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Monday, 3 December 2012

Levels gone down

The water level has finally gone down to something approaching normal.

I did walk round yesterday, in sunshine and frost, (but no post), and the level of the water had fallen dramatically. Today it was pretty much the same, maybe just a little less water, and the weather was dull, milder, and raining. So different in a day.

I did manage to get the feeders filled up though, with the aid of some wellingtons and careful wading. There's still water under the feeders, but nothing like it was.

A quick look at the south lake around by the still flooded Cormorant island, found plenty of Tufted Duck, a few Pochard, some Gadwall and lots of Coots.

On round the north lake, because I had to get home for a parcel delivery.

A few Blue Tits and Great Tits in the bushes, and up at the top end, three Mistle Thrush were doing their best to keep some Redwings away from the berries on the trees.
The wall of the dam is now clear of water, but the field is still very soggy underfoot.

Up at the gulley, the path is still flooded, so I had to cross the river by the bridge, and walk round.

The seat that was almost submerged a couple of days ago.

Up by the pub, a Green Woodpecker was probing for ants in the soggy grass,

a couple of Pied Wagtails flying around, and a single Grey Wagtail flew past.

Just a quick visit today, but good to be able to get round again.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
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 Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
Mistle Thrush [sp] (Turdus viscivorus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  30


  1. Good to see things are getting back to normal.

  2. Very mucky underfoot Keith. Need a few hard frosts now to sort it out.

  3. Hi that is a lot of water still, but it sure has gone down a lot to!!
    I don't suppose the birds really mind just as long as there is water, of course the feeder birds are happy
    now : }
    Nice shot of the Green Woodpecker!!
    Yo came by my post just before I put up a new one yesterday!!
    Had my squirrel proof feeder set up, and some of my bird visitors!!

  4. It seems odd to see some of the places that were underwater just a few days ago especially the seat. Seeing it as it should be makes you realise just how deep that water was! Glad you were able to fill the feeders and I bet the birds were glad too :-)

    Good to see the Heron again :-) and nice to see the Green Woodpecker also..

  5. Thanks Adrian. I hope it stays that way.

    The weather has been terrible this year Roy. I expect it will be snow next.

    Thanks Grace. A lot of water indeed. The most there's ever been here I think.

    Thanks Jan. I was glad I could get the feeders done finally.

  6. How are the bruises Keith!!

    What a change in weather from yesterday?

    Nice to see you were up early(!) this morning and enjoying a little paddle. Looks like the water level is almost back to normal now?...[;o)

  7. Don't often see tide lines on an inland pond. You'll be having beachcombers next.

  8. Just a black elbow Trevor lol
    Yea, the weather was certainly different. Up early again today :-)

    Thanks John. It's really strange to see how the rising level left its mark like that John. Have to invest in a metal detector too if this keeps on.

  9. Mother nature has a mind of her own....I wonder if the birds are happy to have it back to normal?

  10. I imagine that the birds prefer a bigger lake Sondra lol
    I'm just glad I can get round it all now. :-)