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



Friday, 30 November 2012

30th November 2012


OK, no words today, just a video and bird list; and a very late post.

I've been backing up the computer.

Here's the video.







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)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
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)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
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)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)


Total species  39


Thursday, 29 November 2012

Winter ducks and a Goosander




Sadly no picture of the Goosander though.


A very cold morning, frosty and icy; but sunny.

The Crows enjoyed a good feast at the car park, and then I made my way round the south lake. Still the only part that is navigable all the way round.

A lot of Tufted Duck now, lots of Pochard, a group of Gadwall, and three Shoveler, all close to the area near the car park.




In the first bay, by the houses, a pair of Little Grebe were speeding through the water, and occasionally diving.


Past the rowing club, and a few Great Black-backed Gulls out on the water. In the trees behind, a small group of Redwing, and overhead, a couple of groups of Fieldfare.

At the far end, the bird hide is still under water, and a group of Long Tailed Tits were foraging noisily through the trees.



 
As I made my way down the west side of the lake, back towards the car park, a big group of mixed gulls began flying in; like an early roost, and joined the Great Black-backed Gulls out on the water.
There was also a single male Goosander flying towards the north lake.

Once back at the car park, I had a quick look at the mixed ducks, and then decided to try and drive round to part of the north lake.
Parking near the area where last years Great Northern Diver had turned up, there wasn't very much I could walk to.
The wooden bridge/boardwalk is under water, as is most of the path, and the area towards the dam is under water too.


I did manage to see a few Wigeon, Goldfinch and a Sparrowhawk, so not a complete waste of time.









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)
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)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
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)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  42


Sunday, 25 November 2012

Water level still rising




A beautiful sunny morning, but windy.


The water level continues to rise making it impossible to walk round all the lake.




Even the trickle under the footbridge by the car park, is flooding over the sides.
No chance of doing the north lake, so I walked round the south instead.


The rowing club seem to have lost some of their jetties, and the water is up at the tops of the fences. Plenty of ducks enjoying the extra water though.




A handsome male Pochard, and quite a few Tufted Ducks.


At the bottom end, the bird hide has almost disappeared under water, and an attempt to go through the railway arch had to be aborted. The water was rushing through off the fields like a river.


I managed to get back to the car park by crossing the road bridge, and then decided to drive over to the pub car park like yesterday.


Being a Sunday, and me being later than usual, there were quite a few people out walking, and enjoying the morning sun. A group of Mallards flew over too. They must have recognised me.


Most of the path was still free of water, apart from one small area near the top end.




A Grey Heron sat near one of the benches, gazing out towards the lake.



The wall of the dam had completely disappeared, but I could only see from a distance. No chance of getting round there from here.

I walked on towards the gully, and there was more water than yesterday. Still no access through, without a boat, so I crossed the footbridge over the river, and got almost as far as yesterday.





The bench on the footpath has almost sunk beneath the water.



Walking back over the footbridge, a Kestrel flew into the trees briefly, before setting off again; and down amongst the tangle of branches, by the water, a Grey Wagtail.





Back at the pub car park, I drove back to my usual starting place for a last look round.


Quite a few birds in the trees round by the footbridge.




The ultimate LBJ; a Dunnock.


A lovely male Bullfinch put in a brief appearance, along with a small group of Goldfinches, and landing on the footbridge as I stood there, one of the friendly Crows.





No apple today, so he had some seed instead.













Full list of today's sightings


Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
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)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
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 Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
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 Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)

Total species  29



Saturday, 24 November 2012

A bit wetter




Cold, frosty and a bit misty to start the day. Now it's raining.


The Crows and Magpies had some food this morning, but I couldn't get to the feeders. I'd have been up to my waist in water. The level has risen a lot since yesterday.




The Mute Swans from Cormorant island were swimming under the feeders, so they got some food instead.




I had a quick look over at Cormorant island first. The pathway around the edge of the lake was under water, and so was the island. A good job ground nesting birds have finished for now. Would have been disastrous for them.
A couple of Song Thrushes were foraging under the bushes. Good to see these. They seem to be doing well here.


