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

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

September already

A cloudy start to the morning, but it soon brightened up.

A quick look at the south lake first, and I could see the remnants of a small gull roost as it slowly dispersed. Mostly Black-headed Gulls and Lesser Black-backed Gulls could be seen, but I'm guessing a few other types in there too. Have to make an early visit one day to get a better look.

Water levels are still low, and as I made my way to the north lake, a lot of activity from the Canada Geese. Plenty of them, but strangely no Greylags around; yet.

The green water of the lake looks pretty disgusting in places. I thought the two floating raft things, (one north and one south), were controlling it at one time. Maybe they've been switched off for some reason.

Up by the weir, a pair of Kingfishers again. A shame they don't stay still long enough for a picture or two.
Walking past the pub, a Chiffchaff was calling from one of the bushes along the edge of the lake, and a large flock of Starlings were swirling around the grass.

On towards the south lake, and a couple of Whitethroat were in some bushes, and what I thought was a Garden Warbler. Certainly looked like one, but couldn't be 100% certain on it.

Past the rowing club, and plenty of Common Terns diving into the water for fish.
As I made my way round the big houses at the lake side, I could see the Great Crested Grebes with two young.

Pretty certain these are the pair that had so much trouble with their nesting site earlier.
If it is them, it's good to see they were finally successful.
One of the adults came back with a small fish,

but neither of the young ones seemed that bothered.

Maybe too early for breakfast for them.

Back at the car park, and the sun was now shining.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)

Total species  29


  1. Great footage of the Grebe family.
    That lake does look a bit nasty.

  2. So good to see the GCBs were successful in the end.

  3. It looks like a toxic pool at the moment Adrian.

    Thanks Wilma. They certainly tried hard enough.

  4. Im glad that pair have the 2 young...its awesome! I hope the lake gets cleared up soon...We have had so much rain many have water levels drop to make sure the damns don't burst.

  5. Well, I have never known GC Grebe chicks to refuse food before Keith.{:))
    We are the opposite up here, quite a few Greylag already, but hardly any Canada geese.

  6. Sondra, this lake goes from one extreme to the other; low water or flooded. It's a wonder any wildlife stay round here.

    First time I've seen Grebe chicks refuse too Roy.

  7. As I get older the years seem to flash by faster and faster.

  8. Along with places that I walk to John, that seem to get longer.