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, 26 November 2013

Sunrise and Goosander



A chilly start to the morning, the temperature was registering -2C, a frost, but clear skies.



Weather forecast out the way, I decided on walking down to the field off the south lake first, to hopefully get some pictures of the sunrise.
A large gull roost was slowly waking up in the early light. Why do they always seem to congregate on the opposite side to where I walk?


I noticed in one of the houses by the side of the lake, they had their flashing Christmas tree in the window, for us all to admire.
Not a Christmas person myself, so I was not impressed.


A quick look at the gull roost from the bottom of the lake, and then I headed into the field for the sunrise.




Not bad.


I eventually left the sun climbing the sky, and made my way towards the north lake.


A group of Canada Geese, backs glistening with last nights frost, were grazing at the side of the footpath. A few Long Tailed Tits hurried through the trees, and groups of Cormorant were flying overhead.

Under the road bridge, and a group of Mallards decided now is the time of year to  accost me for food.
Three times I stopped to feed them, but they still followed me as I made my way past the pub.





At the far end, I had the sun in the right place, so I took a few shots of the birds on the water.



Wigeon




 Coot



A curious Mallard began steaming closer, no doubt thinking I had food.





Of course, this attracted the attention of one of the Mute Swans.





As I crouched low, with an aching knee, a male Goosander flew in.


Something I noticed this morning, he spent a lot of time swimming along with his head submerged under the water.




Looking for fish I imagine.



After spending some time crouched low, and my knee screaming at me to get up, I decided to continue on my way.
I hate this getting old nonsense, along with all the aches and pains that accompany it.



Up towards Kingfisher island,




a lone Grey Heron stood on the bank, backlit by the sun.





Yesterday, over by the reeds on the far side, two Little Egrets were fishing; but today, just three Grey Herons.


Some new 'no fishing' signs were going up this morning. A shame they are not in Polish for our European poachers to understand.


Under the bandstand the remnants of a log fire, lit by the local muppets. What a shame they didn't set themselves alight.

The reed mace along the edge of the lake, or whatever it is called by people that know these things, was looking splendid, backlit by the sun.





Under the footbridge, the Heron sat waiting for me to pass, but decided on leaving before I could get a half decent picture.
The sun was warming the air slowly by now, as I continued along the path towards the car park.





Another beautiful 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)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)


Total species  29



Friday, 22 November 2013

Goosander and Siskin


A beautiful sunny morning, with a nip in the air.


Went the usual way round this morning, and as I passed under the road bridge, a male Goosander flew towards the south lake. A good start.
Didn't get him on camera though.


Up towards the footbridge approaching the bandstand, a Little Egret flew around, being pursued by some Black-headed Gulls. A Kingfisher flew by with a small fish.
Didn't get them on camera though.


Further along, another Kingfisher, and as I raised the camera, he flew off.
I did manage to get a bit of him on video eventually.


At the top end of the lake, on the arm behind the pub, the usual gathering of Wigeon



and Tufted Duck. A few Cormorants loafing around on the boat, and Greylag




and Canada Geese tooing and frowing in the sunshine.


As I carried on towards the pub, the male Goosander flew overhead and looked as though it would settle where I'd just left.
I had to go back and catch it on camera this time.


Finally, I had him.



Up towards the pub, and they're cracking on with the extension now.


Finished by Christmas I should think.




A small flock of Lapwing flew overhead, looking stunning in the sunlight and against the blue sky.


South lake beckoned, and one of the Crows soon found my discarded apple core.


At the bottom end, quite a few Black-headed Gulls were bobbing on the water, along with a couple of Common Gulls, and over on the far side a quick glimpse of one of the Little Grebes as he swam by the reeds.


Towards the offices, and a couple of Siskin flew up into one of the distant trees.
Too far for decent pictures, so I carried on towards the area where the Robin usually is.
He didn't disappoint, and soon came down when I put some seed out for him.



Just off from the rowing club, a mixed flock of gulls were out on the water and the buoys, and as I got to the big houses, out on the bay of water in front, a couple of Pochard




were with the Coots, Tufted Duck and gulls.
And another male Goosander; or perhaps the same one from the north lake flown down again.




