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

Friday, 5 December 2014

5th December 2014

First visit since getting back from Wales; and a chilly one.

Since it is December, I suppose we should expect a bit cooler weather now. The sunrise wasn't too bad.

Quite a big gull roost this morning, with a good mix amongst them.
The Mallards found me under the road bridge as I made my way round the north lake. A Grey Wagtail put in an appearance too, but the light wasn't good enough for pictures.

The Grey Heron was in his usual spot under the footbridge, and plenty of Cormorants out on the water fishing.

Up by the dam, and the arm that goes behind the pub, a big gathering of Canada and Greylag Geese. Wigeon, Gadwall, Tufted Duck and Pochard too.

By the time I made my way to the south lake, the temperature was falling quickly, and it was getting dull, after the early sun.
A few gulls left from the roost, half a dozen Tufted Duck, and a couple of Grey Herons was all that was visible.

Towards the rowing club, and a lone Little Egret was over by the island.

Soon back at the car park, and the weather had worsened, with a light drizzle in the air.

Snow soon?

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)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
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)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  32


  1. Thats a great header image Keith. A Grey Heron that obeys the rules.
    You did well to pick that Kingfisher out in the murk.

  2. Welcome back Keith. What a pity that the early promise of a nice bright day didn't seem to hold out?

    I did my best to keep your Mallard buddies in 'full training' while you were seems to have worked okay?...[;o)

  3. Good to see you back. I don't know how you spotted the Kingfisher.

  4. HI Keith So I see you are back for a while from your beloved Wales. I am sure you do not get that traffic sounds in Wales on your walks. It was great that you spotted that Kingfisher so far away. You certainly saw quite a lot of birds on both of lakes. Have a great weekend.

  5. The lake looks great...the mallards were excited to see you..even the old kingfisher made an appearance! have a great weekend.

  6. Thanks Roy. A quirky header :-)

    Cheers Trevor. Amazes me how they seem to remember.

    Thanks Adrian. No magic involved with the Kingfisher; it's one of its favoured spots.

    Thanks Margaret. Yea, very different to Wales. Traffic noise instead of sheep bleating. :-)

    Thank you Sondra. A pretty good first visit after being away for a while.