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, 25 December 2015

Black Swan, Goosander and Lesser Redpoll


After myself and Whisky had our usual early morning walk, I decided we'd take a wander over the lake.


Cloudy start to the morning, with a chill in the air.





Not many people about this morning, but we did meet a couple of early morning dog walkers, so Whisky had a good time running around.


There's been a Black Swan here for a few days, so I managed a couple of shots.





A shame the sun wasn't shining.



Shortly after seeing him/her, I spotted 3 Goosanders ............. 2 males and 1 female.

While I was doing a bit of video, a Kingfisher happened to fly into view too.


One of the strangest things I saw this morning was a Musk Mallow, in flower, on Christmas Day.



 These usually flower in June. The weather really has gone crazy.




Quite a few Canada Geese around this morning, plus the usual group of Mallards 'quacking' for some food. Good that Whisky doesn't go charging after them either.



Not very much else as I walked the south lake, until I reached the far end.

I decided to walk alongside the bushes by the railway line for a change; glad I did.


A small group of Lesser Redpoll were feeding on some seed heads of what I think was Rosebay Willowherb.






By the time I reached the rowing club, it was starting to rain, thankfully not too much.


A quick look round the hedges back at the car park, but nothing extra to see.
One thing though. This time of the year, the cold and frost, would have killed of the growth of nettles. Not at the moment though.
The grass was full of new shoots of nettles pushing through. Makes me wonder if it will smother the  Primroses and Cowslip in the spring.













Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)
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)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
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)
Lesser Redpoll (Carduelis cabaret)


Total species  31




Sunday, 20 December 2015

Goosander, Lapwing and Daffodils



A very quick visit to the south lake today, after our usual early morning walk and run, in the hope of getting a half decent sunrise.




A sizeable gull roost stretching between the two islands this morning, but too dark in the early light to see much. The boats were making an early start too, and by the time it was light enough for pictures, the gulls had left.



On to the field under the railway arch for the sunrise, and another disappointment.


No where near as good as I'd hoped. Oh well, at least Whisky was getting a good walk this morning.


I started to walk back to the car park, and overhead about 40 Lapwings were circling around. A nice surprise.




 Maybe they'd flown over from Willen Lake.




Around by the houses and my second surprise of the morning.




A male Goosander.


I hadn't noticed him earlier when I walked down to the far end of the lake.
Just the one today; the early light not as good as it is now .................... bright sunshine as I do this.




Finally, almost back at the car park, and a group of Daffodils caught my eye.




 Spring bulbs in December, crazy.


The weather has gone mad this year, it's been so mild.



Someone who's probably enjoying the mild winter weather at the moment though, along with his pals, was this Robin.




 No snow yet. Something to sing about.











Full list  of today's sightings


Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
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)
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)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
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)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)


Total species  25




Friday, 4 December 2015

Goosanders



Myself and Whisky had a very long walk around the lake today.


A four hour journey that was twofold.


Someone I've met when I've been walking the lake in the past, asked me if I could take some pictures of her for a project she has in mind. Of course I said I would, so 2 hours before we were due to meet, myself and Whisky decided we would go round the lake first, to see what was about.


All the usual suspects, and now 2 male Goosanders on the patch.






Both lakes completed, we then met up for our photography project, and walked the south lake again.



Nothing extra seen, but an enjoyable and different day.



No video today, but here's a Full list of birds seen.


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)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
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)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
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 Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris britannica)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)


Total species  32