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

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Muggy Saturday 20th September 2014

Quite a miserable start to the day; and spots of rain too.

Days like this should be spent doing something more productive; or maybe my heart just wasn't in it this morning. I just walked the north lake, which wasn't very inspiring.

Chiffchaff are still calling from around the car park, and the Crows and Magpies made short work of the leftover bread I brought along.
A lot of leaves have fallen from the trees, and the island on the south lake, seemed very quiet. Mallards and Canada Geese mostly, and a few Cormorants flying in.

Back under the road bridge the usual gang of Mallards appeared, and a few Black-headed Gulls flying around overhead. No sign of any Common Terns though. About a week ago there were lots.

Towards the bandstand, and a Grey Heron flew out from under the footbridge.
As he flew out, a Kingfisher flew in, settling in the low branches somewhere.

Carrying on towards the wall of the dam, and the assembled gulls posing on the wall, a Green Woodpecker flew past, and settled on the trunk of a tree behind me.

Still spitting rain occasionally, and still very murky, I carried on towards the arm that goes behind the pub. Coots, a Little Grebe, Gadwall and increasing numbers of Wigeon.
Tufted Duck were circling around overhead. A sign the boats are out.

As I got near the pub, I could see the small armada, as it passed under the road bridge.

Quite an uneventful morning so far, so along with the crap weather too, I decided to head home. Always another day.

Crossing over the road bridge, to go back to the car, a Little Egret caught my eye, wading in the shallows, beside the bushes that run up towards the island.

Even he didn't stay long though, and was soon airborne, heading somewhere else.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)

Total species  21


  1. I enjoyed your walk even if you didn't.
    The weather has been pretty grim this week though I think you have sunshine heading your way.

  2. Keith, I think today is another one of those days best spent indoors sorting out all those photos?
    At least you gave it a go!...[;o)

  3. some days are like that, Keith. But, as Scarlett said "Tomorrow is another day." Cheers.

  4. I enjoyed watching the geese take off...they seemed to form the wedge pattern on the water before they flew! Your Little Egret is I think the equivalent of our Snowy Egret, there may be some various plumage, not sure on that ... the adult had those black legs with gold feet! Always fun to see. The zoom on your video camera is amazing!!

  5. Adrian, the sun arrived today. I couldn't be bothered to get up.

    Trevor, such a change today. The only cloud is over me.

    Thanks Wilma. :-)

    Thanks Sondra. The Snowy and Little are very similar, and the Snowy has been recorded in this country as a rarity in the past.

  6. Lots of fallen leaves here, lack of rain and low overnight temperatures.

  7. Yea, the year is marching on John; leaving me behind at times.