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

Friday, 26 October 2012

A late one

I almost didn't bother with a post today; but felt it was worth it; maybe.

A pretty dull morning, but after filling the feeders, I walked the north lake.

First up were the Mallards. Great to see them fly across the lake, in anticipation of some food. How could I let them down?

As I carried on round the lake, I heard the sound of a Kingfisher. I guessed where he might be; and I was in luck. Sat in a tree by the edge of the lake, with a fish for breakfast.

Autumn is really kicking in now, with leaves turning gold; and dropping.

 Our clocks go back this weekend; that'll really bring the seasons home.

Further round the north lake, I found three pairs of Wigeon at the top end, along with a group of Cormorants drying their wings after a fishing trip.

Around by the pub, a Green Woodpecker was just being ........ a Green Woodpecker; looking for ants, and possible threats.

I was soon back by the car park; things to do this morning, but not before seeing a fine looking Blackcap,

 a couple of Redwings, and a large flock of Fieldfare flying overhead, heading north.

A good morning.

Full list of today's sightings

 Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
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)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  27


  1. Brilliant autumn scenery Keith, love it.

  2. A lovely shot of the trees Keith and an enjoyable video again, those Mallards are sooo in love with you ;-) Lovely to see the Green Woodpecker too.

    Hope you had a good time at Rutland Water yesterday, I suspect it was pretty murky though.

  3. Grand opening still.
    It is freezing here and nasty sleet showers.
    Should be good all round tomorrow.

  4. I will look out for those Redwing and Fieldfare Keith.

  5. You saw some fantastic birds Keith...

  6. The leaves seem to have fallen very fast this Autumn. Most here have dropped over the past couple of days. At the moment we have large flakes of wet snow falling. Time we learned how to hibernate me thinks.

  7. Your ducks RUN to you like cute! Have a great weekend...We move our clocks Next weekend, I wish the clock moving would be over ruled! ITs so annoying, although I will enjoy the extra hr of sleep, but it will be dark by the time I get home from work~

  8. Thanks Bob. A colourful time of year.

    Thanks Jan. A bit cloudy at Rutland; but a good day nonetheless.

    Just cold here Adrian. I suspect our snow will arrive soon though.

    Quite a few around at the moment Roy. I hope the Waxwings turn up soon.

    Always have a good visit here Andrew, it never disappoints.

    John, the leaves have fallen very quick here too. Keep warm.

    Thanks Sondra. The ducks are amazing.
    Our clocks go back tonight. I wish they'd stop this nonsense too.