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



Tuesday, 31 January 2012

A quiet morning on the south lake.

Pretty cold this morning, and dull with it.

There was a trio of songsters this morning, complete with a backing ensemble. The Song Thrush, a Robin, and a Great Tit, determined to be heard above everyone else. Along with the cawing of the Crows, and the chattering of the Magpies, there were times when they almost drowned out the morning traffic.

I counted eight Reed Buntings at the footbridge, along with a few Chaffinch.
As I made my way under the road bridge, a Kingfisher flashed over the water, from the direction of the pub. One of the regulars.

Blue Tits and Long Tailed Tits were in the bushes either side of the footpath, and up by the footbridge, the Heron in his usual spot.
There were also a group of Mallard; and something I've never seen before, they were eating a fish. I doubt it was one they caught themselves, but interesting to see.

A dozen or more Jackdaws flew over, making their distinctive call, and four Green Woodpeckers were up at the top end of the lake, in the trees that line the water. The most I've seen in one spot before.

The water had the usual Wigeon, Gadwall and fighting Coots, and on the grassy bank, a group of Canada Geese.

Onto the south lake, and the Crows seemed to be there waiting.

Nothing much else, until I reached the far end, and a couple of Little Grebe, along with a few Great Crested Grebe, and Black-headed Gulls.
No sign of any Siskin this morning; in fact the south lake seemed very quiet. Not even the groups of gulls out in the middle.

Out on Cormorant island, the four Goosander were sitting in almost the same place as yesterday. I think they've found a spot they like.

At the feeders, very little activity there, but a pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers flew up into the trees; and another Green Woodpecker.







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)
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)
Stock Pigeon [sp] (Columba oenas)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
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)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  38

Monday, 30 January 2012

Shoveler day

Dull and cold this morning. Another poor day for taking pictures; but I'll inflict one upon you, at the end.

The Song Thrush was in good voice, and another, further along round the north lake.

At the top end, along with the usual birds, a pair of Shoveler. Good to see them.

The Crows were stalking me, as I made my way round the south lake; and as I made my way towards the far end, a big flock of Lapwing were circling overhead.

A pair of Goosander were swimming just off the island, and a big group of Black-headed Gulls were soon put into the air, as a large juvenile gull swooped low over them. Maybe a Great Black-backed; but not my strong point.........especially juvenile gulls.

By the offices, a very vocal group of Siskin, in one of the trees by the small ponds.

Over on Cormorant island, two pair of Goosanders looked very settled, as they sat on the island,




and back at the car park, the feeders were quite busy.


Short post today, but some good birds, as always.










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)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
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)
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)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  38

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Foggy morning

No pictures today, the weather was crap.


I was hoping to see the gull roost this morning, but it was so foggy, I could barely see the middle of the lake.

I've made a new nyger seed feeder from an old lemonade bottle; something Blue Peter would be proud of. Not sure if I've got the holes in the right place though, so I'll see how it goes for the next couple of days, before I fill it totally.

The white faced Chaffinch was by the footbridge, along with a good number of Reed Bunting and Dunnock. The Song Thrush was singing well, and being joined by a Robin.

A group of Wigeon were grazing, just up from the Heron, who was fishing in his usual spot. The boats were out too. How they know where to go in this fog, I don't know; especially as they are going backwards.

No sign of any Goosander at the top end, but quite a few Wigeon, Tufted and Gadwall.
The old boat that floats up on the arm of water, that goes round the back of the pub, was standing room only today. Cormorant, and Black-headed Gulls were crammed on it.

A lot of Canada Geese grazing on the grassy bank, and the one with the deformed foot was amongst them. A small group of Wigeon joined them too, until I had to walk past them.

South lake was just visible, but the Crows still managed to spot me, as I came down the footpath.

At the far end of the lake five Goosander were swimming amongst the Tufted Ducks, and Coots. A couple of Little Grebe too, along with Great crested grebe.

Past the rowing club, and houses, and over on Cormorant island, were another pair of Goosander, and a couple of Pochard swimming amongst a large group of Great Crested Grebe.

Back at the feeders, good numbers of finches, and Mallards were clearing up the mess underneath.

Despite the foggy conditions, an enjoyable walk.







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)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
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)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
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)
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)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  39


Saturday, 28 January 2012

Goosander 8, Siskin 6

and Bullfinch 4.


Despite the early cloud, making it very dull, and the couple of rain showers, it was another excellent morning.


The Song Thrush was singing heartily, accompanied by a Robin; and a noisy group of Magpies and Crows, made short work of the biscuits and bread I left, by the car park. They were soon joined by a group of Mallards too, that seem to have latched onto the idea there is food around in the mornings.


