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

Monday, 28 September 2015

Common Sandpiper and Others

My first visit to the lake for a long time, and even longer since doing a blog post.

The morning started very foggy and difficult to see very much. A few Tufted Duck on the water,

and lots of Great Crested Grebes around. Coots seemed to be the most numerous birds and quite a few Black-headed Gulls flying around too.

Down by the wall of the dam, a big row of them, standing and preening.

As I walked up the steps, I found some mushrooms growing amongst the wooden risers.

 A perfect autumn colour; whatever they are.

The trees are beginning to get their golden coats of autumn now and I imagine it won't be long before the winter birds start to arrive.

 A shot of the ubiquitous spider web covered in misty water droplets.

At the top end of the north lake, I heard the unmistakeable sound of a Wigeon, and after a bit of searching, the now clearer view of the lake as the fog began lifting, I found him.

The first of soon to be many, no doubt.

A couple of Gadwall too, and a Little Grebe.

Past the pub, and I began taking a few pictures of a very obliging Crow.

By the time I'd reached the south lake, the sun was shining strongly; the only mist visible was a long way off in the distance.

A couple of Herons, and more Coots, and when I reached the far end, by the bird pallets, a couple of Little Grebe to break the monotony of Coots.

Past the rowing club, and on towards the houses.

Up on the grass bank, something caught my eye. A Common Sandpiper, busily feeding, and totally oblivious to my presence.

After my fill of pictures, it was back towards the car park, and home.

An enjoyable walk.

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)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  29