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

Friday, 12 September 2014

Autumn marches on

A cloudy, misty start to the morning, which eventually cleared to let in some sunshine.

A very autumnal feel to the morning, as I set of round the north lake.
I came over here a couple of days ago, and noticed how many Common Terns were flying around the north and south lake; today, just a few, and they were keeping to the south lake.

The blue/green algae seems to be slowly clearing. Perhaps the floating zappers have been fixed.
Lots of Black-headed Gulls loafing around on the north lake, and the high pitched sound of Kingfisher, as it flew across to the bushes in front of the pub.

The small, very small, orange blob, just off center in the tree. One day I will get a half decent picture.

Quite a few Great Crested Grebes around on the lake, with their young.

Seems they've had a good breeding year.

Up at the top end, and the arm that goes round the back of the pub, a few more Wigeon have arrived, with some Gadwall. A lot of Coots up this end too, and the usual group of Cormorants relaxing on the boat.

Another blue flash over the water, as a second Kingfisher flew past.
A favourite spot of theirs up this end.

Past the pub, and under the road bridge, and over on the other side, two Grey Wagtails, searching for food along the waters edge.

Walking along the path down to the far end of the south lake, and a few of the Common Terns were visible as they dive bombed into the water for fish.
A Chiffchaff was calling from the bushes, and plenty of Cormorants flying overhead.
A couple of Grey Herons were noisily chasing each other across the water.

By now the sun was making a valiant effort to break through the cloud.
I left some seed for the Robin, who was keeping a watchful eye on me,

and out on the water, a small group of Shoveler,

along with Coots, Mallards, Gadwall, Wigeon and Tufted Duck.
Won't be long before the Pochard start to join them all.

Common Tern and Black-headed Gull were all flying around by the rowing club, searching for some fish.

Past the rowing club, and round by the houses, a couple of juvenile Grey Herons were stood on the edge of the path staring down into the water.

Might be easier to actually get in the water?

A few more Great Crested Grebes out on the water with their families, and then I was back at the car park; in sunshine.

A shame it didn't appear earlier in the morning.


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)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
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)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
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)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  33


  1. Brilliant. The young Robins here are just making that clicking noise.
    Juvenile Herons are very trusting. I have often wondered what makes them become wary.
    Another look at the lake I always enjoy it.

  2. The Grebes are awesome!! Loved that little clip and nice to see the wagtail again too. Have a fun weekend.

  3. I've a young Robin in the garden at the moment, laying claim to everything. Great little characters.

    Thanks Sondra. The area under the road bridge, is a favourite spot for the Grey Wagtails.

  4. With plenty to see, the lake didn't disappoint again Keith?
    Lovely light on the Robin...bit of a shifty look though!
    The Grebes look like they've got a busy time feeding those young?
    And I guess the Heron didn't want to get it's feet wet, they'd only just dried out from the last mealtime?...[;o)

  5. You are getting some really great shots of the Grey Herons these days.

  6. Must be Autumn as the Shovelers are back Keith.

  7. Apologies for late replies

    Thanks Trevor. I wonder when the next rarity will turn up.

    John, these juvenile Herons are very obliging. Like Adrian says, it's when they grow up, the fear kicks in for some reason.

    Lovely looking ducks these Shoveler. Teal and Pochard next Roy?