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

Monday, 20 August 2012

Monday 20th August 2012

Inspirational title.

Topped up the bird feeders, fed the Mallards down there, and then made my way round the lake.

Some food rubbish left in the car park, which the Magpies seemed to be enjoying; and a few dragonflies flying around too. I managed to get some video and pictures of a Southern Hawker when it settled.

 (Not the sharpest picture. A bit dull this morning, and 1/20, handheld.)

Plenty of Black-headed Gulls around, and good to see Gordon Gadwall again.

A shame some people just let their dogs run riot and chase the geese. I wonder what they'd do if their dog actually caught one, and killed it? Probably nothing.

On the south lake, no sign of Peter Pochard, but I did catch a glimpse of the Mute Swans with the single cygnet.

A couple of Herons fishing up by the rowing club, and half a dozen Pied Wagtails flying around.

Brief today; a visit to the heart doctor, and then off to see my sister.

And don't forget to put some water out for the birds.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
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)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
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)

Total species  28


  1. The grebes have been watching two many Westerns.
    That bloke with the dogs wants a good slap.
    Still if one looks a twat. Walks like a twat....then chances are one is a twat.

  2. PS> Good luck at the quakes.

  3. That's nice, the dragons are lapping it up. Brilliant.

  4. Weren't Peter and Gordon a pop group?

    Now that everything's getting a name what about those poor old Canada Geese, you can't leave them out, they all deserve a name surely?

    As for that moron of a dog walker...I'm still working on my ideas for a laser finger and once pointed it would just vaporise people like him!!

    Excellent video Keith, an interesting standoff with the G C Grebes. And great shots of the Southern Hawker...[;o)

  5. A good visit again Keith apart from the rubbish in the car park and the rubbish dog owner!

    A very nice helping of Heron :-)

    Hope the hospital appointment went well and that you enjoyed visiting your sister.

  6. Adrian, couldn't have put it better myself.

    Thank you Bob. Yea, it's great to see them flying around.

    Trevor, I think they were before my time lol
    The Canada Geese will get names eventually ..... I think. Good idea about the 'laser finger' ; I'd love one of those :-)

    Thank you Jan. Yea, small group of people spoil it for everyone.
    Great time at my sisters. Only she could have a cat called 'Donkey' lol

  7. I had to come back on that Keith. It's hilarious, fancy shouting Donkey down the garden, you've really put a smile on my face :-)

    Don't publish this if it would offend your sister.

  8. Jan, my sister wouldn't be offended in the least.
    As mad as a box of frogs, with a heart as big as a mountain; she is one of life's greatest.
    She feeds her local urban foxes on bread and butter, and eggs from the supermarket.
    Last night I was fascinated as they came for their supper.