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, 31 October 2010

Some Black Magic for Halloween

In the shape of the Black Swan. He’s turned up this morning, and sounding very vocal. Swimming around calling, and sounded very soulful. Good to see him.



Plenty of Mute Swans to keep him company, lots of Wigeon, an army of Coots, Black-headed Gulls building numbers daily, Tufted Duck outnumber the Mallard, I would think, and Greylag and Canada Geese keep the north lake looking busy.
And the Red Crested Pochard is still there, amongst all and sundry.



Three Kingfishers around the lake, Redwings at the car park, along with Greenfinches, Bullfinches, Blackbirds, Blue Tits, Great Tits and just about every other regular. And the lone Shoveler still at the south lake; all this despite the rowing club up and down the lake, with their armada of boats, joggers pounding the paths, and a few fishermen dotted around.
And speaking of fishermen; the Cormorants getting their usual harassment from the Black-headed Gulls.


I’m sure that Cormorant on the left was swearing.


Well, that's 50 posts already! Think it might slow down a little now work is on the horizon.


Full list of today’s sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)

Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)

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)

Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina)

Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)

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 Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)

Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)

Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)

British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)

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)

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)

European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)

British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)

Total species  34

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Weekend

A sunny morning, and a pleasant stroll round the lake. There seems to be quite a few young Blackbirds around the car park, along with the Redwings; and all round the lake I noticed just how many Blue Tits seem to be around. Must have been a good breeding year for a lot of birds.

Hundreds, and I mean hundreds, of Black-headed Gulls and Lesser Black-backed Gulls were on the south lake this morning. It must have been a popular roost spot last night. They were slowly peeling off from the water, and quite a spectacle to watch.
Big numbers of Wood Pigeons flying overhead this morning too.

On the water, the lone Red Crested Pochard, still enjoying himself at the north lake, along with Tufted Duck and Wigeon. Three Kingfishers seen this morning, and at the south lake, the Little Grebes and Gadwall still in good numbers.



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)
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 Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
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)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
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 Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)

Total species  33

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Better late than never

Is it? 
Not so sure.

Had a hectic day today; tried to get a doctors appointment this morning……failed; the one I wanted to see was busy. I’ll try again Monday.
A meeting at work, to see when I’m going back……..hopefully next Wednesday.
A late walk round the lake……….it all seemed so different.
And then I went shopping.

So, the lake; and the birds. Well, the Red Crested Pochard is still there, with plenty of Wigeon and Tufted Duck. The Shoveler on the south lake, but no sign of the Little Grebes; maybe they were just hiding.
Lots of Black-headed Gulls around, and there were quite a few flying in this afternoon too. I think they all gather on the south lake overnight. There were about 30 Lesser Black-backed Gulls bobbing about on the water, and a lone Lapwing sat on one of the boat jetties.
Canada Geese and Greylags, Mute Swans,



Herons, Blackbirds and Robins. Nothing new at all, apart from some Greenfinches by the car park. Not seen any of those here for a while.

We’ll see what tomorrow brings.


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)
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
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)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
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 Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)

Total species  31

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Wednesday

A cloudy and fairly windy morning, as I walked round today. The usual suspects about on the lake; Wigeon, Gadwall, Tufted Duck………and the handsome male Red Crested Pochard still there.

A couple of hundred Black-headed Gulls were the main event first thing this morning. Flying, and twisting in the wind, before they gradually dispersed to wherever they spend the day. Still plenty left around the lake though, along with armies of Coots, and Tufted Ducks.

No sign of any Kingfishers this morning, but entertaining to watch a Crow escorting a Sparrowhawk away from the lake.
A couple of Green Woodpeckers, flying around, laughing as they go, about a dozen Pied Wagtails at the front of the pub, (still getting its face-lift), and the Redwings round the car park still.

And a thought I had today. I’ve never seen, to my knowledge, notes, or pictures, any Teal here. 
Strange. I wonder if any will be about 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)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina)
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)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
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)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)

Total species  33
 

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

You can’t keep a good man, or duck, down.

Good to see one of the Red Crested Pochards back this morning, in his usual spot.


Not the best of pictures, he was a long way off; but good to see him back.


Plenty of Gadwall on the lake today, both north and south; and half a dozen Common Pochard on the south lake, with about 30 Tufted Duck. Shoveler and Little Grebe still there too.

I was thinking today, maybe we’ll have the first nesting Herons next year. I reckon quite possible, on the island at the south lake.

A very different day today with the weather; no frost first thing, just very cloudy, and rain later. Certainly not so many birds seen this morning.

