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

Friday, 30 November 2012

30th November 2012

OK, no words today, just a video and bird list; and a very late post.

I've been backing up the computer.

Here's the video.

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)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
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)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
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 Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
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)

Total species  39


  1. Excellent video Keith, well worth the wait..haha! The lakes looked good in the early morning sunlight and frost. Wish I'd been there to see your road runner impression as you negotiated that road!!

    You'll be okay tomorrow, it's freezing hard here right so now just take your ice skates and you'll be able to glide around, no problem!!

    Take care...[;o)

  2. Wow! Keith and I thought we had had a lot of rain...

  3. That water is still quite high! I can feel the cold in this video..BRRRR

  4. Beautiful light....I'm surprised the level hasn't fallen further than it has.
    You did well getting that close to the Lapwings. They are a beautiful bird.

  5. Cheers Trevor. That road is terrible trying to cross it. Had to cut out the bit when I dashed across. Didn't know I knew words like that!

    Thanks Andrew. We've had a fair bit of rain, but most of this is deliberate by Anglia Water. They divert the water from the Grt Ouse into the lake, to stop flooding downriver.

    Sondra, it was freezing. I must be getting old and soft! lol

    Thanks Adrian. Yea, those Lapwings spook easily. Not sure why they all took off like they did.

  6. Brrr. Seeing all that frost made me feel cold.

  7. It was very cold there John. Today too.

  8. Some very picturesque though rather bleak scenes there Keith. Glad you got a closer look at the Lapwings even if it was brief, they have such lovely colouring. I thought Henry Heron looked perfect in that frosty setting :-)

  9. Thanks Jan. It was cold; even colder this morning. lol