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



Thursday, 18 December 2014

4 Goosander



A dull, windy walk round the lake today, and very mild too.


No chance of a decent sunrise this morning, far too cloudy. It was difficult to pick out much from the gull roost either. Could do with a searchlight on mornings like this.



A few Redwings left their roost, 'tseeping' as they flew overhead.


No sign of the Mallards under the road bridge, so I soon made my way to the footbridge favoured by the Heron. He was sharing this morning, with a Little Egret.
It must be a good spot for fish, because a group of Cormorants frequently fish there, which in turn stirs up the fish near the footbridge, which then makes easy pickings for the waiting Heron. Clever these birds.


Not much up by the wall of the dam, save for a few gulls, so I quickly made my way towards the arm that goes at the back of the pub.
Usually a few birds here, and yesterday there were 3 Goosanders reported.
(Sunday there were seven flying around, but with the disruption from the weekend boats, they didn't land.)
Not been so many, so far this year. I think it's because it has been so mild, maybe they're staying on the rivers; anyway, what do I know.


As I climbed the steps, and reached the top, I could see four. Three males and a female.





A lot of Canada Geese there too, and above the noise of the wind, I could hear them getting ready for take-off.






It wasn't long before the Goosanders had the same idea too.





Past the pub, and the Mallards decided to seek me out. I fed them, and made my way towards the road bridge, and the south lake. Followed by three Crows, so they had a few handfuls of seed too.
At this rate, I'm going to have to bring a sack of bird food with me.


South lake was pretty quiet; but the hedge trimmers have been out in force, laying waste to anything that doesn't move. Brambles and shrubs, sadly no more.


A few Wigeon in the bays in front of the houses, and that was about it.


Dry, but very windy.













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)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Kestrel [sp] (Falco tinnunculus)
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)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
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)

Total species  27



Saturday, 13 December 2014

Bullfinch Bonanza



Cold frosty start to the day; and busy.


A big group of gulls on the roost this morning, but too dark to pick out anything special from the noisy throng.


Under the road bridge, and heading round the north lake, I was quickly met by a bunch of noisy Mallards. Feeding time.



Under the footbridge, the Grey Heron was in his usual spot, scooping up the smaller fish that the Cormorant party disperse. A small mixed tit flock was working its way through the bushes, and a distant Song Thrush was singing, as he staked out his winter territory.


A lot of geese on the lake this morning ............... and boats.


Up at the wall of the dam, the sun was beginning its climb up,




and some of the boats looked to be lining up for a race.


The arm at the back of the pub had a few Wigeon, Gadwall and Tufted, and the geese were noisily coming and going.





A marathon race was about to start too.



Towards the pub, and the Mallard gang caught me three times for some food.




They don't give in easily, following me round past the pub, and under the road bridge.
It must look quite a sight.



Down towards the bottom of the south lake, and a couple of Little Grebe were doing their best to avoid the boats; and my camera.





At the footbridge over the river, near the bottom of the south lake, a quick look through the bushes, and I found a couple of Bullfinches.




Always good to see these birds, but they were not co-operating much for pictures.



A small group of Fieldfare were chattering in the trees nearby ..... even more un co-operative.


Down to see the Robin, and leave him some food, and then I was soon making my way past the rowing club.

The marathon was in full swing by now, and plenty of boats up and down the lake.
Even some kayaks in and out of the bays, annoying the few Wigeon that had decided to stay.





It's a wonder there were any birds at all. 


 






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)
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 Kestrel [sp] (Falco tinnunculus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
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)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)


Total species  34


Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Bit cold today.



Tried to get the sunrise this morning, but it was a non event compared to the one I missed yesterday. Oh well.




The video is very short too. It was so windy on the microphone, it wasn't worth saving most of it.


Whilst watching the pathetic sunrise, I did manage to see a couple of Fieldfare, and then later, a group of Redwing.






Quite a large flock of Long Tailed Tits were in the trees,




and a couple of Goldcrests chasing each other through the branches.
Too quick to capture with the camera though.


The Mallard gang caught up with me once I reached the north lake, and still followed me down the path after being fed.

No sign of the Red Breasted Merganser this morning; a shame when there's some sunshine available.

Plenty of Grey Herons about. Some quietly fishing, and others using up energy flying around.




A lot of Cormorants





and Great Crested Grebes on the lake today as well; and a bunch of marathon runners thundering round too.

On a Wednesday?









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)
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)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
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)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
Goldcrest [sp] (Regulus regulus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  32




Saturday, 6 December 2014

Sawbills



Just the one bird featured today ............ and what a bird.


Trevor e-mailed me over a week ago while I was in Wales, to say he'd found a Red Breasted Merganser at the lake.

