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



Sunday, 22 March 2015

My first Chiffchaff of the year, Oystercatchers and a Weed Dance



Big title .......... big day.


A cloudy start, but the sun began to break through, and now I'm home, it's shining.


A few gulls on the roost, and a couple of Greylag Geese as I passed under the road bridge, to make my way round the north lake.
On the far side I caught a glimpse of one of the Oystercatchers, searching for worms in the grass.


Lots of birdsong, and as I watched a couple of Canada Geese, (I didn't notice until I looked at the video that one appears to be eating a fish), I heard my first Chiffchaff of the year. First of many, hopefully.

Still some Wigeon around, along with some Tufted Duck.
Not much on the arm that goes behind the pub, and as I made my way towards the pub, a quick view of the pair of Oystercatchers before they took to the air, disturbed by the rowing club opening shop for the day.


A few Mallards flew over for some seed before I headed towards the south lake.



Another first for the year ............. Cowslip.





Looking amongst the grass, beside the edge of the lake, I could see masses of them, pushing through. Hopefully it won't get mowed before they have finished flowering.
Lots of Blackthorn in flower now too.





At the far end of the lake, I managed to see in the distance, a pair of Great Crested Grebes performing their weed dance. Another first for the year.


A couple of Redwing in the trees, as I made my way to feed the Robin, but no sign of any Pochard today. Maybe they've left.


Past the rowing club, and they were getting ready for a days boating, as I was getting ready to go home.




 Mallards




A great visit today. 









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)
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)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
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  30



Monday, 16 March 2015

Water Rail and Oystercatchers



Despite the crap weather; dull and raining, it wasn't a bad wander round this morning.


After feeding the Crows and Magpies with some seed, a couple of old rolls and a few grapes, I made my way towards the north lake.
As I got to the footbridge, running along the channel underneath, a Water Rail made a quick exit into the undergrowth.
Not the first time I've seen them at this spot, and a good start to the morning.


Chilly morning, and damp. I didn't bother with the usual camera today, so the two pictures I did take later, are not very good, but serve as a record of what I saw.



No sign of any Herons fishing under the footbridge further along, and no Cormorants fishing either. A few flew overhead, and more were on Cormorant island earlier.

Past the houses, and a Coot was spending a lot of time chasing a lone Tufted Duck across the water. I think the Tufted was cruising too near where the Coot was building his nest.

The gulls were slowly streaming overhead, as they were leaving the roost on the south lake, and a small group of Wigeon were grazing further along.


Round the arm, at the back of the pub, just a few Coots, Canada Geese, and a couple of Greylags. A Little Egret flew up from the edge of the river, and flew over the footpath ahead, before dropping back down to the river again.


On towards the pub, and just ahead, probing in the grass, were the pair of Oystercatchers.





 Back once again for another breeding season. Becoming quite regular now.




Before I reached the road bridge, to go to the south lake, a couple of Mallards came waddling over for some seed. Seems they haven't forgotten me. Neither had the Crows and Magpie, that were eagerly waiting for their chance too.


Some Reed Buntings in the reeds that edge the south lake, and a few grazing Canada Geese, one or two Black-headed Gulls flying over, and some Wood Pigeons.

I reached the far end of the lake, and made my way towards the railway arch.
Trevor had hinted that some work had been going on there.


Bloody hell! A channel dug along the edge of the field, a shiny metal fence, and more trees cut down.


I soon left, and made my way to feed the Robin.


A small group of Redwing were foraging under the bushes and a couple were in the trees.


A few Pochard still around, and a Great Crested Grebe was getting very protective of his mate, chasing away ............. eventually, another suitor.


Past the rowing club, (still raining), a Lesser Black-backed Gull was mixing with a group of Black-headed Gulls on one of the jetties.


Finally back at the car park, and half a dozen Moorhen running across the grass.



Not a bad 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)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Water Rail [sp] (Rallus aquaticus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
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 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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)


Total species  31



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.
Strange.
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