking their dogs, and we both mentioned that we hadn't seen the Oystercatcher for some time.
Five minutes after leaving him, I heard one calling from the direction of the pub.
Still around then.

Up at the dam, quite a few Black-headed Gulls, and further along, the Mute Swans were still sticking together.
There's more geese flying around now, so I guess for most of them the moult is over.

A Grey Heron was up at the top end,

and two Mute Swans were swimming up and down the channel of water.

On the boat, the fisherman's friend's were drying their wings.

As I made my way down the south lake, one of the Oystercatchers flew overhead, making his 'piping' call.
Over the water the Common Terns kept me amused, as they dived for small fish.

At the far end, the pair of Mute swans were with their lone cygnet, and the Pochard was keeping his head down as the rain started falling.

Up by the rowing club, they were indulging in their own version of the Olympics, but the birds didn't seem bothered; me neither.

The rain shower had stopped, and over on Cormorant island, was a Little Egret.

Another good 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)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
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)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Black Tern [sp] (Chlidonias niger)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Stock Pigeon [sp] (Columba oenas)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
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)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
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 Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  38


  1. As you say Keith, another good morning down at the lake.
    The Stock Doves made a pleasant change and the Cygnets seem to be doing just fine.

    And it seems that the 'mad axe man' is on the loose again!! looks bad but I guess they know what they're doing!!

    Now, I'm a bit disappointed that we didn't get a full commentary on the 'canoe' race![;o)

  2. Yea, the chainsaw brigade have been out again Trevor. Must have the place looking 'pretty'.
    I did think about a commentary for the race, but I just couldn't muster the enthusiasm. lol

  3. A good morning down on the lake, you caught the Stock Doves, nice one.

  4. Thanks Bob. It was good to see them this morning.

  5. Glad you had a good walk today the weather looked pretty good! Nice you heard the O.C's I do enjoy seeing them in your posts!!
    Hope you have a great weekend!!

  6. Thanks Sondra.
    Yea, this place never disappoints me. Always something of interest.