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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.


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


  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 :-)

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

  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

  4. Merry Christmas, Keith!

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

  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.

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

  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. :-)

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

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

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

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

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

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