I walked back towards the north lake, but didn't think I'd get very far. I was right; the path under the road bridge was flooded, and probably beyond too.

Back to the car park, and I decided to drive across the road to the pub, and park there. Maybe I could get further round from that side.

From the front of the pub the path was clear, so I made my way round towards the gully. That was as far as I could get. The raging waters of yesterday had calmed down, but the level of water made it impossible to get through.




It was like one big lake.


I did manage to see a Kingfisher fly past. He was probably wondering why the lake had increased in size.

Even crossing the footbridge over the river couldn't get me any further.




Back to the car, and try the south lake instead.



By avoiding the footpath round the edge of the lake, and keeping on the higher ground nearer the houses, I did manage to get to the far end. A few boats out on the lake by now; a bit tricky I would have thought, not seeing where the edge of the lake is.

The birds were still around thankfully. A few Redwings at the far end, a pair of Bullfinches near the bird hide, never seen any this end before, a lone Little Egret flying overhead, and quite a large, mobile flock of Siskins, raiding the Beech trees.
Another Song Thrush was sitting in the trees too.

After paddling around by the bird hide for a while, I decided to walk back the way I had come.


Enjoyable, despite the flooding.










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)
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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
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)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  41


Friday, 23 November 2012

A bit wet




Clear skies, and sun later; but the previous days weather have taken its toll.


I could only fill half of the feeders this morning; the rest had a good deal of water under them where the lake had burst its bank, after the heavy rain of a couple of days ago. Yesterdays strong winds had brought a few branches down too.

Round by the footbridge, at the car park, I found three Song Thrushes. A bird that is in decline, but seemingly not here. Good to see them, and hear one of them singing quite heartily.

Under the road bridge, and a couple of Mallards greeted me, along with a few others. A small group of Canada Geese were milling around, and a Grey Heron flew across to the far side of the lake.

The trees and bushes were alive with the sounds of Long Tailed Tits as they flew from tree to tree. Among them were Great Tits and Blue Tits, and out on the lake, quite a few Cormorants fishing.

As I made my way towards the dam, I began to wonder how high the water was likely to be at the weir, and river.

At the edge of the river, a Grey Heron stood motionless; a study in concentration.




The water level along the river wasn't as high as I was expecting. The reason soon became clear.
At the gully, it was completely flooded.




Impassable, even with wellington boots.
The force of the water as it rushed from the river, across the path, and over the steps of the gully into the lake, would have knocked anyone off their feet.
I have never seen it like this before.


Only one thing to do, and that was to turn back the way I came.

As I walked back, over at the riverside, a Little Egret was briefly fishing, before flying off.




Past the dam, and the water had begun to steadily rise, and breach the bank in places. I wonder how high it will get during the day.

Back at the car park, a quick look towards the feeders, and the water had risen considerably. The area I had earlier stood on, to top up the feeders, was now under water.









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 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)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
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)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  28


Sunday, 18 November 2012

Brighter today



Blue sky, sunshine and frost; total contrast to yesterday.





Topped up the feeders, and fed the gang of Mallards that wait down there, along with a very bold Robin, and then had a quick look over on Cormorant island to see what was about.
Pochard, Coots, Mallards and Mute Swans mostly, with a few assorted gulls thrown in the mix too. Overhead were groups of Rooks, Crows and Jackdaws flying off to their daytime haunts. Still no sign of any Waxwings round here yet. My guess is another week before they turn up.

The area around the car park and footbridge, had my attention for over an hour this morning; so much going on. I watched a pair of Goldcrests moving through the trees searching for insects, hardly stopping still long enough for pictures.






Redwings were in the Hawthorn, stealing the berries from the Blackbirds and Song Thrushes. Or at least that's what they were thinking, as they spent more time chasing them away rather than feeding.
A largish brown bird flew up from the bushes, and headed off over the trees. I couldn't get a good look, it moved so quickly. I ruled out a cock Pheasant, as it didn't scream like a banshee as it left. The wing sounds ruled out Partridge, but I'm pretty certain it was a game bird of some sort. My best guess is a hen Pheasant, but not sure enough to count it.


