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, 28 October 2012

Winter Thrushes everywhere



A cold start to the day, a very light drizzle at times; but it didn't stop the birds.

The squirrel had made a mess of one of the peanut feeders. He'd managed to get it off the branch, get round the rod that holds the tin can lid on, and get all the nuts out. Soon had it back up on the branch though, and filled, for the birds.

As I walked away from them, after filling them all, a quick glance revealed a Great-spotted Woodpecker enjoying breakfast.

Around the footbridge, and car park area, a lot of activity. I was in danger of not getting very far round the lake; so much was going on.

A Blackbird was defending the berries on his bush, much to the annoyance of a couple of Redwing. They in turn were harassing a couple of Fieldfare that were trying to get some too. In the end, the Blackbird gave up, and the Redwings succeeded in seeing off the hapless Fieldfare. A big flock of Fieldfare flew overhead, going east to west; something that was going to happen frequently throughout the morning.
Along with all this activity, a lone Goldcrest was quickly moving through the branches, searching for insects.


Under the road bridge, a group of noisy Mallards were making their presence felt, a party of Cormorants were fishing, and further round a small group of Long Tailed Tits were noisily calling as they worked their way through the tree tops.

A big flock of Wood Pigeon flew overhead, followed by a good number of Lapwing.
More Fieldfare followed them. The skies were quite busy.


Up at the dam, a group of Black-headed Gulls lined up along the concrete, and further along, more Cormorants, and a couple of Grey Heron.

At the gully, Canada Geese were milling around, and over by the far shore, half a dozen Wigeon.

Walking past the pub, a couple of Mute Swans, and a group of Mallards flew over to see if I had food.
Of course.


Going round the south lake, much quieter; apart from a few boats now going up and down. More Fieldfare flew overhead, and even the sun tried to make an appearance, but decided against it in the end.

At the far end I had a quick look through the railway arch, into the fields.
Lots of Rooks, Crows, Wood Pigeon, and Starlings, all frantically searching the ground for any seed left behind after the combine had cut the crop.
Even a few Skylark were flying about, and a Buzzard sat minding his own business up in a tree, until a couple of Rooks decided to move him on.


Back at the lake, up on the power lines that run alongside the railway, a Kestrel sat hunched up.





He sat still for some time, despite me wandering around below taking pictures.


A quick look round the bird hide revealed a couple of Mute Swans swimming with the Mallards and Coots, and as I made my way back towards the path, a Blackcap in the bushes, with a Robin.

Back along the footpath, past the rowing club, lots of gulls were gathering in the distance. A few people had stopped to feed the ducks, and the gulls were quickly there, searching and stealing what they could.

More winter thrushes flew overhead, and I soon found myself back at the car park.
One last quick look, and there were at least half a dozen Blackbirds, eight Collared Doves, and four Wood Pigeon all milling around the footbridge.



An excellent morning.










Full list of today's sightings


Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Sky Lark [sp] (Alauda arvensis)
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)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
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)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
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  40


Friday, 26 October 2012

A late one



I almost didn't bother with a post today; but felt it was worth it; maybe.


A pretty dull morning, but after filling the feeders, I walked the north lake.

First up were the Mallards. Great to see them fly across the lake, in anticipation of some food. How could I let them down?


As I carried on round the lake, I heard the sound of a Kingfisher. I guessed where he might be; and I was in luck. Sat in a tree by the edge of the lake, with a fish for breakfast.


Autumn is really kicking in now, with leaves turning gold; and dropping.




 Our clocks go back this weekend; that'll really bring the seasons home.



Further round the north lake, I found three pairs of Wigeon at the top end, along with a group of Cormorants drying their wings after a fishing trip.

Around by the pub, a Green Woodpecker was just being ........ a Green Woodpecker; looking for ants, and possible threats.

I was soon back by the car park; things to do this morning, but not before seeing a fine looking Blackcap,



 a couple of Redwings, and a large flock of Fieldfare flying overhead, heading north.




A good morning.









Full list of today's sightings

 Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
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 Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
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  27


Sunday, 21 October 2012

Misty again




I decided to walk all the lake this morning; even though I couldn't see very much through the mist.

Quite a few Mute Swans flying around this morning; disturbed by the boats, and an adult that was tormenting them.

Up at the dam, a group of Black-headed Gulls, and a couple of Pied Wagtails.
Two Grey Wagtails flew up by the weir, and a group of Canada Geese were pretty vocal prior to take off.

Walking round by the pub, a group of Mallards began to follow me. Amongst them were the regular pair, and luckily for all of them, I had some seed with me.

On round the south lake, but very little to see, apart from mist, and two fishermen fishing where they shouldn't. They soon moved on once I pointed out the error of their ways.

Round by the town houses a couple of people began feeding the ducks and geese. This brought out a few from all over the place.






By the time I'd got back to the car park, the mist had begun to lift.












Full list of today's sightings


Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
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)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
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)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
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)

Total species  26


Saturday, 20 October 2012

Boats everywhere.



I know it's the weekend, but......


After topping up the feeders, I began to make my way round the north lake.
As I stood gazing into the mist, I was suddenly aware That I had company.
The pair of Mallards were patiently waiting to be fed, so I had to make my way back to the car, to get some seed.
Yea, mad, I know.

