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

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Back from Wales, and more pruning done.

After a few weeks in north Wales, it was back to the lake today.

I see the chainsaw brigade have still been busy while I was away. All the willows along the edge of the reeds near the car park have been cut down, leaving it very open for when the Reed and Sedge Warblers arrive and begin nesting.
I suppose there is a very good reason for it though; especially during the nesting season.

A big gull roost on the south lake still, with a good selection of birds there.

Plenty of white blossom showing now on the Blackthorn. Spring is making its presence shown.

Still a few Wigeon around, and Pochard, and the group of Mallards spotted me as I made my way towards the pub on the north lake.

I did take a few pictures, but my computer decided to play up a bit when I got home.
It downloaded the video, but for some reason the picture files could not be accessed. It was the same when I tried to copy and past other pictures and documents.
I formatted the memory card, but this still didn't make any difference.
Last resort I ran a chkdisk on my hard drive, and it seems to have done the trick ......... for now.

A couple of fishermen, fishing on the south lake by the rowing club, and when I explained there was no fishing on this part of the lake, their reply was, "can't see any signs"

Maybe the Parks Trust could make some from all the trees and bushes they've hacked down.

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)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
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)
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)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
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 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)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  34


  1. Hi Keith. Good to see your post again. I often wonder who they ask before they start this severe. Pruning! Herons are probably nesting. Lovely to see all the other birds and squirrel on video. Have a good weekend.

  2. Thanks Margaret. I'm told it's done on a 5 year cycle. I know the years seem shorter as you get older, but this destruction happens annually on a grand scale.They seem more interested in the cosmetic side of things, than think of the wildlife. Such a shame.

  3. Welcome back Keith! Seems who ever is in charge does NOT take wildlife into consideration when they make these cuts...they are only thinking from the human point of view which to me is mismanagement!

  4. Welcome back Keith, I did try and forewarn you that the mad axe men had been a calling and had made a few changes around the patch in your absence? (did you go through the railway arch?!!)
    It's not all bad though at least there's still some birds around for you to point your camera at, that Song Thrush was doing a cracking job to cheer the day up!...[;o)

  5. Chain saw massacre - You must have the same idiots in charge down there as we have in the Parkland I walk Keith.

  6. Hi Keith.... Great to hear that crabby old gent's voice again. ; ) LOL I haven't been around much for some time,but would like to get back a bit more!
    I fear it is a lot more about what the human world desires, than nature. Some lovely flowering going on, and soon a lot of green, so I would imagine it will look much better!
    What is it about "No Fishing" that they don't understand !


  7. Nothing changes with the chainsaw and strimmer brigade. You still have a good selection of birds.

  8. Sondra, totally agree. The wildlife has no consideration with this butchering, it's purely cosmetic; pleasing to some humans eye.

    I didn't venture through the arch Trevor; next time. I dread to think what's happened through there.

    Wanton destruction of habitat isn't it Roy. So sad to see, especially with the nesting season here.

    Thanks Grace, and good to see you back too. :-)
    The 'no fishing' is something they choose not to understand. A shame the Parks Trust don't enforce it properly.

    Thank you Adrian. It's a wonder there's anything left for them to cut down.
    Can always guarantee a good selection of birdlife here, even if the local birders are blind to it.