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Friday, 9 November 2012

North lake

A sunny start to the day, but just the north lake visited.

The last couple of days I've cleaned and disinfected all the feeders, so everything should be fresh for the coming winter.

I walked the north in the opposite direction for a change, and after crossing over the noisy road bridge, I was soon back to the reasonable quiet of the lake. Feeding in front of the pub, was a Green Woodpecker. A regular at this spot.

Another regular, further round, is a group of Greenfinches, that feed on the rose hips.
At the back of the pub, the regular Wigeon were missing however; just a group of Canada Geese, and a couple of Coots.

At the gully, near the weir, a pair of Pied Wagtails were flying together, and it looked as though they were hunting insects together.

The river level has gone down a lot since my last visit, and over on the field was a Little Egret. As I finished filming him, and put the camera away, a Kingfisher flew along the river. Typical!

Quite a few Redwings were flying overhead in small groups, and lots of gulls too.

Finally reaching the road bridge, one of the Mallards was patiently waiting to be fed, and then it was back to the car park.

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)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Stock Pigeon [oenas] (Columba oenas oenas)
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 Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
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)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  36


  1. A much better morning than I had. Damp and cool this morning but I did see a badger shuffling back into the wood.
    Young herons are often reasonably unperturbed by us...wonder why they grow up so wary?

  2. The lake and all it's cast looked stunning in the early morning sunshine Keith...[;o)

  3. Adrian, sadly the only badgers I see are dead ones at the side of the road. Young Herons are quite funny at times; it is a shame that most animals grow up to fear most humans. Says a lot about the human race in general.

    It was a lovely morning Trevor. Even a quick visit produced some good birds.

  4. The video is my favourite, the Green Woodpecker, I could watch it for hours.

  5. good you got your feeders all cleaned up for winter...
    its a long walk all the way around your lakes! Good for you that you do that so often, Ive been very slack lately in my walking. Have a great weekend.

  6. Thanks Bob. They're great birds to watch.

    Thank you Sondra. All my feeders are looking brand new now; here and in the garden. Worth the effort. :-)

  7. A very pleasant visit again Keith and lovely to see the Heron trying to look invisible :-)

    Well done on the feeder cleaning, I must do mine again, not a job I enjoy but necessary of course.

  8. Thanks Jan. That Heron was quite funny the way he was creeping through the reeds. I just couldn't let on that I could see him. lol

  9. There has been a lot of sightings of Waxwings already Keith this year.

  10. Certainly has Roy. I always thought this was going to be another good year for them. Hope they get round the lake soon.