A Grey Wagtail was searching for insects along the edge of the water, under the road bridge, as I returned; but no sign of the Mallards. Maybe they got fed up waiting.

Quite a few Cormorants are beginning to fish the lake now, which must be upsetting for the fishermen. Shame.

A bit misty this morning too.




A nice surprise was to see a pair of Gadwall swimming up by the area past the bandstand; but they soon moved on when a fuzzy faced man in a canoe appeared, and started putting everything up in the air.

Further up at the top end, by the dam, he continued his journey up towards the arm that goes behind the pub.
By now the regular rowers were out too, so the birds had nowhere 'quiet' to go to.

At the top end, past the weir and on the grass, the Canada Geese had sought refuge from the disturbance; eventually deciding to go elsewhere.

I had the same idea too, but not before the pair of Mallards found me, and got some seed.



Maybe tomorrow won't be so busy.









Full list of today's sightings


Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
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)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
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  29


Thursday, 18 October 2012

Just the north



Lots to do today, so just a quick visit to the north lake.

After topping up the feeders, I had a quick look over on Cormorant island.
Still a bit dark, but I did manage to see a few bats flying overhead, and off in the distance, on the south lake, quite a gathering of gulls.

Back under the road bridge, a Heron stood by the edge of the lake, getting ready to fly off before I got too close.
A Kingfisher flashed by, and settled on the far side in some bushes. Good to know they're still around.

Eventually reaching the top end, by the gully, and a couple of swans were swimming up and down. I'm pretty sure they'll be able to get out though, now they've finished moulting.


Past the pub, and a couple of Pied Wagtails on the grass, and a group of Canada Geese.



Too quick a visit really.










Full list of today's sightings.


Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
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)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
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)
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)

Total species  23



Sunday, 14 October 2012

Cold, Frosty, Misty, and a Little Egret



Had to scrape the ice from the windscreen this morning; it was cold.

I noticed quite a few Blackbirds around this morning. Some from the continent, or all juveniles? None had the yellow eye ring or yellow bill, so maybe foreigners. Also four Song Thrush, in a small area. Unusual to see that number so close  together.

With all the Jays reported around the country searching for acorns, I'm wondering if this winter we'll have another invasion of Waxwings.

A lot of Herons around too, and lots of chasing each other.

The mist on the water certainly makes for interesting pictures.





A big group of Cormorants were fishing together around the north lake. That'll upset the fishermen.



At the top end of the north lake I eventually found the pair of Wigeon. They were keeping out of the way of all the Canada Geese, that had massed together. Small noisy groups were gradually leaving the lake, and heading off to the fields for some grazing.

I think I may be nearer the purpose of the floating solar panels ......... something to do with the blue/green algae in the water. A zapper, or monitor.

On towards the south lake, and the mist seemed much thicker; but by the time I'd reached the far end, the sun had done its job, and cleared it all. A beautiful sunny morning.



 The fruits or flowers of the Spindle Trees looked lovely in the morning sunlight.



I was soon back at the car park, and over by Cormorant island, I noticed a Little Egret up in the trees, preening.




A quick look around the grassy area and bushes before I left, and a Robin treated me to its song; and a pose.






An enjoyable, but cold, 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)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
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)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  34



Saturday, 13 October 2012

Rapterous welcome



Made up word; but first proper visit since getting back from Wales, and the first bird seen this morning was a Buzzard being escorted from the lake by a Black-headed Gull.
A little while later a Sparrowhawk glided across the north lake. A good start, and the sun even shone too.

As I made my way under the road bridge, after topping up the feeders, a Grey Heron flew in and stood at the edge. He didn't stay too long though; as I carried on along the path he soon flew across the lake, towards the boat jetty.
Quite a few Herons about this morning.

Along the path a lot of the trees have begun to drop their leaves, and some of the shrubs are bursting with berries. A sign that winter isn't too far away.
A large patch of brown mushrooms were growing in the grass too.

Up towards the top end of the lake, and wisps of mist still clung to the surface of the water. And in the mist, a boat. Yea, it's Saturday.

On the wall of the dam were two Pied Wagtails, and too quick for the camera, were a pair of Grey Wagtails flying past.

On the arm that goes at the back of the pub, a pair of Wigeon.




I expect they'll soon be joined by a lot more.



Even though the sun was shining, there was still a chill in the air as I made my way towards the south lake.

A Jay flew overhead, a couple of Jackdaws, noisily calling as they passed, and some Reed Buntings in the bushes at the edge of the lake. A few more boats were cutting through the stubborn mist on the water, and as I reached the bottom end of the lake, a Mute Swan was busily feeding, oblivious to all that was going on.





As I finally neared the rowing club, a couple of Mute Swans flew in.
I watched them as they began to slow down, and drop towards the water, only to seemingly change their minds at the last minute, and decide to carry on.


The four cygnets from Cormorant island have really grown now, and are no longer reliant on the adults for food or company.

Back at the car park, a couple of Wrens were chattering away, and moving between the long grass.




A good welcome back to the lake.











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)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
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)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
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)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  33