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



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


Friday, 12 September 2014

Autumn marches on



A cloudy, misty start to the morning, which eventually cleared to let in some sunshine.



A very autumnal feel to the morning, as I set of round the north lake.
I came over here a couple of days ago, and noticed how many Common Terns were flying around the north and south lake; today, just a few, and they were keeping to the south lake.



The blue/green algae seems to be slowly clearing. Perhaps the floating zappers have been fixed.
Lots of Black-headed Gulls loafing around on the north lake, and the high pitched sound of Kingfisher, as it flew across to the bushes in front of the pub.




The small, very small, orange blob, just off center in the tree. One day I will get a half decent picture.



Quite a few Great Crested Grebes around on the lake, with their young.









Seems they've had a good breeding year.




Up at the top end, and the arm that goes round the back of the pub, a few more Wigeon have arrived, with some Gadwall. A lot of Coots up this end too, and the usual group of Cormorants relaxing on the boat.


Another blue flash over the water, as a second Kingfisher flew past.
A favourite spot of theirs up this end.



Past the pub, and under the road bridge, and over on the other side, two Grey Wagtails, searching for food along the waters edge.





Walking along the path down to the far end of the south lake, and a few of the Common Terns were visible as they dive bombed into the water for fish.
A Chiffchaff was calling from the bushes, and plenty of Cormorants flying overhead.
A couple of Grey Herons were noisily chasing each other across the water.


By now the sun was making a valiant effort to break through the cloud.
I left some seed for the Robin, who was keeping a watchful eye on me,





and out on the water, a small group of Shoveler,




along with Coots, Mallards, Gadwall, Wigeon and Tufted Duck.
Won't be long before the Pochard start to join them all.


Common Tern and Black-headed Gull were all flying around by the rowing club, searching for some fish.






Past the rowing club, and round by the houses, a couple of juvenile Grey Herons were stood on the edge of the path staring down into the water.





Might be easier to actually get in the water?



A few more Great Crested Grebes out on the water with their families, and then I was back at the car park; in sunshine.



A shame it didn't appear earlier in the morning.


  


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)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
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)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
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)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
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)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  33



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