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Saturday, 2 February 2013

Flooded again

A quick post today.

I've been over most days this week, but the lake has been flooded again. North lake has been out of bounds via the footpath, and under the road bridge has been flooded.
I've just walked the south lake, and so I've not seen as much as usual.
Having said that, this morning was pretty good.

No way of getting to the feeders still; the last time I filled them was on Monday.
Maybe the level will drop a bit tomorrow, so I can fill them.

Doris and the gang still catch me under the road bridge though, and today a couple of Swans tagged along.

Round the south lake, very little. No sign of the Scaup most of the week, and today the birds were all flying. Boat day.

Very few gulls on the water, but a good variety nonetheless.
A Common Gull was doing the foot stamping; pretending to be rain. Yesterday I watched him, and he was quite successful at catching a few worms.

At the far end, the first hide is still flooded, and very few birds there.

On round to see the Robin, and he soon appeared. I had to get down lower today, for him to quickly snatch a seed from my outstretched hand.

Past the rowing club, and round by the houses. A few Tufted Duck, and Coots, but not much else. Once I was back level with Cormorant island though, a few more birds.

A single Scaup, female.

A single Goosander, female;

and at the far end, a couple of Teal.
A group of Tufted Duck and Pochard made up the rest, with a pair of Gadwall.

Back at the car park, a quick look round the footbridge area, and there was Chaffinch,

Bullfinch, female

Dunnock, Robin, and the usual Tits.

And a couple of Reed Buntings too.


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)
Common Teal [sp] (Anas crecca)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Greater Scaup [sp] (Aythya marila)
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)
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)
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)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  36


  1. A very nice female Bullfinch Keith, they are starting to look colourful for the Spring now.

  2. Looks as if I got the best of the Lake this week.
    Still a good morning you had.

  3. Thanks Roy. The females are certainly a colourful bird. The males just have the edge tho' lol

    You're right there Adrian. It's been flooded since Tuesday. I was hoping to get the feeders filled before next week.

  4. A very nice pic of the Reed Bunting Keith.

    You had quite an entourage at the beginning of the walk :-)

    Hope you get to the feeders before too long.

  5. Only half a walk this morning then Keith? to see a bit of sunshine tho'

    Still a decent amount of birds to see, including the ever faithful Doris...and Robin was still there to greet you.

    I hope the water level gets back to normal soon!...[;o)

  6. New rain or still snow melt filtering down from the hills?

  7. A quickie, I was enthralled by how many birds you have seen. That is a quickie, I don't think so, lol.

  8. I'm late, I'm late ..... I feel like the white Rabbit.

    Thanks Jan. A lot of these birds are beginning to associate me with food now lol
    Still flooded today. :-(

    Cheers Trevor. Only half a walk today too. I hate all this flooding.

    I think this water is from the diversion of the river John. It is a balancing lake, and certainly doing its job; but I've never seen it flooded so much, for so long.

    Thanks Bob. It is a very underwatched lake by the local birding community, but has a surprising number of birds here.
    Not all rare, so the grown ups are not interested.