The north lake had a pair of Goosander at the top end, along with the Gadwall and Wigeon; and a lot of flying activity by the Canada Geese.




I found a group grazing, as I made my way towards the pub, and noticed amongst them, one poor soul with a very deformed foot.




After looking at some pictures I took, it looks like he has some fishing line wrapped round his leg.




I can only imagine the pain he must have been in; and maybe still is.



Onto the south lake, and a few showers, but thankfully didn't last too long.

The Crows were there, and a few boats going up and down too.


At the far end, Little Grebes, and another pair of Goosander.




By the offices, half a dozen Siskin kept me engrossed for a while, as they searched the trees for food.


Past the rowing club, and soon back at the car park.


A Treecreeper was playing hard to get, but I managed a couple of not so good pictures.




In the surrounding bushes were a small group of Bullfinches,




and the usual finches and tits on the feeders.


A lovely mornings visit.............and now the sun is shining.

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I see YouTube has got its new face lift now, and one of the 'tabs' is named 'Copyright'.
Three of my videos infringed copyright apparently. The reason given, was music content, or something. Of course it would be helpful if they'd said what the 'music' was.
I filled in the online appeal form, stating the only music content was bird song, which to the best of my knowledge, isn't copyright.
Hmmm, Google own the tube, and Blogger don't they? Rapidly becoming my most unfavourite organisation at the moment.


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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)
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)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
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)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris britannica)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  37

Friday, 27 January 2012

Cold, sunny, and brilliant.

Cold and frosty, but the sun shone; what a morning.

By the feeders, and round the footbridge, plenty of Reed Buntings, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Magpies and Crows.

Under the road bridge, towards the north lake, Mallard, Great Crested Grebe, Mute Swans and flying Canada and Greylag Geese. Up by the footbridge, in his usual spot, the Grey Heron was fishing,



 and in the water, a few Cormorants fishing too.



 (This was one that got away. Too big for the Cormorant)



A Crow was sitting amongst the trees,



 crowing away, and a few Wigeon were grazing on the grassy bank, enjoying the warming sun on their backs, no doubt.


As I neared the top end of the lake, I noticed the first lot of Crocuses pushing through the frosty grass. A lovely sight, and a reminder that spring can't be very far away now.

Bazooka man was on the far shore,




and I wandered down to the river, and found four Goosander swimming along. They were soon airborne, and settled on the lake.




After a few minutes, a pair took off, and headed north.




Walking up towards the pub, I found a Green Woodpecker probing the grass for ants; but as usual, once I'd breached his large comfort zone, he was away.




A Cormorant sat drying his wings, on the launch pad for the boat club, by the pub.





The south lake beckoned, and so did the Crows.

They were soon satisfied with an apple core, and I carried on to the far end of the lake.

Another pair of Goosander in the sunlight, and by the island, in the sheltered spot, a group of Gadwall, Tufted Duck, and a Little Grebe swimming around.




A group of trees have been marked with pink paint spots, that are close to some power lines. I hope they're not for the chop, because they are a favourite for the group of Siskins that regularly frequent them.




After watching them for a while, and a brief glimpse of a pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers, in the trees by the railway line, I carried on towards the rowing club.

Past a group of Tufted Duck, and a Herring Gull,




sunning himself on one of the buoys, and I was soon back at the car park.


A look round the bushes at the footbridge, and along with some Reed Buntings and Chaffinch, I found a male Bullfinch.


And at the feeders, Greenfinch,




Blue Tits,




Great Tits, Long Tailed Tits,




and  a Great Spotted Woodpecker enjoying some peanuts, before heading up into the trees.





Perfect 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)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
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 Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
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)
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)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  40


Thursday, 26 January 2012

Quick visit to south lake.

Brief visit, because a shopping expedition was required.

The Song Thrush was in fine voice this morning, doing his best to drown out the noisy traffic; and almost succeeding. At least it sounded better.

As it slowly got lighter, I'd hoped to see a bit more of the gull roost, but unfortunately most of them leave in the awkward moment for pictures, between dark, and not so dark. Maybe I need a night vision camera.

I was hoping to see the Goosander again, this morning, after seeing seven of them on the south lake yesterday. I wasn't completely disappointed, there were two; a male and female. After spooking the female, who was right by the edge as I filmed the male, they both flew off northwards.
I found both of them later by Cormorant island, so thankfully they didn't go far.

A Little Grebe was swimming around at the far end of the lake, and a pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers were high in the trees.

