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Thursday, 6 November 2014

6th November 2014, frosty

First post for some time, although not my first visit since coming back from Wales.

Bonfire night last night, and unfortunately some rubbish left around by the car park by the lazy buggers that visit here.

Quite a frost this morning, chilly, but had the makings of a fine day.
I just walked the north lake today, so not as much seen as my visit yesterday. Still no sign of any Pochard yet, but plenty of other ducks around.
The Mallards were out in force, and managed to catch me three times for feeding.

Under the road bridge, a fleeting glimpse of a Kingfisher, and then a second one, further round, going past the pub.

The autumn colours were looking splendid in the sun, and making some great reflections in the water.


Up at the arm, round the back of the pub, the usual throng of Wigeon, Coot, a few Gadwall, and a big flock of Canada Geese, that dropped in.

Quite a group of them, and they stayed a while for a bath and drink .....

before heading off back to the nearby fields to feed.

Past the wall of the dam, and another Kingfisher flashed past, calling as he went.

Walking in the opposite direction to which I usually go, I had the sun in front of me at one point. Made for an interesting picture.

It wasn't long before I was back near the road bridge, opposite the pub, and I was quickly spotted by the Mallards again.

Must be the best fed ducks in MK

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)
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)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)

Total species  30


  1. You had lovely light and great autumn colours in the photos. I see from your video you have a lot of Canada Geese on the lake. Hope you are keeping well.

  2. Your local lake does better than mine - no gadwall or wigeon here, although we get pochard and goosander in winter

  3. Excellent Keith. Good to see you back.

    1. Cheers Adrian. I've neglected blogging for a while. Have to get back in the swing again.

  4. Thanks Margaret. Yea, the Canada Geese have done really well here this year; better than me lol
    I've not done much blogging recently.

    Thanks Simon. We get some good birds here sometimes. Yesterday had Teal and Shoveler, and still waiting for the Pochard to turn up. It's good for Goosander too; had 22 a couple of years ago.

  5. That beautiful golden light in your photos puts me in a lovely state of mind. Thanks!

  6. I love the big picture format awesome close up looks at your lake friends!! Love the deep colors of fall reflecting in the water...and Im looking forward to seeing the Pochard and Goosander when they arrive to your lake. Take Care!

  7. Thanks Wilma. We've had some beautiful mornings recently, but they soon cloud over.

    Thanks Sondra. Glad you like the new format. I fancied a change :-)

  8. A great shot of the Canada taking off Keith.

  9. Thanks Roy. It was great watching these geese while they preened and bathed.