Personal musings, wanderings and sightings from around the lake.
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Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Just the north

Lots to do today, so just a quick visit to the north lake.

After topping up the feeders, I had a quick look over on Cormorant island.
Still a bit dark, but I did manage to see a few bats flying overhead, and off in the distance, on the south lake, quite a gathering of gulls.

Back under the road bridge, a Heron stood by the edge of the lake, getting ready to fly off before I got too close.
A Kingfisher flashed by, and settled on the far side in some bushes. Good to know they're still around.

Eventually reaching the top end, by the gully, and a couple of swans were swimming up and down. I'm pretty sure they'll be able to get out though, now they've finished moulting.

Past the pub, and a couple of Pied Wagtails on the grass, and a group of Canada Geese.

Too quick a visit really.

Full list of today's sightings.

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
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 Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
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)

Total species  23


  1. Hope the car is okay.
    At least it looked fine. heavy hail and thunder here last night.

  2. Cheers Adrian. Car booked in for tomorrow morning now. Get it serviced before winter kicks in.
    Heavy rain here last night. Fed up with it all now.

  3. Hi Keith, I've just had a double helping of lake visits having somehow missed Sunday's post. Interesting about the solar panels, I just googled it and it seems to be quite a common way of removing algae, I'd never heard of it before.

    Anyway, I enjoyed both videos, my favourite on the first was that lovely little Robin singing its heart out against the blue sky. Of course the good views of the Heron had to be the highlight of the second for me :-)

    Hope all goes well with the car service!

  4. Thanks Jan. The panels seem to have worked on the algae. First time I've come across too.

  5. It must have been early morning, when you got up. Time you had a lie in, lol. That Heron doesn't move much, woops, my mistake.

  6. Thanks Bob. I have this built in clock that wakes me when it's still dark. lol