Personal musings, wanderings and sightings from around the lake.
A little history, and about the lake, at the bottom of the page.

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



Friday, 7 February 2014

Tree fellers and a pair of Goosander



A late visit to the lake today; it was raining this morning for a change.



The water level is up a lot higher now. Probably the highest it's been this year.
The only way to walk over to the north lake was by crossing the road, so off I set.


A group of gulls were on one of the boat jetties. Mostly Black-headed, a couple of Common Gulls, and a Herring Gull.





A Green Woodpecker was searching in the wet grass, and up at the top end, on the arm that goes behind the pub, a pair of Goosander, looking very fetching in the sunlight.





A few Wigeon, Coot and Pochard made up the rest of the numbers.
The gully is still flooded; the water making one big lake with the river at the moment.





I left there, and headed back across the road, and round to the south lake.



A quick glimpse of a Little Grebe along the edge, in the submerged bushes, a small group of Pochard,





and a group of Canada Geese bathing at the far end, were the main highlights.



The grass at the bottom is flooded, and it's like a river under the railway arch.
A Buzzard was flying overhead, but not easy to get pictures through the tree tops.
A party of Long Tailed Tits were equally difficult to get pictures of, so I made my way to where the Robin usually is.
He met me as I walked down the path, and a couple of Crows soon joined him, for some seed.


Past the rowing club, and I couldn't resist taking this picture.




Good to see anarchy isn't dead.



Round by the houses, and the water seems quite high there, lapping around the newly planted trees.
The family of Mute Swans were gathered by the edge of the lake, as someone was feeding them some bread.

By the time I'd reached the car park, the sun was beginning to hide behind the clouds that were quickly gathering.



Not a bad walk.










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)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
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)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)


Total species  31


Sunday, 2 February 2014

2nd February 2014



A fine sunny start to the day, with a chilly wind.


That's the weather forecast out the way, what about the lake?
Well, it's still flooded, and even with wellingtons, I still couldn't wade through the water under the road bridge. I would need a boat; and there were plenty of them on the lake this morning.


I crossed the road, and had a quick look at the arm that goes behind the pub.


Plenty of Wigeon, a few Pochard and Coots swimming around. Some geese coming and going, and a few gulls. Mostly Black-headed.

The work on the pub is coming along; the roof pretty much finished now, and the woodwork looks complete on the end.

A Pied Wagtail was on the soggy grass in front of the pub, and a few Mallards swimming near the edge.


I crossed back over the road, and began making my way down the south lake.



At the far end I could hear a Kingfisher, but couldn't find him. Somewhere along the swollen river. I did see a young Grey Heron though, and spent some time taking a few pictures. A very co-operative bird.






When they are young, they don't seem to have the fear of humans quite so much. The fear must come with experience.


I eventually left him in peace, and carried on to find the Robin.
He soon spotted me, as did a couple of Crows, that have soon learnt that when I'm around, so is food.

The path alongside the rowing club is still under water, as is the path round the houses.


Back at the car park, a last look around by the footbridge, and a few shots of birds on sticks.





An enjoyable visit, as always.








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)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
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)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
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)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)


Total species  30