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

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Rapterous welcome

Made up word; but first proper visit since getting back from Wales, and the first bird seen this morning was a Buzzard being escorted from the lake by a Black-headed Gull.
A little while later a Sparrowhawk glided across the north lake. A good start, and the sun even shone too.

As I made my way under the road bridge, after topping up the feeders, a Grey Heron flew in and stood at the edge. He didn't stay too long though; as I carried on along the path he soon flew across the lake, towards the boat jetty.
Quite a few Herons about this morning.

Along the path a lot of the trees have begun to drop their leaves, and some of the shrubs are bursting with berries. A sign that winter isn't too far away.
A large patch of brown mushrooms were growing in the grass too.

Up towards the top end of the lake, and wisps of mist still clung to the surface of the water. And in the mist, a boat. Yea, it's Saturday.

On the wall of the dam were two Pied Wagtails, and too quick for the camera, were a pair of Grey Wagtails flying past.

On the arm that goes at the back of the pub, a pair of Wigeon.

I expect they'll soon be joined by a lot more.

Even though the sun was shining, there was still a chill in the air as I made my way towards the south lake.

A Jay flew overhead, a couple of Jackdaws, noisily calling as they passed, and some Reed Buntings in the bushes at the edge of the lake. A few more boats were cutting through the stubborn mist on the water, and as I reached the bottom end of the lake, a Mute Swan was busily feeding, oblivious to all that was going on.

As I finally neared the rowing club, a couple of Mute Swans flew in.
I watched them as they began to slow down, and drop towards the water, only to seemingly change their minds at the last minute, and decide to carry on.

The four cygnets from Cormorant island have really grown now, and are no longer reliant on the adults for food or company.

Back at the car park, a couple of Wrens were chattering away, and moving between the long grass.

A good welcome back to the lake.

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)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
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 Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  33


  1. The swans were giving you a flypast salute.
    Have you seen your concrete cows. They look great in todays paper?
    The solar panels are for generating green electricity. I know such things.

  2. Sometimes there's no place like home Keith...

  3. It must have been a long time since you were gone away, nice feelings, being loved so much by all the birds there.

  4. I think winter is arriving early this year Keith.
    Great shot of the Mute.

  5. Good to have you back at the lake Keith, I've missed the Herons...and you of course :-) Lovely to see the swans, they look so graceful in flight. I'm really intrigued by those panels, they do look like solar panels. Could it be anything to do with the boating, I can't think what. Could they be some sort of solar illuminated signs? Way off beam I'm sure but hope you find out, don't forget to tell us if you do :-)

  6. ♪彡♪♫°¸.•♫°`
    Passei para uma visitinha.
    Suas fotografias são deslumbrantes.
    Bom fim de semana!

  7. Hi Keith..So nice to hear that voice again, and you sound quite chipper..did you have a little
    nipper ; } to ward of the chill LOL!!
    I do like the Brown Mushroom...and the contraption in the lake..(teasing)
    Enjoyed the video and the seeing the lake again..the Swan with the fog lifting is lovely!

  8. Great to have you back at the lake Keith...I know these birds miss you when you're not there. :o)

  9. Thanks Adrian. Yea, I did see the cows; a vast improvement I think.
    Had a feeling about those solar panels. Not sure who the electric is for though. I can't see it generating very much.

    True Andrew; but I do miss Wales ;-)

    Thanks Bob. Yea, a few weeks. Time goes so quick.

    Thanks Roy. Soon be waking up to frosty mornings I think.

    Thanks Jan. It was good to walk back round the lake again. I noticed a lot of fallen leaves compared to where I was staying.
    Maybe the solar panels are for the rowing club. I'll have to investigate more.

    Magia, thank you for stopping by. Greetings to you.

    Grace, thanks. Hmmmm, maybe a little hip flask of something would be a good idea. lol

    Thank you Sondra. I think some of them do. Half a dozen of the Mallards I feed flew straight over when I got by the pub. lol

  10. Mornings are definitely getting a tad on the chilly side. Two frosty mornings here so far this month.
    It always surprises me how big the Heron's wings are when they take off.

  11. Nice to see a return off 'The Videos from the Lake' Keith.

    Great tracking shots of the Swans, I'm still trying to master that!!

    As for the solar panel best guess is that some kind of water quality monitoring is going on...[;o)

    (Dawn will know!)

  12. Thanks John. Had a frost here this morning. Winter's coming.

    Cheers Trevor. I think you're right. Someone told me this morning it was something to do with the algae.
    I'll e-mail Dawn. lol