Under the road bridge, and the Mallards soon found me; and food.


No sign of any boats this morning, as I made my way to the top end. A couple of dubious looking fishermen though.


I watched three young Great Crested Grebes, that seemed to be practising courtship displays. Skimming across the water, diving, and coming up with bills full of weed. Too early for the 'real thing', and it certainly wouldn't involve three birds. I can only guess that they were 'practising'. Fascinating to watch.

In the gully, a Mute Swan was swimming up and down. Judging by his dirty neck, he'd made a few unsuccessful attempts to get back onto the lake, and unfortunately the bridge has fallen into the water. I'm sure he'll be OK though.

Coots, Wigeon and Tufted duck were all on the water, as I crossed around to the far side, to get the sun behind me. The Grey Heron was sunning himself on the old boat.





Further along in the bushes, a couple of Greenfinches were feasting on the rose hips, and on the boat jetty it was standing room only for the many Black-headed Gulls and Cormorants.


Walking past the pub, the Mallards flew across again. They're getting rather cheeky now, and one even runs alongside me furiously quacking, until I stop to feed her.

A quick exit, and I was making my way to the south lake.


Still no boats; but a couple of Crows. No apple, or bread, so they had to make do with some seed.

At the far end, the Grey Heron was in his usual spot, and further round, a few Redwing in the trees, after the berries.

A group of Cormorants were fishing out in the lake, and they had attracted a large group of gulls, hoping to snatch the odd morsel or two.

As I made my way towards the rowing club, a few yachts were beginning to float out onto the water; and a noisy inflatable too.

Stopping by the town houses, I threw a few handfuls of seed into the air, and water, to attract the Black-headed Gulls and Mallards. Always good to practice flight shots like this.






Eventually, back at the car park, one last look round, before heading home.
An enjoyable and interesting visit.









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)
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)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
European Turtle Dove [sp] (Streptopelia turtur)
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)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
Goldcrest [sp] (Regulus regulus)
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)

Total species  36



Saturday, 17 November 2012

Damp, dark and dull.




It's been a while since I posted.


I've still walked the lake most days, but me and blogging don't seem to be hitting it off at the moment; I've not been in the best of places in my head.
Today though, I'll try.


A dull dark and miserable start to the day. A quick look over on Cormorant island after topping up the feeders, found quite a few Cormorants, surprisingly, and in the bay at the first block of houses, some Pochard, Tufted Duck and Coot. The remnants of the gull roost were off in the distance.


A light drizzle accompanied me as I started to walk round the north lake; and I was also met by a group of Mallards under the road bridge.


After feeding them I carried on up to the top end of the lake. The Cormorants were out busily fishing, and a group of Black-headed Gulls sat on the wall of the dam.
A few Coots were swimming along with a single Gadwall, and a large group of Canada Geese. A few boats were out by now too.

Along the gully a Grey Wagtail was briefly searching for insects, and as I made my way past the pub, a Pied Wagtail was doing the same.
The Mallards came over again, so a quick handful of seed, and I could make my way to the south lake.

A couple of the Crows turned up next, so they had some brown bread; no apples in the diet recently.

At the far end were three Little Grebe, swimming around a Grey Heron who was looking pretty sorry for himself.

Lots of mixed Crows in the field through the railway arch, along with Wood Pigeon and Starlings. Easier to get there now too, because the footpath access has been tidied up.

A few Redwing on the berries by the bird hide, and finally I was walking alongside the rowing club. The rain had stopped by now too.



Not a bad morning.









Full list of today's sightings


Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
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 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)
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 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)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  36


Monday, 12 November 2012

Dull start, rain later when I left



A very dull and cloudy start; but my goodness, what a sunrise.




 How does nature do it!!



