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

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Dry for a change

A lot of rain recently, and a big thunderstorm last night, so it was good to get out round the lake at last.

A few spots of rain to begin with, but it cleared pretty quickly.
Rain, sun, cloud and some wind; quite a mixture. Anyway, enough of the weather forecast, what about the birds.
A Little Egret over on Cormorant island this morning, and a very distant Pochard on the south lake, got things off to a good start.

Walking round to the north lake, the building work over at the pub is coming along.

An extension, which is taking up some of the parking area for the rowing/sailing club on the north lake.

While I was busily scrutinising the workers painting the board that hides them from the public, (Why do they do that? Surely not to hide them while they skive?), a group of Mallards appeared noisily calling for some food.
A few handfuls of seed, and I could make my getaway.

A couple of Grey Herons about, and by now the sun was beginning to shine too.

Up at the dam, a Grey Wagtail was foraging amongst the gravel,

and a large group of Black-headed Gulls standing along the wall.

Some of the trees around the lake are looking rather special now, as they don their Autumn coats.

Round by the pub I managed to get a closer look at the work in progress.

and the 'hide behind fence' had been painted.

Onto the south lake, and the sun quickly disappeared behind the rapidly growing cloud.
A group of Tufted Duck and a few Coots were about the only birds about.
I'm sure the Goosander won't be long in turning up; but sadly, not today.

Down towards the rowing club, and there was a line of Black-headed Gulls along the edge of the path.

Down in the water was a Grey Heron, and standing amongst the gulls, was a Little Egret

Of course, as I got closer, they both flew off towards the island.

Past the houses, and lots of Coots, and I was soon heading back to the car park, with a stiff breeze pushing me along.

Full list of today's sightings

Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)

Total species  24


  1. Hi Keith...I was happy to see the lake birds and the wagtail...why that building looks plenty big why make it bigger? thing i know for sure nothing stays the same...have a grand WEDNESDAY.

  2. Beautiful birds on the lake, and work on the pub, I hope that will turn alright.

  3. It's been a right miserable week up here as well Keith... you saw some good birds today.

  4. Thanks Sondra. I guess the reasoning behind the extension is, bigger hotel, bigger profits. Same the world over; it's all about money.

    Thank you Bob. I'm sure it will.

    Cheers Andrew. Always a good walk round here.

  5. You did well to persevere. Great to see Heron Egret and the gulls all getting along.

  6. Yea, that little scene really caught my eye.

  7. Builders skiving, surely not Keith.{:))