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

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Winter Thrushes everywhere

A cold start to the day, a very light drizzle at times; but it didn't stop the birds.

The squirrel had made a mess of one of the peanut feeders. He'd managed to get it off the branch, get round the rod that holds the tin can lid on, and get all the nuts out. Soon had it back up on the branch though, and filled, for the birds.

As I walked away from them, after filling them all, a quick glance revealed a Great-spotted Woodpecker enjoying breakfast.

Around the footbridge, and car park area, a lot of activity. I was in danger of not getting very far round the lake; so much was going on.

A Blackbird was defending the berries on his bush, much to the annoyance of a couple of Redwing. They in turn were harassing a couple of Fieldfare that were trying to get some too. In the end, the Blackbird gave up, and the Redwings succeeded in seeing off the hapless Fieldfare. A big flock of Fieldfare flew overhead, going east to west; something that was going to happen frequently throughout the morning.
Along with all this activity, a lone Goldcrest was quickly moving through the branches, searching for insects.

Under the road bridge, a group of noisy Mallards were making their presence felt, a party of Cormorants were fishing, and further round a small group of Long Tailed Tits were noisily calling as they worked their way through the tree tops.

A big flock of Wood Pigeon flew overhead, followed by a good number of Lapwing.
More Fieldfare followed them. The skies were quite busy.

Up at the dam, a group of Black-headed Gulls lined up along the concrete, and further along, more Cormorants, and a couple of Grey Heron.

At the gully, Canada Geese were milling around, and over by the far shore, half a dozen Wigeon.

Walking past the pub, a couple of Mute Swans, and a group of Mallards flew over to see if I had food.
Of course.

Going round the south lake, much quieter; apart from a few boats now going up and down. More Fieldfare flew overhead, and even the sun tried to make an appearance, but decided against it in the end.

At the far end I had a quick look through the railway arch, into the fields.
Lots of Rooks, Crows, Wood Pigeon, and Starlings, all frantically searching the ground for any seed left behind after the combine had cut the crop.
Even a few Skylark were flying about, and a Buzzard sat minding his own business up in a tree, until a couple of Rooks decided to move him on.

Back at the lake, up on the power lines that run alongside the railway, a Kestrel sat hunched up.

He sat still for some time, despite me wandering around below taking pictures.

A quick look round the bird hide revealed a couple of Mute Swans swimming with the Mallards and Coots, and as I made my way back towards the path, a Blackcap in the bushes, with a Robin.

Back along the footpath, past the rowing club, lots of gulls were gathering in the distance. A few people had stopped to feed the ducks, and the gulls were quickly there, searching and stealing what they could.

More winter thrushes flew overhead, and I soon found myself back at the car park.
One last quick look, and there were at least half a dozen Blackbirds, eight Collared Doves, and four Wood Pigeon all milling around the footbridge.

An excellent morning.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
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 Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Common Kestrel [sp] (Falco tinnunculus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Sky Lark [sp] (Alauda arvensis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Goldcrest [sp] (Regulus regulus)
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)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  40


  1. An excellent morning....The kestrel is a great sight. A wonderful bird.
    That squirrel wants it's nuts sorting.
    Awful weather here this morning but it did bring in a female GSWoodpecker to the fat balls.

  2. Squirrel 1 Hairy 0..he.he!

    Lots to see this morning Keith, looks like the cold weather is pushing everything Southwards?

    Great shot of the Kestrel...[;o)

  3. Thanks Adrian. It was a lovely mornings visit. Always produces something interesting.

    Trevor, I was amazed at how many flocks of birds were up in the air today. Must be seeing Brambling and Waxwing soon.

  4. Great Kestrel you got Keith, and what about the thrushes, we could do with many before the squirrels will scoff those berries.

  5. Yea, I hope the birds get them Bob.

  6. It was sunny yet cool here today we had some fallout with wind gusts yesterday from Sandy, hurricane/tropical storm that is curling its way up the eastern seaboard...
    Awesome shot of the kestrel...I have never gotten one to sit for me to get a shot of it..

  7. Thanks Sondra. That storm sounds terrible. I hope everyone manages to keep safe.
    The Kestrel seemed very sleepy, and wasn't bothered too much by me being there.

  8. Love the Kestrel shot Keith.

    Nice to see some Fieldfare have made it. I have been reading / hearing recently that fishermen off the Yorkshire coast have seen hundreds and hundreds drop exhausted into the sea. The birds left mainland Europe in sunny weather but met atrocious weather over the North Sea.

  9. Thanks John.
    I read that too about all the birds that perished in the sea. A terrible thing. They have enough trouble as it is.

  10. A nice shot of the Kestrel Keith... they always disappear at the sight of my camera.

  11. They usually do with me too Andrew. This one didn't seem bothered though.

  12. An enjoyable video again with lots going on Keith. There was certainly a lot of gull activity. A nice close shot of the Kestrel.

    Very sad news concerning the Fieldfares you and John mentioned, which I hadn't heard. All that effort only to perish near the end of their journey :-(

  13. Those Goldcrest just will not stay in one place for more than a nano second Keith. You have certainly got a lot of activity down there. I walked around 600 acres of lakes, river, woodland and open ground today and observed hardly anything.

  14. Thanks Jan. Very sad about those Fieldfares. Quite a few drowned I believe, along with other birds coming over.

    Roy, there is always something to see here, no matter how quick a visit. The area by the car park can be very busy early in the morning.