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

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Little Egret, the pub and Wigeon

A brief visit to the north lake today, to see how developments are coming along with the pub.

Brief, because the delivery that should have come yesterday via DPD, is now coming today; or so they say in their second e-mail to tell me to 'make sure I'm there to sign for it.'
Yea, did that yesterday.

Anyway, a quick scan of the south lake, and a large gull roost was just taking to the skies. Big numbers there now.

On to the north lake, mainly to be nosey, and see how the pub extension is coming along.

Rather well. Ready for Christmas, perhaps?

It was quite a nice start to the day, with the promise of a decent day for a change, instead of this constant rain.

On the arm of the lake, behind the pub, a small group of Wigeon, a few Tufted Duck, and a lot of Canada Geese.

Moving further round, a couple of fishermen were fishing in a no fishing area.
Despite being politely told by myself and a lady walking her dog, one didn't seem bothered, and the second said he wasn't fishing.

I left them to their ignorance and carried on. When I looked back, they had moved further round into the fishing area.

Mr. Not bothered

Mr. Not Fishing

The Little Egret was still hanging around the same area; he must like the fishing here too.

Eventually I made my way back to the car park, and home.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  24


  1. It is a good day.
    The fence is to stop nosey folk like us watching the workers of this world.
    I hope those fishermen are not using lead or barbed hooks. it's a long time since I've had to de-hook a duck. I think most are learning not to cast when birds are about and not to discard their rubbish. The Swans up here seem to drive away their cygnets once they are fledged.

    Let us pray for a similar day next Wednesday. High tide Boston is just at the back of nine so we may be lucky if we don't have to stagger far. If you want fresh coffee for a flask I can sort the coffee on the van but not the flask. My flask is only a little cup type thing.

  2. Adrian, some of the so called fishermen here leave a lot to be desired. Some are OK. These were a pair of pricks. One was casting his fly over the footpath, not bothering to check if anyone was coming; like me.
    Wednesday, at the moment, looks good. I've a couple of good flasks for hot water. Keep it hot for 24hrs.
    Always got coffee and soup packets in the car. Mobile cafe at times.
    Looking forward to it.

  3. Hi Keith...All looks peaceful,and well with the lake and it's inhabitants of nature!!
    Off course there is always the bad apple. that seems to have started to rot another
    "Mr No fishing " I suppose he could be practicing his casting skills : ) !!

    Have you ever seen Heron eating mice ?? I have one on my post yesterday ..I have never heard of it before!!

    You two behave yourself when your together!! : )


  4. Nice to see a real fishermen, lol, if these are possible. The video is looking good and the workers the pub getting my choice.

  5. It was nice of them to put a see through panel in the fence so that us nosey folk can have a look see at what's going on.
    Perhaps those fishermen were a long way from home and couldn't understand the signs? Always a good excuse!
    Looking forward to Wednesday, it looks like we'll have plenty of coffee?

    And you still didn't count those[;o)

  6. Thanks Grace. Sadly you're right, there's always a few that spoil things.
    Herons have quite a varied diet. They'll eat pretty much anything that doesn't move out the way quick enough.

    Cheers Bob. The workers are doing well. Shame about the fishermen though.

    Trevor, I started to count the gulls, and then got distracted by a jogger.
    Plenty of coffee on Wednesday. ;-)

  7. Nice sunrise over the windmill Keith.
    Not seen a fence that colour before. Doesn't exactly blend in.

  8. 'Mr Not Fishing', speaking to you in a foreign accent (broken English) no doubt Keith.

  9. John, I think the fence colour was at the request of the pub owners, Travel Lodge, to be in harmony with their colour scheme. Stands out like a sore thumb in my opinion.

    Roy, you'd think so, but their English was perfect. I suspect they were just ignorant twats.