Personal musings, wanderings and sightings from around the lake.
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Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me

Tuesday, 29 October 2013


The day after the threatened big storm that missed us.

A sunny start, once the sun dragged itself from its slumbers, and a quick look at Cormorant island gave up a departing Little Egret, followed by a couple of Magpies in hot pursuit.
A lot of gulls had roosted on the south lake, and it was this part I started at for a change.

As always, they are too distant for decent pictures, but there's certainly good numbers at the moment. An early morning with a scope I think.

At the far end of the south lake, a male Shoveler still in his breeding plumage was a nice sight. A group of Tufted Duck, and some Gadwall made up the rest.

By now the sun was rising in the sky, as an orange orb.

By the footbridge, over the river, a group of Long Tailed Tits were noisily working their way through the trees in search of insects. A couple of Grey Herons stood along the lake edge, and another large group of Tufted Ducks were slowly swimming past.

At the north lake, a quick look to see how the pub extension is coming along, before making my way towards the far end, and the arm that goes behind the pub.

A noisy Green Woodpecker flew into the trees on the far side, and the whistling sound of a group of Wigeon cut through the still air.

A couple of Mute Swans were circling the lake, looking for somewhere to settle, and a couple more Grey Herons were over on the far bank.

Up towards the wall of the dam, and half a dozen Black-headed Gulls were stood on the wall, like a gang of teenagers on a street corner.

Round towards the island, and a blue flash of a Kingfisher gliding over the water.
A group of Cormorants were fishing out in the sun,

which was drawing the attention of a few pirates, in the guise of Black-headed Gulls.
Always chancers, and seeking easy meals.

One advantage of going round the lake this way, I was able to surprise the Grey Heron that fishes under the footbridge near the bandstand.

He seemed quite put out that I'd managed to get a close picture, but soon noisily departed towards the privacy of the island.

Finally I was back at the car park, and by the footbridge, in the bushes, a male Chaffinch was busily preening in the morning sunlight.

And of course, as I stood there on the bridge, one of the Crows came down to see if I had food.

Of course.


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)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
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)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
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)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)

Total species  35


  1. It's a grand morning here as well.
    This video is great to watch after all the rain.

  2. Nice walk in the sunshine this morning Keith, and it's good to see that all the regulars were there to greet you.

    It's long overdue for something 'good' to turn up!

    I reckon it's about time those gulls were counted properly, and as you're the man on the spot......[;o)

  3. Thanks Adrian. It's good to see some sunshine at last.

    Trevor, I think the Goosanders will be here soon.
    Counting gulls I'll leave to the grown ups that seem to get off on that sort of thing.

  4. HI Keith Enjoyed the video and seeing the birds you photographed. Good to have seen a Kingfisher.

  5. HI Keith...It sure was looking dark and way to early for me to be out, so good that you made the effort and I could stay in bed ; ) and just watch the video of your morning!!
    Looks like a lot of gulls for a lake, I have never seen that many gulls only at the ocean or the parking lot at Walmart here hahaha !!
    The last bit of the video with the sweet little Robin in the berry tree is so cute!!


  6. Thanks Margaret. There's a couple of Kingfishers around the lake at times.

    Thank you Grace. Early morning is the best part of the day. :-)

  7. The Heron in silhouette would have made a great still image Keith.
    Yes, that was the storm that wasn't.

  8. Thanks Roy.
    I did take a few images of the Heron in silhouette, but I wasn't happy with them. It looked better there, than I could convey it in pictures.

  9. We had a rainy Friday..bur today was great! I'm waiting on my winter arrivals and cant wait to see them at the feeders. Great walk around at your Lake!!!

  10. Thanks Sondra. Our winter arrivals are getting under way here too.