As I made my way alongside the island, I could see a few more Wigeon, and a small flock of Teal.



A quick look around the footbridge by the car park, and amongst the various birds were some Blue Tits, Great Tits,





Reed Buntings,



Goldfinches, Greenfinches and a few Redwing.




Seems the winter visitors are beginning to turn up now.









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)
Common Teal [sp] (Anas crecca)
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)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
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 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)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)


Total species  45


Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Great White Egret and Goosander



A beautiful start to the morning; a light frost, crisp, cool and sunshine.



I headed towards the pub first, to see how things are coming along with the extension.




Scaffolding is up, and the roof sections look like they are taking shape; but not a great deal to see now.







There was a rather splendid sunrise to see though. Just a shame I couldn't get in a decent spot for some pictures.





The top arm of the lake had a few Tufted Duck and Wigeon, and Cormorants were sitting wing drying on the old boat that floats here.


I met a dog walker I see quite often, and he informed me that two male Goosander were on here on Sunday. I had a feeling they would be turning up about now. A shame I didn't see them myself.
Later in the morning someone else told me of two he had seen on the south lake earlier this morning; about the time I was looking at the pub extension. Bugger!


A pair of Mallards were busily mating up by the wall of the dam, and a Grey Heron was under the footbridge, just past the bandstand.
Quite a few Cormorants busily fishing, and some Wigeon scattered around the lake.


As I reached the road bridge, I noticed there are some new signs, to let people know where they are. A shame there isn't one advising cyclists to ring their bell as they approach people walking. Twice I was nearly run over.
They'll be wearing their Alien hats somewhere else if we ever make contact.



I crossed over the road bridge, to make my way down the south lake; the way I would normally be going.


A lone Common Gull was pretending to be rain, by stamping his feet on the ground, to hopefully bring the worms to the surface.





Never usually much to see this side of the lake in the winter, but a large bird caught my eye as I walked down the path towards a big group of Canada Geese.
A Great White Egret. The first I have seen here, although others have claimed to see them flying over.
And further along the path, coming towards me, a bunch of joggers.
Don't they know it's not a weekend?


The bottom end of the lake, more new signs. Must be a surplus of money in the coffers at the Parks Trust.
The leaves on the trees are turning some beautiful colours now, and quite a few of them are beginning to fall to the ground.




Everywhere is looking so colourful.



Towards the rowing club, a lot of gulls out on the water and on the boat jetties.




Mute Swans, Coots and Mallards, but no Goosander for me unfortunately.



Across the lake I could see the pub, and a rather large crane had appeared.




I guess this was to lift the roof parts into place.



As I passed Cormorant island, I could see a Cormorant wrestling with what looked like a large fish. I watched him for some time 'playing' with it, until I realised it wasn't a fish, but a large feather.




Maybe he was practicing with it.



Just off from the island was a group of Tufted Duck, and amongst them, a few Pochard.




A pleasant walk in the sun.









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)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Great Egret [sp] (Ardea alba)
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)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
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 Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)



Total species  34


Thursday, 7 November 2013

Little Egret, the pub and Wigeon



A brief visit to the north lake today, to see how developments are coming along with the pub.


Brief, because the delivery that should have come yesterday via DPD, is now coming today; or so they say in their second e-mail to tell me to 'make sure I'm there to sign for it.'
Yea, did that yesterday.



Anyway, a quick scan of the south lake, and a large gull roost was just taking to the skies. Big numbers there now.


On to the north lake, mainly to be nosey, and see how the pub extension is coming along.



Rather well. Ready for Christmas, perhaps?




It was quite a nice start to the day, with the promise of a decent day for a change, instead of this constant rain.




On the arm of the lake, behind the pub, a small group of Wigeon, a few Tufted Duck, and a lot of Canada Geese.


Moving further round, a couple of fishermen were fishing in a no fishing area.
Despite being politely told by myself and a lady walking her dog, one didn't seem bothered, and the second said he wasn't fishing.


I left them to their ignorance and carried on. When I looked back, they had moved further round into the fishing area.




Mr. Not bothered




Mr. Not Fishing




The Little Egret was still hanging around the same area; he must like the fishing here too.




Eventually I made my way back to the car park, and home.









Full list of today's sightings


Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)


Total species  24