Personal musings, wanderings and sightings from around the lake.
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Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me

Sunday, 3 March 2013

A cold morning

A cold frosty start to the day.

A large area of the north and south lake was frozen; must have been cold last night.
No sign of Doris under the road bridge, but her friends were out in force.

Fed them, and worked my way round the frozen north lake.
A pair of Goosanders flew over, and settled in the distance, and a pair of Shoveler flew in, and joined a small group of Tufted Duck.

A small group of Siskin were chattering noisily in one of the trees. Certainly lots of these birds around at the moment.

The top end was almost completely frozen, except for a small area that was full of Wigeon.

Round past the pub, and onto the south lake.

I was thinking the boats wouldn't be out today, but I was wrong. One was doing its best to break through the ice; and a few more were getting ready to set out.

A quick walk round here yesterday, and the Scaup were about until the boats started to put everything in the air. Today, no sign of them, so I guess they've finally moved on. Maybe to Willen, with the four that went earlier in the week.

More Tufted Duck at the far end, a quick visit to see Robin, and then round past the houses.

Finally, a look over at Cormorant island. A female Goosander on the island, a couple of Tufted Duck and a Pochard.

This time last year, on the island, a pair of Oystercatchers were making plans for a family. Sadly, after the last 3 or 4 years, there's no sign of them this year. My guess is the recent flooding we've had here, and it's put them off.

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)
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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
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)
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)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  35