Passing the rowing club, a Grey Wagtail was along the footpath, and further along, a pair of Pied Wagtails.

Three Pochard were swimming in the arc, by the town houses. First ones I've seen here for a while, and at least a dozen Great Crested Grebes by the island.

Quick look at the feeders had a group of Mallard picking up the fallen seed, along with a couple of Moorhen; and then shopping.








Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
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 Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
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 Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)

Total species  29

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Goosanders Galore

Nine of the beauties this morning.

The weather may have been dull, but the birds more than made up for it.

After doing the feeders, I made my way round to the north lake. Hundreds of gulls were on the south lake, leaving their roost. Most were heading north, but a few flew over to the bank, and the grass.

I stopped to watch a Heron fishing, at his favourite spot, under a footbridge, and he was pretty successful.
A couple of Cormorants were fishing nearby, and I think they were driving some of the fish towards the Heron, and he just picked them off, one by one. Teamwork.

A Kingfisher sat in the trees, on the island; one of his favourite spots, and a group of Wigeon were grazing on the bank. Amongst them was a one legged female Mallard, who seemed to be coping fairly well. Sad to see though.

Further along, towards the top end, a Grey Wagtail, searching what shore line is left, and in the arm of the lake, behind the pub, a pair of Goosander.




A favoured spot for these, it seems. Good numbers of Wigeon and Gadwall too.


The south lake had the waiting Crows, and a few airborne Mute Swans, circling round, seemingly undecided where to settle. Another pair of Goosander were soon spotted, swimming out in the middle of the lake, along with a few gulls.




Once I reached the far end, more Goosanders. A total of nine this morning.


A quick look under the railway arch, and sad to see some rubbish left by the railway workers from a couple of days ago. A couple of empty sealant tubes chucked on the ground, from up where they were working, and what looked like a grinding disc, thrown into one of the trees. Dirty buggers.

I searched the trees by the offices, looking for the Siskin that sometimes hang around here. No luck, but a couple of Robins were singing in the trees.


I was soon back at the car park, and checking the bushes and trees, found a couple of Bullfinch; the males red chest standing out in the branches.




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I had to shorten the video; I got a bit carried away this morning.


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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)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
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)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
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)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
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)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  42

Monday, 23 January 2012

Goosander and Little Egret

A bit of a cloudy morning, that always held the promise of some sun.

The Song Thrush was in fine voice this morning, and a few Chaffinch and Reed Bunting around the footbridge, by the car park.
As I began to make my way round the north lake, the sky darkened as a huge Great Black-backed Gull flew overhead.
Slight exaggeration; no dark sky, but he was a big bugger!


Tufted Duck and Great Crested Grebes were all in their usual places, and a group of Wigeon were grazing happily with a few Canada Geese.




A pair of Goosander were up at the top end, where they can usually be found, and more Canada Geese, Wigeon and Gadwall.
A pair of Great Crested Grebes were doing some head waggling, followed by a half hearted attempt at the weed dance.
One rose from the depths with a beak full of weed, and the other just swam away. Maybe next time.


A Kingfisher flashed past over the water, and disappeared into the bushes on the opposite bank.



 (Yes, he's the blue blob on the right. Couldn't resist posting this one)


On towards the south lake, and the usual Crow antics kept me amused as I made my way to the far end.

Little Grebe were very vocal, but not quite so visible; and a quick view of a Little Egret on the shore of the island. Sadly he didn't stay long though, and was soon heading north.

A collection of gulls bobbing in the water, along with the usual Coots, and a few Moorhen were probing the shoreline for food.

Along the path by the rowing club, a couple of Mute Swans were busily flexing their feathers, to see off another pair, that had dared to stray onto their lake. A pair of Mallard were making an unsuccessful attempt at mating, (I think the male spent too much time head banging, and the female lost interest), and another pair of Great Crested Grebes out in the distance, were also failing to impress each other fully.


Back at the car park, I watched a group of half a dozen Bullfinch feeding on buds of the trees,




The Song Thrush was still singing his morning song,




and at the feeders, good to see some frenzied feeding activity; or at least until I got the camera out.


Another interesting 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)
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)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
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)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
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)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  39


Sunday, 22 January 2012

Weed dance, and Siskins.

I got an e-mail from someone last night, asking about the lake, and what was about.

I arranged to meet them this morning, and we had a slow walk round the north and south lake. I mentioned where certain birds could usually be found, and seen; and luck must have been with me. I think we managed to see everything I mentioned.

The Song Thrush was in good voice, by the car park,




 and after topping up the feeders, we watched a few Redwings leaving the roost, and some Reed Buntings by the footbridge. Even the white faced Chaffinch put in an appearance; but a handheld shot at 1/15" in poor light, was never going to make it here.


