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

Thursday, 27 December 2012

It rained; for a change

This rain is seriously getting on my nerves.

The poor buggers that have been flooded, must be losing their faith by now; if they had any.

Still can't get to the feeders without a boat, but the water is slowly going down.
However, if this rain continues, we'll be back where we started.

The south lake only this morning, and as the steady drizzle fell, there was no sign of the Crows.
Looking out across the lake, I could see a few Great Black-backed Gulls splashing around, and beyond them, over by the rowing club, amongst a few Tufted Duck, was a male Goosander.

At the far end, I checked through a soggy railway arch, and the field beyond. Hundreds of mixed Crows and Wood Pigeons.

Back at the bird hide, the little Robin was patiently waiting for breakfast, and by now the rain had stopped, and the skies were beginning to clear.

Half a dozen Lapwing flew over the lake by the rowing club, and a couple of Herons were staking their claims to which part of the lake was theirs.

No sign of the Goosander though. Maybe he was round by the houses.
Just after I had that thought, five began circling overhead. Four males and one female.
Around they went, and then disappeared from view.

A couple of Mallards were mating, and by now the sky was black again.
And it was raining.


Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
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)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
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  29


  1. That lovely little Robin looks like it's getting quite tame now Keith.

  2. Water, water everywhere!....and it doesn't look like there's going to be much of a let up in the rain for a while Keith.
    How about we set to and build an any spare wood?

    Well done for braving the elements this morning, it did look a tad miserable out there. It's not all doom and gloom there's at least one happy Mallard out there today!...[;o)

  3. He certainly is Jan. I'm trying to get him to take food from hand, but he's still a little bit shy.

    It was pretty 'orrible this morning Trevor. That Mallard is doing better than me! lol

  4. You always get the birds, whether it's raining or snowing. Well done Keith.

  5. Just about to start raining here. It's barely got light today. Awful it is.

  6. Thanks Bob. Not the best of conditions today though.

    This weather is terrible isn't it Adrian. I hope next year is better.

  7. There is no end to it Keith, looking at the forecast.

  8. More rain...dang! Guess you'll end up having to move your feeders to Higher Ground!
    Hope the SUN comes out for you soon!! We are expecting rain this weekend here. Life goes on for the birds tho!

  9. It's no good Keith - you will just have to invest in waders, or a wet suit ;>)
    Amazing quantities of corvids roosting in that area.

  10. Sondra, I did attempt a visit this morning, but strangely enough it was raining. The levels have risen since yesterday. I'm sick of this rain now.

    John, it's been awful here. I may need to borrow a boat from the boat people.
    The Corvids are an amazing sight to see. I'm sure the farmer disagrees though. lol