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, 13 November 2016

Bearded Tit again



A sunny start to the day, so we had a visit to the lake again, in the hope I could get some pictures of the Bearded Tit; if it was still around.


Lots of the usual birds about.


A couple of Little Egrets, and a very confiding Grey Heron.





But the real star of the day was this.




Yes, the Bearded Tit was still here, and I managed a very short bit of video, which didn't seem to focus too well.



Got some pictures though.








Very pleased, and Whisky had a great time too meeting so many other dogs this 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)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
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)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Bearded Tit [sp] (Panurus biarmicus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)


Total species  26


Friday, 11 November 2016

Bearded Tit





We started our usual morning walk around Kents Hill, Walton and Simpson, and because it was such a nice morning, I decided we'd go round Caldecotte Lake too.
A long walk, over 3 hours, but I'm glad I did.


As we walked past some reeds, a pinging sound stopped me in my tracks.

Was that a Bearded Tit I'd just heard?


There it was again. 


I only had my small camera with me, so I quickly set it to video, and aimed it at the reeds where the sound was coming from.
So glad I did, because after a short time, a single Bearded Tit flew up out of the reeds, over my head and into the sun, down towards some more reeds further along.


The first time I've seen one here in all the time I've been visiting.



Here's the very short video:









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)
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)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Bearded Tit [sp] (Panurus biarmicus)
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 Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  29


Thursday, 10 November 2016

Goosander



Well, it's been a very long time since I've done a blog post on here, so I thought today, I would rectify that.


We got here just after seven, and started to make our way round the north lake first. Dull and dismal, and a few spots of rain, but not to worry; on we went.
Lots of leaves have fallen from the trees now and cover the paths. A bit slippery in places when it's wet.


Up by the first footbridge where a Heron usually fishes, I noticed a Little Egret.
A small group of Cormorants were fishing nearby and I guess they were driving some of the fish towards the Egret.
As I began to cross over the bridge five Little Egrets flew out, circled round over the water and then settled back under the bridge.



Past the bandstand, and in its usual spot on the bank, a Grey Heron.






We made our way to the top end, and the wall of the dam, and on our way there Whisky met a few of the dogs he knows.
Lots of running and playing, before we carried on.


A few Wigeon on the water, some Coots, Mallards and a couple of Gadwall. Nothing like the usual numbers yet though.


Pass the pub, and a group of Mallards soon spotted me. They all flew over waiting to be fed. Lucky I had some seed with me.



The south lake next, with some Little Grebes swimming and diving along the edge, and a Cormorant lazing on one of the buoys.







At the far end a Heron was lurking by the waters edge, and quite a few Canada Geese cruising along.


I stood by the screen, and scanned through the flock of gulls that were on the water. All Black-headed Gulls.
A few Wigeon in the distance, and then I spotted a female Goosander.



 A lousy shot.




I made my way round to the other side, just in time to see it take flight.




Shy bird



Past the rowing club and a few more Coots, a couple of Little Grebe and a swan family.


In the bays in front of the houses a few more Wigeon, and not much else.

Out on one of the buoys a Common Gull, and over on Cormorant island ............. some Cormorants.


Not a bad morning.







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)
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)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)



Total species  29