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

Friday, 11 January 2013


A cold foggy start to the day; and I was up late.

The feeders seemed pretty full still from yesterday, so after doing the Crows, I set off under the road bridge.
The Mallards were waiting.

After feeding them, I made a quick exit, and up towards the next footbridge.
A few Cormorants, Great Crested Grebes, a Grey Heron under the bridge, and on the far side, three Goosanders. Two males and a female. They swam around for a while, and then flew off to the main lake.

The gully is looking normal once more; and doesn't have a Swan up and down it; yet.
It did have the usual Heron, standing in the reeds though.

Round past the pub, and then under the road bridge to the south lake.

A group of Canada Geese were grazing, and the three Crows soon came down for some apple. Over by Cormorant island, a male Goosander was swimming by.
Another one, or one from the north lake?

Walking down the footpath, I looked across towards the rowing club, and found two more. A male and a female.

At the far end, a Kingfisher sat on his usual perch; briefly, before flying off.

 Back to my usual Kingfisher shots

Suddenly, up from the field behind the railway line, hundreds of mixed Crows noisily took to the sky. Something must have spooked them, but what an amazing sight and sound.

I made my way towards the hide, and soon found the Robin, waiting for his breakfast.

He's such a friendly little thing.

Out on the lake a large group of mixed gulls, a good number of Tufted Duck, and some Pochard.
By now the fog had cleared, and the sun was starting to break through.

Up towards the rowing club, and a male Goosander was fishing their usual spot.
A couple of people came round the corner, and he swam out to the safety of the middle of the lake. A female was there too.
I wondered if it was just a very mobile three Goosanders this morning, or more.

Past the houses, and a few more Pochard, and then finally back to the car park.

And the sun was shining by now.

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)
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)
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)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
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)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  35


  1. Lucky you....I'm getting sick of this weather but at least the birds are still around.

  2. All the usual suspects were out waiting for you this morning Keith, I'm sure they'll soon be following you home!

    I do hope you're not double counting those's not the done thing you know!!

    Excellent video, and given time I reckon that Kingfisher, once it's finished sussing you out, will be only too happy to pose for[;o)

  3. The forecast is for snow at the weekend here Adrian. Should bring some more birds. It's been pretty quiet on the winter bird front here.
    Mind you, I bet they like it mild.

    Trevor, there could have been 9 Goosander; but I doubt it lol
    I'm going to have to stake out that south bit of lake to get that Kingfisher. He's there a lot.

  4. Oh snow on the way? We are expecting a record warm day tomorrow, I will be working on my house clean out project still...
    Glad to see the lake back in its banks and all going well there. SO you're gonna stalk that Kingfisher, I dont blame you!!! Have a great weekend.

  5. HI Keith...Your little Robin friend is so sweet...makes me smile...and that gang of Mallards too!
    Your Kingfisher is a bugger to catch isn't he stake out might be the answer ; )!
    What a sky full of birds, that would make the hair stand up on the back of my neck lol !!

  6. Sondra, had a few light flurries of snow this morning, then it stopped. Cold though.
    Yea, me and the Kingfisher are at war. lol

    Thanks Grace. I'm getting quite a following at the lake now. Even the Robin started to follow me after I fed him!

  7. Yes, definitely the Pied Piper of MK ;-) Well, that was a treat, a Heron and your lovely little Robin plus a Kingfisher and a sprinkling of elegant Goosanders...perfect!

  8. Thanks Jan. The lake certainly has some good birds around.