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

Thursday, 1 November 2012

1st November 2012

First post for a while, even though I've been round the lake a couple of times since my last post.

The morning started with drizzly rain and dull cloud. Thankfully the rain soon stopped once I'd topped up the feeders.
Quite a few Redwings about in the bushes by the car park, along with a few Blackbirds and a couple of Song Thrushes.

I just did the north lake, and I was soon met by a group of Mallards under the road bridge. In the trees a group of Long Tailed Tits were making their way searching for insects, and up by the footbridge towards the bandstand, a Kingfisher flashed past.
Cormorants fishing up by the island, and a Heron waiting for any fish that might stray towards him.

Towards the dam, at the top end, high in the oak trees, a couple of Mistle Thrush were busily chasing each other, clacking away as they hopped from branch to branch.
On the wall of the dam, the usual bunch of Black-headed Gulls, and a Green Woodpecker noisily flew overhead.

Must have been a lot of rain last night, because the weir was furiously rushing into an overflowing river.

Didn't hear a thing last night. The whisky nightcap works a treat.

The gully is now level with the lake, so a lot of water around again.

Past the pub, a couple of Pied Wagtails, a few Starlings, and as I made my way under the road bridge, the Mallards flew over again, for some more food.

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 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)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
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)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
Mistle Thrush [sp] (Turdus viscivorus)
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)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)

Total species  29


  1. You've got plenty of water there to go with that whisky

    Great video of 'Ratty' I do hope you're not encouraging them?...[;o)

  2. Yep, there's certainly a bit of water about!

  3. It sure is Bob :-)

    Me? Encourage the rats? No, surely not Trevor. lol

    Too much water Graeme. Roll on summer.

  4. I am sleeping better the last couple of nights thanks to some Benedryl...dang I would rather the whiskey!

  5. A good look round. Looks as if you are safe from drought for a few days.

  6. The whisky works for me Sondra lol

    Plenty of water here Adrian.