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Saturday, 13 February 2016


And we're halfway through it!!

Myself and Whisky have done a fair bit since last post; most of it round the local lake, Caldecotte.

We've seen some good birds there, probably the best has been a rare Ferruginous Duck.

 About the size of a Tufted Duck or Common Pochard, but a beautiful chestnut colour.
A bit like a 'conker'

Of course there are always the doubters; the biggest being the self claimed greatest twitcher, Lee Evans. What a wanker.

Even though a group of 'twitchers' had descended upon the lake to see it,

he still didn't believe it initially.

There's also been a confusing looking Red Crested Pochard for a while.

Looking like a female, but with the red bill of a male, without the red eye.

Daffodils have been flowering early in this crazy weather,

along with Crocuses and other spring flowers.

Not many sunny days between the constant wet days, but managed to make the most of it when it happens.

The unusually mild weather here has got some of the birds a bit confused.

Some have been getting very amorous like these Mute Swans

This Coot starting to build his nest

and the Great Crested Grebes have been doing their weed dance.

Grey Wagtail

and Robins have not been left out during this mild weather

 Pairing up rather than fighting.

It's been a great month, but it's flying by

Enjoy what's left


  1. The grey wagtail in the puddle is delightful!

  2. Magnificent bird! All wonderful shots---so glad to see the lake birds getting ready for nesting..

  3. Thanks Wilma, they're lovely looking little birds.

    Thanks Sondra. I think it could be a busy spring this year.

  4. It's all happening down at the lake!...[;o)

  5. I don't understand what the confusion with the Ferruginous Duck was, did he think it was a decoy lol. Beautiful duck as is the RCP. February and the mild weather has confused things in the natural world I'm getting almost a full dawn chorus on the morning cycle.
    The last image is gorgeous and truly sums up this weird winter.
    Take care mate.

  6. Certainly is Trev.

    Thanks Doug. Yea, that Evans bloke is a weird one.
    The birds are in fine voice here too. It's amazing, so much like spring.

  7. A great set of photos Keith I thought Lee Evens was a stand up comic, sounds as if he's got a double I still not seen any frog spawn yet, but it has been an early start to spring for the wildlife.


  8. Anne, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. :-)

    Cheers Peter. This 'Lee Evans' can be funny at times - unintentionally - more like a prat.
    No sign of frogspawn here yet, either, but I don't think it will be long.

  9. Amazing photos dear Keith, so many beautiful birds to see in their natural habitat and the flowers. I'm pleased you and Whisky have been enjoying a great February.
    Warm greetings, Dianne
    xoxoxo ♡

  10. Dianne, thank you for your comment.
    Yes, myself and Whisky have been having a great time.