Big flocks of Fieldfares flying overhead, a few Starlings; but still no sign of any Waxwings. Just a matter of time I think.

The Mallards caught me under the road bridge. They're getting expert at this hijack business. A few handfuls of seed, and then a very quick exit. Has to be quick, because they follow me now.

I did visit yesterday, but didn't get round to doing a post. One of the highlights was a Grey Wagtail,




the other being a Goldcrest at the car park whilst I was talking to a member of Bucks Bird Club
I've got a few pictures in the new Birds of Buckinghamshire book, and I was collecting my copy.
Today, I found another Goldcrest on the way to the bandstand, flying with a mixed flock of tits. Again, no picture, but great to see that they are in various parts of the lake. I hope they all manage to survive the winter.

A couple of adult Mute Swans were flexing their muscles, and sending a cygnet on his way. He'd inadvertently wandered into their territory. 

At the top end of the north lake, a group of Black-headed Gulls were hopefully trying to snatch a morsel from a party of Cormorants that were fishing in a group.
No chance!

In front of the pub, a Green Woodpecker was probing the grass for ants, and the gang of Mallards swooped in on me, after more food.




A few handfuls of seed, and then shopping beckoned.










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)
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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
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 Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)

Total species  32



Friday, 9 November 2012

North lake



A sunny start to the day, but just the north lake visited.

The last couple of days I've cleaned and disinfected all the feeders, so everything should be fresh for the coming winter.

I walked the north in the opposite direction for a change, and after crossing over the noisy road bridge, I was soon back to the reasonable quiet of the lake. Feeding in front of the pub, was a Green Woodpecker. A regular at this spot.

Another regular, further round, is a group of Greenfinches, that feed on the rose hips.
At the back of the pub, the regular Wigeon were missing however; just a group of Canada Geese, and a couple of Coots.

At the gully, near the weir, a pair of Pied Wagtails were flying together, and it looked as though they were hunting insects together.





The river level has gone down a lot since my last visit, and over on the field was a Little Egret. As I finished filming him, and put the camera away, a Kingfisher flew along the river. Typical!

Quite a few Redwings were flying overhead in small groups, and lots of gulls too.





Finally reaching the road bridge, one of the Mallards was patiently waiting to be fed, and then it was back to the car park.










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 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)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Stock Pigeon [oenas] (Columba oenas oenas)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British 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 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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  36


Saturday, 3 November 2012

Egyptian Geese



YouTube is down at the moment  Http/1.1 Service Unavailable so no video today.


Bright, sunny, but very cold, with a light frost on the grass this morning.

Quite a big gull roost now on the south lake, and a few Cormorants over on the island.
After topping up the feeders I made my way round the north lake.
The footbridge had over a dozen Collared Doves there this morning. They've had a good breeding year.

A few Redwing in the trees, and as I got to the road bridge, a gang of Mallards appeared, along with the regular pair.

No sign of a Kingfisher this morning, but I was surprised to see not one, but seven Egyptian Geese swimming on the lake.




There's a few that have bred at Woburn, and I'm wondering if this group are from there.


Up at the top end there were nine Wigeon, and three Gadwall; along with a group of Cormorants on the old boat.
A few newer boats were out on the water by now too.


In front of the pub, a Green Woodpecker was searching for food,




 and the gang of Mallards appeared again, searching for me; and food.




It was getting a bit windy and cloudy as I started to walk round the south lake.
The Crows began following me as I walked the path, but no apple today. They had a bread roll instead.



Down at the bottom end, a couple of Mute Swans were feeding, a Heron hiding in the reeds, and a group of Long Tailed Tits noisily flitting through the trees.





I'd been checking the Ash trees as I walked round, looking for signs of this terrible disease that's hit them over here. To be honest though, I'm not sure what I should be looking for.




Not sure if this is normal die back of the leaves or not.



Soon past the rowing club, and by now the wind had begun to get stronger; and colder.
The swan family from Cormorant island were feeding round by the town houses, and the cygnets are as big as the adults now.


An enjoyable morning.



Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
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)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  36