I've seen plenty of these birds before along the coast in Wales, but never inland. That's usually their close relative the Goosander that pops up this time of the year on lakes and flooded pits inland. (They also appear around the coast too.)
Never seen one inland, and certainly not at Caldecotte Lake.
Yesterday I didn't see it, and so thought maybe it had gone.
This morning was cold and frosty, with the promise of some sun. I had to have a quick visit, just in case, despite it being a weekend, and boats on the lake.
I also had to get back pretty quick for a parcel delivery today too.

Anyway, I made my way to the 'favoured' spot, and there he was.
I took an obscene amount of pictures, sadly not all in glorious sunshine, and while I was there, a male Goosander flew overhead too, hence the plural title.
Great visit.









and the Goosander






and a short bit of video to finish with.












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)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
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)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)


Total species 26



Friday, 5 December 2014

5th December 2014



First visit since getting back from Wales; and a chilly one.


Since it is December, I suppose we should expect a bit cooler weather now. The sunrise wasn't too bad.





Quite a big gull roost this morning, with a good mix amongst them.
The Mallards found me under the road bridge as I made my way round the north lake. A Grey Wagtail put in an appearance too, but the light wasn't good enough for pictures.


The Grey Heron was in his usual spot under the footbridge, and plenty of Cormorants out on the water fishing.

Up by the dam, and the arm that goes behind the pub, a big gathering of Canada and Greylag Geese. Wigeon, Gadwall, Tufted Duck and Pochard too.


By the time I made my way to the south lake, the temperature was falling quickly, and it was getting dull, after the early sun.
A few gulls left from the roost, half a dozen Tufted Duck, and a couple of Grey Herons was all that was visible.

Towards the rowing club, and a lone Little Egret was over by the island.

Soon back at the car park, and the weather had worsened, with a light drizzle in the air.


Snow soon?








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)
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)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
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)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)


Total species  32



Thursday, 6 November 2014

6th November 2014, frosty





First post for some time, although not my first visit since coming back from Wales.


Bonfire night last night, and unfortunately some rubbish left around by the car park by the lazy buggers that visit here.


Quite a frost this morning, chilly, but had the makings of a fine day.
I just walked the north lake today, so not as much seen as my visit yesterday. Still no sign of any Pochard yet, but plenty of other ducks around.
The Mallards were out in force, and managed to catch me three times for feeding.


Under the road bridge, a fleeting glimpse of a Kingfisher, and then a second one, further round, going past the pub.


The autumn colours were looking splendid in the sun, and making some great reflections in the water.


 Coot



Up at the arm, round the back of the pub, the usual throng of Wigeon, Coot, a few Gadwall, and a big flock of Canada Geese, that dropped in.




Quite a group of them, and they stayed a while for a bath and drink .....





before heading off back to the nearby fields to feed.





Past the wall of the dam, and another Kingfisher flashed past, calling as he went.



Walking in the opposite direction to which I usually go, I had the sun in front of me at one point. Made for an interesting picture.





It wasn't long before I was back near the road bridge, opposite the pub, and I was quickly spotted by the Mallards again.




Must be the best fed ducks in MK









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)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
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)
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 Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)


Total species  30



Saturday, 20 September 2014

Muggy Saturday 20th September 2014




Quite a miserable start to the day; and spots of rain too.


Days like this should be spent doing something more productive; or maybe my heart just wasn't in it this morning. I just walked the north lake, which wasn't very inspiring.


Chiffchaff are still calling from around the car park, and the Crows and Magpies made short work of the leftover bread I brought along.
A lot of leaves have fallen from the trees, and the island on the south lake, seemed very quiet. Mallards and Canada Geese mostly, and a few Cormorants flying in.

Back under the road bridge the usual gang of Mallards appeared, and a few Black-headed Gulls flying around overhead. No sign of any Common Terns though. About a week ago there were lots.

Towards the bandstand, and a Grey Heron flew out from under the footbridge.
As he flew out, a Kingfisher flew in, settling in the low branches somewhere.


Carrying on towards the wall of the dam, and the assembled gulls posing on the wall, a Green Woodpecker flew past, and settled on the trunk of a tree behind me.

Still spitting rain occasionally, and still very murky, I carried on towards the arm that goes behind the pub. Coots, a Little Grebe, Gadwall and increasing numbers of Wigeon.
Tufted Duck were circling around overhead. A sign the boats are out.


As I got near the pub, I could see the small armada, as it passed under the road bridge.


Quite an uneventful morning so far, so along with the crap weather too, I decided to head home. Always another day.

Crossing over the road bridge, to go back to the car, a Little Egret caught my eye, wading in the shallows, beside the bushes that run up towards the island.



Even he didn't stay long though, and was soon airborne, heading somewhere else.











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)
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 Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)


Total species  21