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

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Bird trap

From a cloudy start, to a sunny finish.

I had a quick look at the massive gull roost first on the south lake.
Despite a large, almost full disc of the moon shining in the sky, it was still quite difficult to see the gulls with any clarity; at least on the video. I'd estimate a few thousand birds though, stretching from Cormorant island, down to the other island and beyond.

 I turned back towards the north lake eventually, and made my way round the usual way. The Mallards caught up with me, and soon had me surrounded, waiting for some food.
Over on the far side, the pub extension continues to make good progress.

Hope my room is finished for crimble.

The Grey Heron was fishing under the footbridge in the gloom, as I reached there; and plenty of Black-headed Gulls screaming and diving in the water behind.
Amongst the reeds, a Little Egret was fishing alongside another Heron.
Good to see them getting along so well, which is more than can be said for some of the members of the local bird e-mail group. A few bruised egos over the last few days, and some of them getting in a right flap.

A Tufted Duck in another type of flap.

As I reached the arm that goes behind the pub, (Coots, Cormorants, Wigeon and Gadwall), and down towards the gully, there were some more trapped birds.

This gully seems to be a magnet for them.
I wonder if Anglian Water and/or The Parks Trust could come up with some way of keeping them out of here.
A couple of days ago, quite a large flock of Coots were stuck in there. Today, down to one individual, who was really struggling to try and get out, and back onto the lake.
Two cygnets were also stuck, and just swimming up and down. One did try and make a break for it, by flapping along the length of the gully, but just couldn't get the lift or turn, to get over the wall. A sorry sight.

Back past the pub, and on to the south lake; but not before the Mallards had me surrounded again.

At the far end, an elusive Little Egret gave me the slip every time I tried to get pictures or video.
Thankfully the Tufted Ducks and Pochard, were more accommodating.

I finally almost caught up with the Egret, as he flew towards the reeds near the car park, and began circling round for a while.

I had much better luck though, with his bigger cousin, the Grey Heron.

At the car park, a quick look round the footbridge, found some Chaffinch, Blue and Great Tits, and some Reed Buntings.

Good to be out, and I can't believe how mild it still is.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
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)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  32


  1. It was mild today Keith and we are half way through December already, bound to suffer eventually I suppose. That Little Egret was given you the run around.

  2. We had snow this time last year Roy; makes you wonder what's in store.
    That Little Egret certainly kept me on my toes.

  3. Yes Keith, it was a good day for getting a sunstroke, lol. But, it didn't last very long, unfortunately it's cold, brrrrrrrr. Nice for the ducks.

  4. Thanks Bob. It's certainly getting a bit colder tonight. :-)