Personal musings, wanderings and sightings from around the lake.
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Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

After a lot of snow yesterday afternoon, I was surprised how little remained this morning; but it was a bit cold.

Feeders done, Crows done, and the waiting Mallards done, it was off round the north lake to see what was about.
Very slippery paths. Much safer to walk on the grass when it's like this.

The Heron was in his usual spot, letting the Cormorants do the work of pushing the fish his way; and a few Tufted Duck out on the water.

Round the corner, and up towards the dam, I spied a female Goosander. The only one I saw today.

The top end had the usual Wigeon, Tufted and a couple of Gadwall, and down by the pub, not very much else. Apart from Doris, who appeared out of nowhere for some more seed.

The Crows were waiting round on the south lake, and a few gulls out in the middle.

Herring Gull

Very little else, until I got to the far end.

I could hear the Crows out on the field, but left them to it this morning. They didn't need me to disturb them while they're searching for food on a cold day.
In the trees alongside the railway line, a group of Redwing, a couple of Goldcrest, and I think some Fieldfare.
Not 100% on the Fieldfare, because before I could get a good look at them, a train clattered along and scared everything off.

Off to see the Robin.
I tried briefly to get him to take some seed from my hand ....... and success!
He quickly flew down from a branch, snatched a seed, and went back to his perch.
Pleased with that, I left the rest of the seed for him. I don't want to overdo it. I'll try a little more each day until he's comfortable with it.

Past the rowing club, and a few Tufted Duck and Pochard out on the water, with a selection of gulls.

Once I was back at the car park, a quick look round the footbridge, and a Dunnock sat posing for a few pictures.

But the biggest surprise was a tiny Goldcrest, flitting through the brambles.

Another great morning at the lake.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
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)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
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 Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
Goldcrest [sp] (Regulus regulus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  41


  1. A good day made great by your success with the robin and that wonderful shot of the goldcrest!

  2. Dr. Keith bird trainer extraordinaire! So after Mallards, Crows and now a Robin, what's next on the agenda?

    Great still and video of the Goldcrest...[;o)

  3. Lovely Goldcrest Keith.
    Its a good job you had the video on to try and keep up with it as well.

  4. Thanks Wilma. Yea, I was really pleased when the Robin finally took a bit of seed. :-)

    Cheers Trevor. Next, I think I should concentrate a bit more on my people skills lol

    Thanks Roy. Those Goldcrest are a job to keep up with.

  5. Good Description ...
    Greetings Eko
    Finland / Lapland / Kuusamo

  6. You have excelled yourself today. You will soon have half the birds round the lake eating out of your hand. Great to get the Goldcrest. A wonderful shot.

  7. Fantastic picture of the Goldcrest Keith. Not the easiest of birds to photograph.

  8. Thanks Eko, glad you enjoyed it.

    Cheers Adrian. I was really pleased with the Robin; and the Goldcrest picture.

    Thanks Rob. Yea, they're lively little buggers.

  9. Thanks Bob.
    Hope you're keeping warm. :-)

  10. Lovely to see the little Goldcrest weaving in and out of the greenery and that is a gorgeous photo of it too! Well done with the Robin, I knew it would happen sooner or later :-)

  11. Thanks Jan. Yea, I was pleased to get that shot of the Goldcrest.
    Today, the Robin wasn't interested in taking food from my hand lol