And the pub is getting a face-lift. Lots of busy workmen with brushes in their hands.


 Well, one; the rest were busy watching.


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)
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
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 Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)

Total species  29

Monday, 25 October 2010

Gone

A cold, frosty morning, but sunny. It looked promising.

It wasn’t.

After the fishermen putting the group of ducks up in the air the other day, the Red Crested Pochard are nowhere to be seen. Most of the Wigeon have scattered too, and just a couple of Common Pochard left at the north lake.
And worse to come.

As I got near the pub this morning, I noticed a Black-headed Gull flying up on the bank, dropping down on one leg, and then flying back into the water. I stopped and watched, as he did it again. I slowly moved closer, when he dropped into the water.

Then I saw the reason for this strange behaviour.
Fishing line was caught round his leg, about a three foot length, and the other end attached to some chains that hold tires round the edge of this part of the lake. 
And worse………another gull was tangled in the line, and stuck at the side.

I reached down to free the one stuck at the side first.
A peck on the back of my hand for my trouble. Poor thing was frantic, and probably in some pain; and scared.
I held him as best as I could with one, painful, hand; and cut through the line.
His wing looked a bit knackered, as he landed in the water; but managed to swim away. Don’t know what his chances of survival are, not good probably, but at least he was free again.

The second gull was frantically pulling on the line all the time, which wasn’t helping matters. I slowly pulled him towards me, and grabbed hold of him. More pecks. Poor bugger; the line was well and truly wrapped around his leg. I cut it as close to his leg as I could, and let him go. At least he could fly; probably have a better chance of survival than his mate.
And the line?
In a part of the lake where no fishing is allowed. I was fuming as I left, and carried on my way. These fishermen managed to climb to the top of my hate list today.

So I made my way to the south lake, along the path, grass either side. It’s still early. Not many people about yet. Apart from a stupid cyclist.

I was aware of someone behind me, and as I stopped, and turned to look behind, there was a man on a bike. Right behind me. He wobbled, and passed me, as I shouted out, “Ring yer bell, prick!”
And he had the cheek to swear at me!
What’s he trying to do, silently cycling up behind me like that? Give me a heart attack?

Well, at least the birds were good. Three Kingfishers today, a Sparrowhawk, Shoveler still there, with the Little Grebe, and the Redwing down by the car park. 

Shame about the human element though.





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)
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)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
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)
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)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  37

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Sunday

A cold morning; not so much frost on the windscreen, it was ice. Sunny, but bloody cold.



Yesterday I did half a circuit, then went home. I felt rough. The highlight yesterday was a female Blackcap, by the car park. Didn’t see her today though.
Two Kingfishers and two Sparrowhawks today though.

A couple of fishermen had the birds up in the air yesterday, at the spot where the Red Crested Pochards have been. Yes, I did swear! No sign of them there today, and only a handful of Wigeon left there. I did manage to find 3 of the RC Pochards on another part of the lake though, so maybe the other 2 are still around.

On the south lake, still got the Little Grebe, the Shoveler, and a few Gadwall. A Pochard has joined them too; and back at the car park, Redwing and Fieldfare.

Not a bad morning; but where’s my Bittern?

Today’s full list of 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)
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina)
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)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
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)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  33

Friday, 22 October 2010

A busy morning

No frost this morning, dull and cloudy; but what a great morning for seeing the birds. (and now the sun is out!)
Full list at the end, but a total of 41 seen this morning; and that’s without a few of the regulars. If I’d stayed out longer, I think easily a few more.

I’d walked the north lake first, as usual, and added to the list, Kingfisher, Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Pochard, Red Crested Pochard, Gadwall, Greylag and Canada Geese, Heron, Mallard, Great Crested Grebe, Crow, Magpie, Dunnock……………they were appearing one after the other. A huge flock of Redwings flew overhead, going east to west, Pied Wagtails were out in force in front of the pub, and as I passed under the bridge, to head round the south lake, another Kingfisher on the far side. I stood watching him for a while, and toyed with the idea of crossing the bridge for a closer look. He sat, I stood; so I made my way over the bridge. Yea, you guessed it. By the time I’d got to the other side, he’d gone. Oh well, one day I’ll get that elusive picture.

I crossed back over the bridge, and began walking round the south lake. I’m on the west bank, looking across to the east side, and circling over the lake, a Sparrowhawk. I stood and watched him for a while, then suddenly he broke off from his leisurely flight, and shot off.
I followed him with the binoculars; he’d obviously seen something. And there, heading this way, a big flock of birds. He cut through the middle, like a hot knife through butter, the birds scattered in two directions, as he disappeared from view.
I couldn’t pick him up again, but the flock regrouped, and carried on this way.
About a hundred Fieldfare!
Just another hazard, these birds face that make the long migration journeys.

