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

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Goosander, boats, joggers and bikes.

I should have gone shopping; it wouldn't have been so busy.

The early morning half light saw the usual gang of Crows and Magpies turn up, as I pulled into the car park. They do like their digestive biscuits.

I made my way under the road bridge to the north lake, and was greeted by the gang of Mallards. Fed them, and carried on my way.

Under the footbridge near the bandstand, the Heron was lurking by the edge, waiting to pick off any fish that the group of Cormorants happened to push his way whilst they were fishing. Pretty clever.
Yesterday there were a couple of Little Egrets around here too; but no sign of them this morning.

The sun was rising in the blue sky as I made my way up towards the wall of the dam.
Strange to think that this time last year we had had some snow.
Lazily flying overhead was a very distant Sparrowhawk, probably on the lookout for breakfast.

At the gully, a Pied Wagtail. Yesterday he was joined by a Grey Wagtail, but no sign of him today. A cygnet had been stuck in the gully for about a week, swimming up and down aimlessly. This morning though, he had gone; replaced by a group of Coots.
They flew up and down over the water for a while, whilst one managed to get up and over onto the lake, and one crashed into the wall trying, and fell back down into the water.
No idea what the attraction is for some of the birds here, but it does seem to 'trap' a few for a while.

The usual crowd of Wigeon, Tufted Duck and Gadwall were swimming around on the lake proper.

Past the pub, and the work is really coming along now.

And some more work being done?

Business must be good.

Needless to say, the Mallards caught up with me again, with a few Crows tagging along too.

At the far end of the south lake, a small group of mixed gulls were just off the island, taking refuge no doubt from the boats that were now up and down the lake.
I found the Robin by one of the bird palettes/hides, who posed well whilst feeding.
A couple of Crows have also learnt that food is left here while I'm around.

Down past the rowing club, and over on the far side of the lake, the joggers were assembling, ready for the off.

Past the houses, and now the bikes were flashing past.
I wonder why they don't seem to have bells to ring to alert you of their presence as they rush up behind you?
I thought they had to.
Will be interesting when they meet up with the joggers head on.

Almost at the car park, and a big group of Pochard had taken to the air, fed up with the boats no doubt; and a male Goosander was flying around, probably wondering if it was worth landing here today.

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)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
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)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
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)

Total species  29


  1. Favourite part for me has to be the close shots of the Robin.

  2. Pestered by a plague of B's this morning then Keith?...Bikes, Boats and Bloody joggers, I can't see what attracts people to be so energetic myself?
    Despite all the disturbance you still managed to see, and video, a good selection of birds. Nice to see that the Robin is back, and being well feed.
    Hope you've made your reservation for one of those new hotel rooms?...[;o)

  3. Love your opening sentence. ;-)

  4. John, he's a great little character. Full of confidence and very trusting. Lovely bird.

    Trev, think I'll book in there for Christmas.

    Thanks Wilma. Yea, it kind of summed up the day for me lol

  5. Premier Inns are obviously making plenty of profit Keith.

  6. HI Keith Well having written in your last post today I missed your viideo, I was very pleased to find one on this post. great selection of birds. Love your friendly Robin and great flight shot of geese. I agree with you about the lack of bells on bikes. I believe it is a legal requirement but who is there to see that it is carriied out!!!! So you are booking in to that hotel for Chritmas? Surely not!

  7. This place is a goldmine Roy.
    Busy all week, and weekends it's heaving, whatever the weather.

    Thanks Margaret. I thought it was a legal requirement for bells on bikes too. Mind you, the way some of them behave on the roads, they think the law doesn't apply to them.

  8. A day at Caldecotte, the the pub looks good, with the flour maker, ha ha. And there was so many birds, they have a need to go feed themselves.

  9. A busy morning at the lake Kieth...with lots of action to boot! Hope you got your shopping done without crowds!! Its hard to find a peaceful spot these days.

  10. Bob, the work on the pub is coming along quickly now. The birds seem to wait for me, so they can get fed. :-)

    Thanks Sondra. Shopping is a nightmare this time of year. I get most of mine online now.