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

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Cold, Frosty, Misty, and a Little Egret

Had to scrape the ice from the windscreen this morning; it was cold.

I noticed quite a few Blackbirds around this morning. Some from the continent, or all juveniles? None had the yellow eye ring or yellow bill, so maybe foreigners. Also four Song Thrush, in a small area. Unusual to see that number so close  together.

With all the Jays reported around the country searching for acorns, I'm wondering if this winter we'll have another invasion of Waxwings.

A lot of Herons around too, and lots of chasing each other.

The mist on the water certainly makes for interesting pictures.

A big group of Cormorants were fishing together around the north lake. That'll upset the fishermen.

At the top end of the north lake I eventually found the pair of Wigeon. They were keeping out of the way of all the Canada Geese, that had massed together. Small noisy groups were gradually leaving the lake, and heading off to the fields for some grazing.

I think I may be nearer the purpose of the floating solar panels ......... something to do with the blue/green algae in the water. A zapper, or monitor.

On towards the south lake, and the mist seemed much thicker; but by the time I'd reached the far end, the sun had done its job, and cleared it all. A beautiful sunny morning.

 The fruits or flowers of the Spindle Trees looked lovely in the morning sunlight.

I was soon back at the car park, and over by Cormorant island, I noticed a Little Egret up in the trees, preening.

A quick look around the grassy area and bushes before I left, and a Robin treated me to its song; and a pose.

An enjoyable, but cold, morning.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
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)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
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)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
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)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  34


  1. Nice and colourful, you are one of best at video, superb.

  2. Thanks Bob. It was a cold one this morning.

  3. Cracking video Keith. And the lake was looking grand in the early morning (cold!) light, as were those four cygnets. And a nice serenade from the Robin to finish...[;o)

  4. Superb light for a walk. It's a grand time of the year.

  5. Thanks Trevor. Yea, a great time of the year, despite the cold.

    Thanks Adrian. It certainly is.

  6. Those Geese getting airborne, what a great sight Keith.

  7. Thanks Roy. They always make a great spectacle don't they.