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



Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Christmas Day 2012



I'll be short on words today; I'll let the video clip speak for itself.


The lake is still flooded. I just walked the south. It rained.


I was fed up.


I stopped off at the Hilton Hotel; about mid way between home and the lake.



About 50 plus Waxwings.








HAPPY CHRISTMAS











Full list of today's sightings


Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)


Total species  27



13 comments:

  1. Just popped over to wish you a very Happy Christmas Keith!

    Lovely photo....will I never see one, I even dream about them!! So pleased your Christmas Robin was there to greet you, what a beauty it is and it looked like its Christmas dinner was early :-)

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  2. Thank Jan. I'm sure you'll see some soon.
    Have a good Christmas.

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  3. Yeah to the great British robin, one came down to feast on some shortbread which I put out this morning. Think he was just about the best thing to see on a Christmas morning. Glad you saw your robin plus added bonus lots of waxwings. Rollon 2013 when this madness is all over. Hope you are well hairy fella

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  4. Merry Christmas, Keith!

    Perhaps in 2013, it'll stop raining for a bit?

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  5. Thanks Debs. Yea, had to keep my sanity by an early morning visit to the lake. Great to see all the old friends. :-)
    Waxwings were a real bonus.

    Thanks Graeme. I hope it'll be drier next year. Fed up with this rain now.

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  6. What a Christmas present. The Hilton are an amazing organisation.
    Loved the Robin....I think the worm was wriggling inside it.

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  7. Thanks Adrian. The hotel is just down the road from me. Really good to see the Waxwings so close to home.
    The little Robin preferred the worm to the seed I gave him. He did eat the seed after though. Can't beat a bit of meat. :-)

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  8. These days it looks more like the Everglades and Caldecotte Lake.
    Very Christmassy photo of the Waxwing eating the red berry.

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  9. Thanks John. I hope the water goes down soon.

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  10. Aren't they beautiful, the Waxwings, I mean. Just beautiful.

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  11. They certainly are Bob. A real treat to see them on Christmas.

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  12. always a thrill to see a beautiful wax wing, but 50!!! WOW
    Hope you had a Happy Christmas Keith.

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  13. Thanks Sondra. I had a lovely Christmas, especially with these Waxwings to round it off. :-)

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