We set off round the north lake, watching a few Mute Swans fly in, and eventually made it to the top end of the lake. 'A good spot for Great Crested Grebes performing the weed dance', I mentioned, ............ and sure enough, a pair obliged.
A female Goosander flew overhead, as we made our way up past the weir.


A group of Canada Geese were good enough to pose for a while,




along with some Gadwall, and Wigeon.



Around the other side, we met a couple of blokes crouched by the edge of the lake, with some serious looking camera gear.
On the other side, was a male Goosander.
I tried a bit of conversation, about some of the visible birds, but they were hard work, bemoaning the fact they were too far away for their bazooka sized lenses.

I'd had an easier conversation earlier, with a couple of Polish fishermen.

We left them to it.


Past the pub, under the road bridge, and on round the south lake.

One Crow turned up for his apple core, and a few joggers were pounding their way past by now. No sign of any boats on the water yet though.

At the far end of the lake, I mentioned it was a good spot for Kingfisher.
And one flew by, just as I mentioned it.

Also good for Little Grebe, I said; and one swam by on cue.

On towards the offices, and we stopped to talk to another photographer. Whilst we were there, a Treecreeper landed on a trunk, not far from us. Always good to see.

As we left him, I mentioned that Siskin are usually up in the trees ahead.

There they were.



We stopped for a while, taking a few pictures, and then carried on towards the car park.


By now the boats were out. Yachts; so not very much out on the water.

A quick check to see what was on the feeders; Greenfinch, Goldfinch, and Mallard clearing up underneath, and then one last look round the footbridge.

"A good spot for Bullfinch", I said, just as I managed to pick some out in the trees ahead with the binoculars.

And as we made our way to our cars, a Sparrowhawk gave us a goodbye fly by.


A great 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)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
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)
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 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)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris britannica)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  40

Friday, 20 January 2012

Goosander, Siskin, Bullfinch and more.

The pictures aren't up to much today; my only excuse is the terrible light, and on and off rain.

The Song Thrush was doing his best to be heard above the traffic this morning, and certainly sounded better than the lorries and cars thundering along the road.
The Magpies were quite vocal, up in the trees, and a couple of Robins were joining in with the morning chorus too.

On the footbridge, at the car park, the Chaffinch with the white head, was still around. It seems like he's trying to do an impression of a Snow Bunting, with that white face.
What with him, and the pretend Snow Goose, it could start getting difficult to tell what's about, with all these imposters.

As I passed under the road bridge, a pair of Mallards began to follow me, and were soon joined by more, as they came out of the lake. I'm going to have to start bringing more food out.
A Grey Wagtail was searching the edge of the lake for food, under the bridge, and over by the pub, the Lesser Black-backed Gull was wandering between the Canada Geese, that were busily grazing.

The Heron was in his usual spot, by the footbridge near the bandstand, and a group of Cormorants were fishing in the now thawed waters.

Up towards the top end, and there were good numbers of Tufted Duck, along with the Wigeon, Great Crested Grebes, and Gadwall.

On the old flat topped boat, that seems a resting place for all and sundry, a Cormorant was behaving like a lovesick Goldeneye, throwing his head back, as he presumably made some advances to a female. She didn't seem that bothered, and after a while they flew off.

Up by the grass slope, a number of Canada Geese and Wigeon, were grazing.




I took a slight detour, so as not to disturb them, and eventually started my way round the south lake.

The Crows were soon there, waiting for their apple core, and a few Black-headed Gulls decided to tag along too.

As I got towards the far end, I saw a large whitish blob in the distance, on the water.
The binoculars soon confirmed a male Goosander; and not far away, was a female.

At the now flooded temporary wader scrape, a few Little Grebe could be heard, and eventually seen.


On towards the offices, and I soon found a group of Siskin in the trees.




They seem to love this area, and can be pretty much guaranteed to be seen here.
There are usually Redwing in this area too, in the trees along by the railway line; but not today.


I made my way along the path, towards the rowing club, and out on one of the buoys, a young Grey Heron.



With his head and neck tucked in, he didn't look too happy. Maybe this rain is getting him fed up too.


Round past the town houses, and then towards the car park for a last look at what's on the feeders. A couple of juvenile gulls were flying around.




Gulls are not my strong point, for ID's; especially the young ones. No idea what make and model this is, and not a brilliant picture; but I like it.


A Bullfinch in the bushes, and a few Mallard and Moorhen, under the feeders, closed a great morning.








Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
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)
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)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
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)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  34