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

Friday, 23 November 2012

A bit wet

Clear skies, and sun later; but the previous days weather have taken its toll.

I could only fill half of the feeders this morning; the rest had a good deal of water under them where the lake had burst its bank, after the heavy rain of a couple of days ago. Yesterdays strong winds had brought a few branches down too.

Round by the footbridge, at the car park, I found three Song Thrushes. A bird that is in decline, but seemingly not here. Good to see them, and hear one of them singing quite heartily.

Under the road bridge, and a couple of Mallards greeted me, along with a few others. A small group of Canada Geese were milling around, and a Grey Heron flew across to the far side of the lake.

The trees and bushes were alive with the sounds of Long Tailed Tits as they flew from tree to tree. Among them were Great Tits and Blue Tits, and out on the lake, quite a few Cormorants fishing.

As I made my way towards the dam, I began to wonder how high the water was likely to be at the weir, and river.

At the edge of the river, a Grey Heron stood motionless; a study in concentration.

The water level along the river wasn't as high as I was expecting. The reason soon became clear.
At the gully, it was completely flooded.

Impassable, even with wellington boots.
The force of the water as it rushed from the river, across the path, and over the steps of the gully into the lake, would have knocked anyone off their feet.
I have never seen it like this before.

Only one thing to do, and that was to turn back the way I came.

As I walked back, over at the riverside, a Little Egret was briefly fishing, before flying off.

Past the dam, and the water had begun to steadily rise, and breach the bank in places. I wonder how high it will get during the day.

Back at the car park, a quick look towards the feeders, and the water had risen considerably. The area I had earlier stood on, to top up the feeders, was now under water.

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)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  28


  1. Keith, I didn't know you could speak Robin, you kept that quiet!!

    Wellies and water wings for tomorrow's outing then?

    Where's Capt'n Ayhab and his canoe when you need him?

    Take care!...[;o)

  2. You seen to have had plenty of rain in your area Keith. Fortunately though Wed it rained steadily all day last night wasn't too bad here.

    The Grey Heron was concentrating hard on breakfast by the looks of things.

  3. It's all very exciting. A bit too exciting for some.

  4. Wow, an amazing amount of water. Hope the damage is minimal.

  5. The wier looks like it needs a drop of water, lol. I love the Little Egret in motion, brilliant.

  6. OH MY! Glad the rain has stopped, thats a lot of extra water to deal with! Nature can change in a heartbeat!

  7. We have had a lot of rain Keith. At least the Swan was able to get out of the gully, he probably didn't have any choice.{:))

  8. Cheers Trevor. Yea, me and the Robin have quite a conversation in the mornings when I do the feeders. :-)
    Taking the wellies today.

    Thanks John. A fair bit of rain a couple of days ago, but thankfully not like some poor souls had.

    Quite an extreme amount of water for the lake Adrian; but then it is a balancing lake. A few rat nests were submerged that I know of. Maybe they got out in time.

    Thanks Horst. I think it will soon be back to normal. I hope.

    Thanks Bob. The Little Egret is becoming quite a regular there.

    Sondra, Nature certainly shows she's the boss at times. Something we should all respect and be aware of.

    Roy, anything in that gully could be washed away anywhere in the lake now. I wonder where the 'bridge' is?

  9. My goodness, that was some wild weather! There has been flooding around here but thankfully we live on a hill :-) I suspect there won't be much improvement at the lake for a few days if your weather forecast is the same as ours. Love the Heron, it is that classic, patient and solitary, 'study in concentration' which always fascinates me so much.

  10. Thanks Jan. The water is even higher today. (post coming up soon)