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

Monday, 12 November 2012

Dull start, rain later when I left

A very dull and cloudy start; but my goodness, what a sunrise.

 How does nature do it!!

Big flocks of Fieldfares flying overhead, a few Starlings; but still no sign of any Waxwings. Just a matter of time I think.

The Mallards caught me under the road bridge. They're getting expert at this hijack business. A few handfuls of seed, and then a very quick exit. Has to be quick, because they follow me now.

I did visit yesterday, but didn't get round to doing a post. One of the highlights was a Grey Wagtail,

the other being a Goldcrest at the car park whilst I was talking to a member of Bucks Bird Club
I've got a few pictures in the new Birds of Buckinghamshire book, and I was collecting my copy.
Today, I found another Goldcrest on the way to the bandstand, flying with a mixed flock of tits. Again, no picture, but great to see that they are in various parts of the lake. I hope they all manage to survive the winter.

A couple of adult Mute Swans were flexing their muscles, and sending a cygnet on his way. He'd inadvertently wandered into their territory. 

At the top end of the north lake, a group of Black-headed Gulls were hopefully trying to snatch a morsel from a party of Cormorants that were fishing in a group.
No chance!

In front of the pub, a Green Woodpecker was probing the grass for ants, and the gang of Mallards swooped in on me, after more food.

A few handfuls of seed, and then shopping beckoned.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
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)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
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)
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 Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
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)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)

Total species  32


  1. A stunning sunrise this morning Keith (and I was up to see it..just!) but, does that mean we have to heed the shepherds warning?

    Excellent video, you'll soon be taking those Mallard home with you!!...[;o)

  2. A grand start to the day.....a bit damp up here.
    You are in an optimistic mood, like trying to find a needle in a haystack is Goldcrest hunting.

  3. Cheers Trevor. Did you go out seeing as you were up so early? lol
    Yea, those Mallards are getting a bit too bold at times. I can't stand still without them all round my feet.

    Adrian, those little birds seem to be all around the lake. I'll have to stake them out with a flask and sandwiches one morning.

  4. Brilliant photos of Sunrise and the Grey Wagtail, aren't they superb.

  5. Beautiful sunrise Keith and super Grey Wag.

  6. Thanks Bob. It was a great day until it started to rain. lol

    Thank you Roy. The day started so promising.

  7. HI Keith..Lovely sunrise..the color is gorgeous!!
    The Grey Wagtail is a beauty..I wonder why it's name didn't include something about that lovely yellow color ; )
    Good for you with your bird photo that made the book !!
    I couldn't see the video : (..for some reason it would only go for a bit and stop !!
    I told John when I commented on his to check out the albino Waxwing that Northern Maine Birds blog posted last can find it on my sidebar if your interested!!

  8. ha, yes you will have to try to outrun those ducks...they are so sweet running to meet you.
    OH those swans looked like they really meant business for
    That was a beautiful Sunrise!!

  9. A lovely sunrise Keith but it all looked rather grey after that, horrible time of year! Lovely photo of the Grey Wagtail, I haven't seen one at all this year. I was very relieved when the Cygnet got the message :-) I thought it was in real trouble!

  10. Thanks for your comments, and apologies for late reply.