Personal musings, wanderings and sightings from around the lake.
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Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me



Thursday, 1 January 2015

New day, new year



Compared to the last few days, it was quite mild; almost tropical.


No frost, but no sun. Dull and cloudy, a bit windy; not the best of mornings. Some good birds to start the year though.


A group of Redwing were leaving the roost by the car park, and a gathering of Magpies, waiting for some seed.


A walk round the north lake to begin. No sign of the Mallards, but a small group of Crows appeared. Very clever; they've worked out I have food.
After feeding them, I found the Mallards further along. I must get a bigger bag of food.


The Grey Heron was in his regular spot, under the footbridge, and so too was a Little Egret. Must be good fishing here, especially when the Cormorants are pushing the fish their way.

The two little channels of water nearby, are still a bit frozen, and up by the bandstand, the screaming call of a Water Rail again. No sign of him yet, but just a matter of time.


In the channel by the wall of the dam, a Grey Wagtail was searching for food, and on the arm that goes behind the pub, the usual Coot, Gadwall, Wigeon and a pair of Goosander.


Past the pub, and on the grass a couple of Pied Wagtails; and the Mallards again. Cheeky.


The south lake was very quiet; a few gulls, Tufted Duck, and a group of Canada Geese that flew in.


I fed the Robin, by the hide, and carried on past the rowing club. More gulls expecting food, some Coot in the bays in front of the houses, and a couple of Herring Gulls near Cormorant island.



Not a bad first days visit. A shame the weather wasn't better for pictures though.



Compared to the last few days, it was quite mild.

No frost, but no sun. Dull and cloudy, a bit windy; not the best of mornings. Some good birds to start the year though.


A group of Redwing were leaving the roost by the car park, and a gathering of Magpies, waiting for some seed.


A walk round the north lake to begin. No sign of the Mallards, but a small group of Crows appeared. Very clever; they've worked out I have food.
After feeding them, I found the Mallards further along. I must get a bigger bag of food.


The Grey Heron was in his regular spot, under the footbridge, and so too was a Little Egret. Must be good fishing here, especially when the Cormorants are pushing the fish their way.

The two little channels of water nearby, are still a bit frozen, and up by the bandstand, the screaming call of a Water Rail again. No sign of him yet, but just a matter of time.


In the channel by the wall of the dam, a Grey Wagtail was searching for food, and on the arm that goes behind the pub, the usual Coot, Gadwall, Wigeon and a pair of Goosander.


Past the pub, and on the grass a couple of Pied Wagtails; and the Mallards again. Cheeky.


The south lake was very quiet; a few gulls, Tufted Duck, and a group of Canada Geese that flew in.


I fed the Robin, by the hide, and carried on past the rowing club. More gulls expecting food, some Coot in the bays in front of the houses, and a couple of Herring Gulls near Cormorant island.



Not a bad first days visit. A shame the weather wasn't better for pictures though.








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)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
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 Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
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)
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)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)


Total species  36