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

Thursday, 2 August 2012

North Lake

A very quick visit this morning; had to be back for 8 a.m.

Down by the feeders, the Mallard was hungrily waiting for some food, along with her now rapidly growing ducklings. It's been a few days since my last visit, and most of the feeders were empty. These birds can certainly eat.

Under the road bridge, and I noticed a lack of Mute Swans. On my last visit I counted at least 30, but this morning, only the pair with the five grown up cygnets. Strange.

Not so many Black-headed Gulls this morning either, and no Swifts in the air, that I could see.

Further round the footpath, and I found quite a big group of Canada Geese, busily engaged in some feeding.

Up at the top end, and the Mute Swan mystery was solved. They were all up there.
A quick count gave 35, with a couple more further along.

Back at the car park, a Robin posed briefly for a picture,

my first with the replacement lens, and then it was time to get off home.

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)
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)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
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)

Total species  27


  1. Lovely video, so early in the morning.

  2. Thanks Bob.
    Yea, I like early. Best part of the day. :-)

  3. A nice visit again and always a p,erasure to see the Heron.

    Lovely result from the replacement lens!

    Hope you have better luck with the parcel than I did recently. I stayed in all day, when it hadn't come by 4pm I was assured it would by 5 then 6 then 7 then 8!!! It turned up at 10am next day but only after more heated phone calls and after initially being told the time would depend on how the driver planned his can imagine my response to that...

  4. A lot of hungry mouths to feed this morning Keith!!

    The Swans obviously found a good feeding spot as well!

    And the new lens looks to be working well already...[;o)

  5. Good evening Keith, glad you got your new lens busy already..
    Also Glad you found the swans!!

  6. Thanks Jan.
    You didn't have much luck with the parcel. I hate that when it happens.

    Thanks Trevor. Yea, the lens is working well :-)

    Thanks Lisa. Glad you enjoyed it.

    Thanks Sondra. Yea, those swans had me worried for a while.