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



Friday, 26 February 2016

Oystercatcher



The first post on here for some time, and it will probably be the last for a little while, so an update type thing in a way.



Myself and Whisky have been visiting here daily for a couple of weeks now. He loves playing with all the dogs he meets on our visits and chasing after sticks.





The long staying Ferruginous Duck seems to have moved on now. A few days ago it had moved on to Mount Farm Lake nearby; about 2 minutes away as the duck flies.
Could still be there. I don't go chasing after birds however near they are. I leave that sort of thing to the Twatchers of the world, and county.



The Red Crested Pochard is still here though, mingling with some Mallards.
It will also feed on bread, so I'm guessing it's a pretty tame bird.



A 'wild' bird, that is quite tame, is this Robin.




 He will, on occasion, take seed from your hand; when he feels like it.



Here's a pair from yesterday.




I'm guessing a pair, because they are not trying to kill each other.





Lots of plants and shrubs are in flower at the moment. Lots of Dasies, Dandelions, Primroses, and this Lesser Celandine.







There has been some lovely sunny mornings recently.





Not sure how long that Dogwood is going to last, the chainsaw brigade are out in earnest all around MK at the moment.






Make quite a mess in the process too.






It's been good to see some blue sky, with lots of birds singing in the mornings.




Reed Bunting








Blue Tit









Lesser Redpoll





Now, to the title, Oystercatcher.

Yesterday morning, 25th, I saw one fly in over the road bridge, and head towards the island.
The last half dozen years they have nested here, and on checking my records, (I sound a bit anal there, like some sort of birder), I noticed that it was 3 days earlier than my previous 'early' sighting of 28th, back in 2012.
Today I saw it again, on one of the jetties on the north lake, amongst some Black-headed Gulls.
Hopefully they will be breeding again this year. Egg laying is usually from mid April onwards, so fingers crossed.



I've seen Mallards mating today, and yesterday, a weed dance by some Great Crested Grebes.








My first of this year.






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)
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
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)
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)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
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)

Total species  33




Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Ferruginous Duck in the sun.



That was a cold one this morning, quite a thick frost, but at least the sun was shining.





Whisky had a great time today playing with quite a few dogs he's got to know. Always good to see dogs getting on together and having fun.




A few Redwing around by the car park





and of course the Mallards under the road bridge waiting to be fed.




Lots of Tufted Duck on the north and south lake today,





along with quite a few Pochard.






Up at the arm behind the pub, no sign of any Wigeon, but a couple of Gadwall, Coots and of course Great Crested Grebe.




 Good numbers of these at the moment.




We made our way past the pub, and on towards the south lake.


The Mallards followed me round again, greedy lot, and 3 Crows have quickly learnt that seed is to be had here.



Quite a few Reed Buntings calling in the reeds on the way to the far end, but no sign of any Kingfishers today.


A quick scan from the screen revealed plenty of Black-headed Gulls, Coots, Tufted Duck and Mallards.
Then I saw him, the Ferruginous Duck.




 Looking splendid in the sun.



He hasn't been around for a few days, he'd flown to another lake nearby, but today he came back. So glad he did, especially in the sunlight.





He drifted around a bit, over to the island, then back and settled with some Mallards for a while.





A few more pictures as he drifted around in the sun





and then he was gone. Not sure if he'd gone into the reeds, but I couldn't find him after that.





We carried on towards the bays in front of the houses. Someone had come out to feed the ducks, so it's always good to get some flight shot practice.








A quick look round the bay, and there was the long staying Red Crested Pochard.






A few pictures in the sunlight, and then off for some breakfast.











Full list of today's sightings


Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca)
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)
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)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  36





Thursday, 11 February 2016

Goosander, Water Rail, Red Crested Pochard and the return of the Ferruginous Duck.



Big title, big day.


A cold and frosty start and sunshine too.





At the top end of the north lake a couple of Little Egrets were flying around, and the river Ouzel was bathed in sunlight.






On the arm that goes behind the pub, all looked very quiet. No Wigeon, and just a few Mallards. Not surprising really because all this week there has been a lot of boat activity. Powered dinghy's teararsing around like they were on the open sea, and even a large 'dragon boat' type thing up and down this stretch.
It wasn't until I got round the other side that I noticed some Goosanders. They must have just flown in.




Three male, and one female.




The female spent a lot of time prone on top of the water for a while, but the boys were just not interested.





I watched them for a while and took a few pictures.







A couple of Mallards posed too in the sunlight.







I walked on towards the pub, and another group flew over to meet us.







They wanted feeding.




Onto the south lake; still sunny, but not very warm yet.


Over the last few days there has been a Ferruginous Duck here. A real treat to see, but sadly, yesterday, it left and went to another lake nearby.



However, today, it had returned to its usual spot.





 Nice to see it in the sunshine; just a shame it was so far away.




A few more pictures taken, and then I noticed something in the background walking along the edge of the island.





 Top left, a Water Rail.





Past the rowing club, and up towards the houses with the bays in front.

Would the Red Crested Pochard be there still?





 Certainly was, and looking great in the sun.




We finished off a great mornings walk with a couple of Canada Geese







and then headed for home, and breakfast.




Short video









Full list of today's sightings


Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina)
Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca)
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 Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Water Rail [sp] (Rallus aquaticus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
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)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
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)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  39






Friday, 5 February 2016

Ferruginous Duck



Myself, Whisky and Trevor, took a walk round the lake this morning.



I'd received an e-mail last night from someone who lives by the lake, that he'd seen a rather special duck there yesterday.

Just had to go and look.





A rather stunning male Ferruginous Duck.










A real treat to see. We spent a few hours there this morning photographing this beauty.







And some video too.







A bit of an overload of pictures this post, but it was a rather special duck.





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)
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina)
Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca)
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 Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
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)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
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)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  37





Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Red Crested Pochard




Dull and cloudy to start, few spots of rain here and there, and by the time we were headed home, the sun came out. Oh well.


Whisky had a great time today. He met a few dogs that he knows, and he wore himself out.


There were some good birds today too.

By the car park a Song Thrush was singing heartily, while down below a Redwing was foraging in the leaf litter.





In between a party of Long Tailed Tits were sweeping through the branches.



Under the road bridge, and on towards the north lake, and the gang of Mallards spotted me; so a quick feed for them, and we carried on.


We soon met up with Whisky's 'friends', so not many pictures or video for a while.


At the top end of the north lake, a Little Egret was along the side of the river, and a Little Grebe was swimming around amongst the Coots and Wigeon on the lake.




On towards the south lake, and I found my first Cowslip of the year pushing its way through the grass.


At the far end a Kingfisher, and after feeding the Robin, we made our way towards the car park.


And, there it was; a Red Crested Pochard.






Took a few pictures, and then as we almost reached the car park, the sun came out.



A quick look round the bushes opposite the car park, and we found this Robin happy to pose in the sunshine.






Great visit, as always.










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)
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina)
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)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
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)
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)
British Coal Tit (Periparus ater britannicus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  33