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

Friday, 7 February 2014

Tree fellers and a pair of Goosander

A late visit to the lake today; it was raining this morning for a change.

The water level is up a lot higher now. Probably the highest it's been this year.
The only way to walk over to the north lake was by crossing the road, so off I set.

A group of gulls were on one of the boat jetties. Mostly Black-headed, a couple of Common Gulls, and a Herring Gull.

A Green Woodpecker was searching in the wet grass, and up at the top end, on the arm that goes behind the pub, a pair of Goosander, looking very fetching in the sunlight.

A few Wigeon, Coot and Pochard made up the rest of the numbers.
The gully is still flooded; the water making one big lake with the river at the moment.

I left there, and headed back across the road, and round to the south lake.

A quick glimpse of a Little Grebe along the edge, in the submerged bushes, a small group of Pochard,

and a group of Canada Geese bathing at the far end, were the main highlights.

The grass at the bottom is flooded, and it's like a river under the railway arch.
A Buzzard was flying overhead, but not easy to get pictures through the tree tops.
A party of Long Tailed Tits were equally difficult to get pictures of, so I made my way to where the Robin usually is.
He met me as I walked down the path, and a couple of Crows soon joined him, for some seed.

Past the rowing club, and I couldn't resist taking this picture.

Good to see anarchy isn't dead.

Round by the houses, and the water seems quite high there, lapping around the newly planted trees.
The family of Mute Swans were gathered by the edge of the lake, as someone was feeding them some bread.

By the time I'd reached the car park, the sun was beginning to hide behind the clouds that were quickly gathering.

Not a bad walk.

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)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
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)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
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)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  31


  1. Another great look round.
    It only seems a year or eighteen months since the lake was drained.
    It is such a small country we live in but managed by idiots.

  2. Much against the current trend the sun put in a welcome appearance for your walk around (part!) of the lake today Keith.
    I've got to say that to hear phrases like "well I made it to the other side" are really worrying when you've just tackled crossing that
    Seeing those chopped down trees I couldn't help wondering if maybe someone might be preparing to build an ark?
    Nice to see the Goosander showing well in the sunlight...[;o)

  3. Adrian, you're right about the idiots. I think students could do a better job.

    Trev, that road is like a race track at times. A nightmare.

  4. I love the video, and the pub, wow, it's big. All the birds are in an ecstatic.

  5. I think your right about the Perch Keith. Those idiots that cut down the trees have been up to the Parkland I walk around and done exactly the same. Why do they do it, a great swathe of trees and bushes have been removed. Crazy.

  6. HI Keith Good to go for a wander round the lake with you and great to see the Goosander. Have a great weekend and hope the weather enables you to get out.

  7. The car owner seem so typical of many these days - any notice applies to every one else, not to me guv.

    I enjoyed watching the geese having their morning wash and brush up.

  8. You had some awesome light on your photos today Keith. Im off to watch the video now hope your Monday is off and running!

  9. Thanks Bob. The pub will be huge when it's finished. Business must be good.

    Roy, humans sadden me more and more every day. The thinking of some of them defies logic.

    Thanks Margaret. Between the showers I had a couple of hours here.

    Thank you John. I love watching geese just do what they do. :-)

    Thanks Sondra. Hope you enjoy the video. :-)