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

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Wet and windy

A miserable morning, made worse by having wet feet.

I just decided on doing the north lake today; anyone with an ounce of sense would have stayed in bed.

After topping up the feeders, and feeding a couple of ducks, (still no Doris), I scanned the north lake through the bins. A lot of Swallows and House Martins over the water, and 4 or 5 Common Terns. Not much of anything else though.

The water level seems to have dropped a bit; Kingfisher island has a shore now.
A bit further along, I saw a hedgehog, making his way home to bed.

The top end of the lake had the Common Terns on their boat, and lots of Cuckooflowers bursting through the grass now.

Down towards the pub, a couple of Oystercatchers were looking for worms, a group of Starlings and a couple of Pied Wagtails, and Swallows and House Martins sitting in the trees, and around the edge of the lake.

A couple of Mallards came over, and after feeding them, I headed off to the car park.

A lot of the birds remained hidden in the bushes; can't say I blame them.


Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
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)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
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)

Total species  23


  1. Keith, I reckon you deserve a medal(or a certificate??) along with those prospective new boots for venturing out into this bloody awful weather we're having this morning!

    I haven't been sleeping for months and missed summer, have I? It feels more like November than May out there!! I reckon they've dropped the water level in anticipation of all the rain we're getting(got)!

    I guess GoOutdoors need to do some complex calculations before they tell you that you don't qualify for their offer!!

    Stay warm...only a month till Christmas!!...[;o)

  2. Good to see the hedgehog. It is a grand day here.

  3. Certifying more like it Trevor. It's stopped raining now I'm home.
    Yea, GoOutdoors seem to have a good con on the go. I'll go elsewhere.

    Thanks Adrian. I was really surprised to see him trundling along. I think the weather is better further north. Wales has got sun, I'm told.

  4. It was a morning when domestic chores would have been a better option Keith.{:))

  5. You're probably right Roy. It certainly needs doing lol

  6. What a terrible morning we had also, but, this afternoon was quite nice, better go out and try to find something.

  7. The weather is unbelievable for May, isn't it Bob.