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

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

No video

It's not broken, it's just a very quick post, and a brief visit today; off to see my mum later.

A few reports of Redwings in the country, but none here, that I saw, yet.
There are a lot of Blackbirds about though, many with dark beaks, so probably winter arrivals from the continent.
Lots of local Magpies; they've had a really good breeding year, and plenty of Jays about this morning. More than usual, so maybe these are foreigners.

The pub is getting some outside repairs done at the moment. Two workmen were assessing the problem this morning, and one, in true British style gave the area a couple of kicks with his right boot. I must get some of these boots. My guess is they have sensors in the toe cap, to highlight problems.
Later in the morning, the boot had solved the problem, and they busy at work.

Who needs H&S.

A couple of highlights birdwise this morning, was a lone Sparrowhawk, soaring over the tree tops, and later, a Hobby, being noisily escorted from the lake by a Black-headed Gull.

A small group of Wigeon at the top end of the north lake, (a sign of winter coming, I always think), and a lone Shoveler.

A quick flash of a Kingfisher skimming over the water, rounded off the visit nicely.

Quick, but enjoyable.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Eurasian Hobby [sp] (Falco subbuteo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
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)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  26


  1. I'm glad you have the Jays. There are three or four here but I've yet to get a picture. Wary birds they are.

  2. Keith, it's written into the workman's manual of best practices....all maintenance work or DIY jobs need to be assessed for their importance and technicality by first caressing the offending object with the deft touch of a size ten, preferably of the 'steely' kind.....

    It looks like the 'first wave' of the winter are on their way?...[;o)

  3. PS, I suspect the boots are just boots. Builders and engineers have very sensitive feet.

  4. Yea Adrian, such beautiful looking birds, but a bugger to get close to.
    I'm sure the boots are special boots. They must be foam lined or something to protect the toes.

    I think I've seen that manual Trevor. I gave up after page two though.
    I think there could be some good birds turning up here soon.

  5. I hope the video is't out of action for long Keith... thanks for the smile re the skilled workmen lol.

  6. Thanks Sondra. Their large bills always bring a smile to my face. Hope you're managing OK, and thanks for making the effort to comment. Much appreciated.

    Cheers Andrew. I'll soon have the video back in action; but not today lol