At the bottom of the south lake, the Shoveler and Little Grebe, more fly bys of Redwing and Fieldfare, and a big group of Swans by the rowing club jetty.
Back at the car park, a few more birds added to the mornings list, while I stood watching some Redwing feeding.

And a little Wren stood watching me……….




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)
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina)
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)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
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)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
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)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
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)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)

Total species  41

Thursday, 21 October 2010

A Fieldfare day

A very sunny morning, but very cold. And a frost that was thick enough to be scraped off the car.

The birds more than made up for it though. Literally hundreds of Fieldfare flying overhead, going east to west.



If you see a bullet shape like this going over, chances are it’s a Fieldfare. A few stopped off briefly in the treetops,



but most carried on. Amazing to watch.
And the few Redwing at the car park now number about a dozen.



Beast I could manage at the moment Bob; but I’ll keep trying for a decent one.

Quite a few still flying overhead, and plenty of Wood Pigeon too. A couple of Jays, and two Sparrowhawks sparring in mid air………….an exciting morning.

On the water, the Little Greebes, Red Crested Pochard, Wigeon, Gadwall, Shoveler; they were all in attendance.

I’m really going to miss my walks round here when I have to go back to work.


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)
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina)
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)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
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)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)

Total species  39

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Mid week

A beautiful sunny morning, once it climbed its way up; but bloody cold.
A frost over the grass, sparkling like icing sugar. I suppose we’ll be scraping it from the car windscreens soon.

The Red Crested Pochards are still on the north lake, and there are now two Shoveler on the south lake; and the Little Grebe have reappeared. I guess they were all fishing yesterday, and I missed them.

A couple of Redwing still by the car park, but too evasive for pictures at the moment.
Good numbers of Cormorants all around the lake, along with Tufted Duck and Pochard, and the Wigeon still favouring the north lake.
One Kingfisher seen this morning, in the usual place, and a lone Crow escorted a Sparrowhawk away from the area. Always amazes me why the raptors don’t fight back when being harassed like that.

All the usual regulars there too, Canada Geese, Greylag Geese and Mallard.



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)
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina)
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)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
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)
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)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
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 Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  34

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

It’s getting better

A longer walk than usual this morning. I decided to do the north lake twice today, and got talking to a fellow bird watcher, who was trying out his new scope. Had quite a long, interesting chat; and as usual I forgot to ask his name. Oh well, if I see him again I’ll ask.

But the birds……well, Redwing still in the bushes and trees, and a huge flock of Fieldfare flew very low over the lake. I thought they may have stopped off, but didn’t see them. Just a matter of time I think.
The Red Crested Pochard still on the north lake, with the rest of the ducks; but on the second circuit, there was no sign of them. Maybe moved onto another part. No sign of the Little Grebe either, but the Shoveler and Gadwall still swimming around together.

A large flock of Lapwing flew overhead; 55. I took a picture so I could count the dots when I got home. And still lots of Wood Pigeon flying in groups, heading south.

Two Kingfishers this morning, at opposite ends of the lake, and the usual songbirds foraging in the bushes. Full list at the end





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)
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
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)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
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)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
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)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)

Total species  38

Monday, 18 October 2010

The Redwing has landed

Half a dozen Redwing landed in the trees by the car park, and started feeding on the berries. The first lot that I’ve actually seen stop, and land, instead of flying overhead.

Things are certainly hotting up round the lake at the moment.
The five Red Crested Pochard are still here, and the common Pochard have turned up again this morning. Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Gadwall and Shoveler, along with the Mallard, Coots and Moorhens………the lake is beginning to get busy. The Little Grebe are still at the south lake, a large flock, or gaggle, of Canada Geese flew in, and a Kingfisher flew by.
I didn’t want to leave, but I’d promised a neighbour I’d be back fairly early to collect a parcel for them.

On the way back to the car, I noticed the usual mad feeding frenzy of some Black-headed Gulls.



I’ve been watching these for the last few days, always about the same time, and always the same place. And the reason for all this frantic activity?



Check the water, to the right of the main group. Not a Loch Ness monster, but a Cormorant. He’s one of six, that regularly feed this little spot in the mornings. The gulls have soon cottoned on to this, and are there to pick up anything that’s dropped, anything they can steal, or anything that’s disturbed. Pretty smart. I can just imagine the Cormorant, each time he surfaces, saying……..'WTF!!'


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)
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina)
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 Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
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)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)

Total species  35