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Thursday, 5 January 2017

5th January 2017

My third visit here this year, but the first blog post for 2017.

A cold, but sunny morning. Just getting light when we arrived, so not much to see.

We've had a few frosty mornings this year, so far, and most of the north lake is frozen, so not too many water birds to be seen. The usual Grey Herons around some of the edges where the reedbeds are, and a couple of Little Egrets under the usual footbridge.

Whisky met some of his old friends as we went round, and a couple of new ones too.
He had a great time running and playing with them, and rolling around in the frost.

The south lake wasn't quite so frozen, so there were more birds to see.
The sun was just beginning to show its golden glow by now too.

Quite a few Cormorants around.

There's always good numbers of Great Crested Grebe here, but a lucky shot of a pair flying from north lake to south lake.

 I don't often see them flying.

All the usual ducks; Wigeon, Gadwall,

Tufted and Pochard, and over by Cormorant island a couple of Teal. Don't seem to get many of them here.

When we eventually got back to the car park, I spent a bit of time trying to get some shots of the Magpies flying in the sun.

An enjoyable 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)
Common Teal [sp] (Anas crecca)
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)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
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)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  32


  1. That magopie's glowing rainbow tail is stunning!

    I've never ever seen a grebe in flight.

  2. Thanks Simon. The colours on a Magpie are often not noticed until the sun shines on them; a bit like Lapwings.

  3. Keith I do love walking round the lakes with you and seeing all the birds. There are ceertainly a lot of ducks on the lakes but we have not had that heavy frost that you are having. Stil relatively mild still here for the time of year The Mapie shots in flight sre stunning, HAe a good weekend with Whiskey

  4. That's the way to do it!...cracking Magpie shots Keith. Despite lots of attempts I still haven't got a decent photograph of one!...[;o)

  5. Thank you Margaret. I thought it was about time I did a post on here. Whisky always enjoys his visits here.

    Cheers Trev. Took a few shots to get these. Focusing was a nightmare.

  6. Those L/Egrets are sods Keith. You just can't get close to them.

  7. It's strange Roy, other people can walk over the footbridge, jog over it, and they don't move, but the minute I get near, they're off.