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



11 comments:

  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)

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  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.

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  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.

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

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  5. Beautiful sunrise Keith and super Grey Wag.

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

    Thank you Roy. The day started so promising.

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  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 week...you can find it on my sidebar if your interested!!
    Hugs
    Grace

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  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 sure..lol
    That was a beautiful Sunrise!!

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  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!

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

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