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Monday, 31 December 2012

Out like a wet fart

After yesterday's sun, the last day of the year goes out like a wet fart; wet and windy.

Still can't reach the feeders, although the water is going down slowly. Probably a couple of days before I can get to them.

The footpath under the road bridge still needs a boat to navigate it, so I fed the Mallards, and their two bigger friends, and then set off over the road bridge to the south lake.

Very disappointing; not many birds about at all.
The usual Crows came for their apple, (they had seed instead), the mixed flock of Crows were in the field, but no sign of the Robin.
I left his breakfast anyway, and carried on.

By the rowing club, Tufted Duck and Pochard, and overhead a Grey Heron making it look easy flying against the wind.

No sign of any Goosander today, and that was about it.

A poor end to what has been in general, a great year.

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)
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)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
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  26


  1. Have a good one Keith. Wind at 90mph and driving rain here.

  2. That's not how Isobel Lang would describe it, but I know what you mean.

    All the best for 2013, Keith!

    Regards, Graeme

  3. Merry and Happy New Year.
    Finland / Lapland / Kuusamo

  4. Looks like your little Robin has finally got fed up with this weather Keith and has decided to stay tucked up somewhere in the dry and the warm!

    We can only hope for an upturn in the weather soon...starting tomorrow!!!...[;o)

  5. Not quite so windy as that here, but got the rain. Enjoy tonight Adrian.

    I sometimes forget myself Graeme. Have a good one tonight.

    Eko, thank you. All the best to you for 2013

    Trevor, I do hope so :-)

  6. I dont take any notice of the weather report when I am watching Isobel Lang.?

  7. I had to look her up Roy, don't have a telly.
    Easy on the eye. :-)

  8. I do have a telly, but am too tight to fork out for Sky.

    The Beeb weather is a lot less interesting these days :o(

  9. I usually look outside in the morning for my weather report. Cheap!! lol

  10. 'Twas blowing a gale this am.
    Wishing you a dry, sunny 2013 Keith.

  11. All the best for 2013 Keith the weather can't be this bad next year... can it?

    Take care.

  12. Have an excellent new year in 2013 Keith.

  13. Hi Keith ...A wet fart Dad would have reply to that with "well now did you get any on ya" you best check your pants ; )!
    You sure had some wind there, but try having a wild wind with snow Brrr And Grrr!
    There is a lot of wash up on the walkways and grass..looks like some clean up in order??
    All those ducks and swans I suppose could care less about the water, but a bit of sun would be welcome to them and you!!
    Cheer up it can't last forever!!
    I do hope the coming year is good to you my friend!!
    New Years Hugs

  14. Thank you John. So far, so good. Lots of stars in the sky, and no wind. :-)

    Cheers Andrew. It seems to have started OK. Hope it continues like that. :-)

    Bob, thank you. Hope you have a good one too.

    Grace, I checked; all clear.
    The lake is looking quite a mess at the moment, with all that rubbish. I'm told it will be cleaned up; eventually.
    You have a good year too. :-)

  15. haha, a very descriptive weather report for sure. I think looking out the window is a sure way of knowing what is happening with the weather. Here in my yard more birds come when the weather is bad because north of us its always worse so they come south! Hope the sun comes out for you soon Keith. Happy 2013!

  16. Thank you Sondra. Today was a wonderful start to the new year; blue sky and sunshine.
    All the very best for 2013. :-)

  17. A very windy walk in more ways than one Keith ;-)

    I hope your little Robin turns up again soon! Wishing you a very Happy and Healthy New Year!

  18. So much better today though Jan :-)

    The Robin was there today. I'm determined to have him feeding from my hand this year. He's such a brave little thing.
    All the best to you and your family for 2013 Jan.