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, 2 February 2014

2nd February 2014

A fine sunny start to the day, with a chilly wind.

That's the weather forecast out the way, what about the lake?
Well, it's still flooded, and even with wellingtons, I still couldn't wade through the water under the road bridge. I would need a boat; and there were plenty of them on the lake this morning.

I crossed the road, and had a quick look at the arm that goes behind the pub.

Plenty of Wigeon, a few Pochard and Coots swimming around. Some geese coming and going, and a few gulls. Mostly Black-headed.

The work on the pub is coming along; the roof pretty much finished now, and the woodwork looks complete on the end.

A Pied Wagtail was on the soggy grass in front of the pub, and a few Mallards swimming near the edge.

I crossed back over the road, and began making my way down the south lake.

At the far end I could hear a Kingfisher, but couldn't find him. Somewhere along the swollen river. I did see a young Grey Heron though, and spent some time taking a few pictures. A very co-operative bird.

When they are young, they don't seem to have the fear of humans quite so much. The fear must come with experience.

I eventually left him in peace, and carried on to find the Robin.
He soon spotted me, as did a couple of Crows, that have soon learnt that when I'm around, so is food.

The path alongside the rowing club is still under water, as is the path round the houses.

Back at the car park, a last look around by the footbridge, and a few shots of birds on sticks.

An enjoyable visit, as always.

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)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  30


  1. That is reasonable weather today. I can get the video here but it is awful slow.
    Young herons will pose. I wonder who ill treats them?
    It's not a bad place the pub. It's the best Premier Inn I've ever been to.
    I suggest you think about getting a punt. You could get one of those action cams that go on your head and really cause chaos with the proper boaters. You could get close enough to toss bread into their boats and then film them being mobbed by gulls.
    Just a thought.

  2. I like the idea of getting a punt and a loaf. Would make a great movie.

    I think with most animals Adrian, they have this in built thing to not trust humans.

  3. Normally your filming the Lake Keith, today you were in it.{:))
    When is this weather going to stop.?

  4. Roy, I figured I'd take a leaf out of Hitchcocks book, and do a cameo lol

  5. I think you have had a lot more of the wet stuff than here. I guess it will take days to percolate down from the hills, especially as there seems to be more to come.

  6. It's still flooded here now John, and no sign of it receding yet.