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

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Misty again

I decided to walk all the lake this morning; even though I couldn't see very much through the mist.

Quite a few Mute Swans flying around this morning; disturbed by the boats, and an adult that was tormenting them.

Up at the dam, a group of Black-headed Gulls, and a couple of Pied Wagtails.
Two Grey Wagtails flew up by the weir, and a group of Canada Geese were pretty vocal prior to take off.

Walking round by the pub, a group of Mallards began to follow me. Amongst them were the regular pair, and luckily for all of them, I had some seed with me.

On round the south lake, but very little to see, apart from mist, and two fishermen fishing where they shouldn't. They soon moved on once I pointed out the error of their ways.

Round by the town houses a couple of people began feeding the ducks and geese. This brought out a few from all over the place.

By the time I'd got back to the car park, the mist had begun to lift.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
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)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
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 Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  26


  1. A bit of a job to find your way round in the fog this morning Keith? Those Mallard had no trouble though, they spotted you no problem!...[;o)

  2. Those Mallard are amazing Trevor. They spot me a mile away lol

  3. I loved your video, those fishermen, they are little buggers.

  4. IT was a warm breezy day here, beautiful with a blue sky...fall is one of the times of yr when we can depend on fantastic weather.
    YOU're they're daddy they love you, the mallards of course!!

  5. Thanks Bob. Yea, they do try it on at times lol

    Thanks Sondra. I find myself looking for the Mallards now. It's a race to see who spots who first lol

  6. The mallard have taken over where the three crows left off.
    Vile foggy weather at the moment.

  7. They certainly have Adrian.

    Been very foggy here today as well.

  8. Those Mallards are such a cheery sight. They say Crows never forget but it's obvious Mallards don't either :-) I had a feeling you would make sure you carried some seed round for them this time. Do the Crows still come for their apples?

  9. Thanks Jan. Yea, the Crows are usually around, but I don't always have an apple these days. I must start buying more lol