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Old Saturday 25th May 2013, 08:55   #76
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Nice find Dave. Never seen one myself at the Lake. It's great to have a few different birders watching the Lake.
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Old Sunday 26th May 2013, 17:59   #77
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Here's the picture. Not brilliant at this size
forgive my ignorance but why isnt this a greenfinch?
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Old Monday 27th May 2013, 09:18   #78
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Fairly quiet morning in terms of Lake. Young Canadian Geese and Greylag around. Plenty of warblers in meadows.
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Old Monday 27th May 2013, 09:47   #79
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I showed the photo to a local birder who didn't argue that it was not a yellowhammer. You have now got me doubting myself, so I am looking for clarification.
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Old Monday 27th May 2013, 10:13   #80
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I showed the photo to a local birder who didn't argue that it was not a yellowhammer. You have now got me doubting myself, so I am looking for clarification.
Pic too small to tell but looked too long and thin for a Greenie to me.
Either way 2 nice 'uns to spot
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Old Monday 27th May 2013, 10:53   #81
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Thanks Keith,

I've got some other photos which I will put on Flickr when I have time. Might help with I.D.
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forgive my ignorance but why isnt this a greenfinch?
Had a look at the pic, which does look more like a Greenfinch to me.
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Old Monday 27th May 2013, 16:16   #83
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Had a look at the pic, which does look more like a Greenfinch to me.
I would be putting my money in the Greenfinch camp.
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Old Thursday 8th August 2013, 18:55   #84
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2 Common Tern at Lake this evening. Patch first for the year.
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Old Saturday 31st August 2013, 09:14   #85
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The 4 Heron chicks which hatched in July (is this unusually late?), are now all out of the nest. At least 4, possibly 5, Cormorants are now back on the lake. Kingfisher very active all week from the weir down stream towards Ipsley.
With regards to the young herons, this is the second successive year of young in July.
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Old Sunday 1st September 2013, 21:29   #86
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The Herons have had another great year. I counted 15 yesterday morning. Good to see Cormorants back but no sure the fisherman agree.

Summer migrants disappearing fast, only saw 1 Whitethroat in 2 hours.

Glad you saw the Kingfisher Dave as I haven't seen one for a while.

It's a real shame the land isn't managed with more conservation in mind but guess its just limited resources.
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I had a look for the kingfisher on Sunday but did not get lucky. My first visit - was quite impressed. Saw plenty of fish.
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Glad you enjoyed it. The more people down there the more chance of us spotting a gem.

The lake sadly lacks width so will always be limited to ducks in winter.

Please post any sightings.
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Old Friday 20th September 2013, 17:12   #89
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Female Kestrel hunting fields behind lake this evening. An additional 4 Cormorants came in to roost whilst it looks like a number of this years Herons have moved on to pastures new.
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Old Saturday 28th September 2013, 09:28   #90
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15 Cormorants reported in the week. Fish stocks will soon be low! Brief glimpse of Kingfisher today heading down stream towards Ipsley. Grey Wagtail also on same patch. Grebe with 3 chicks, otherwise very quiet.
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Lovely autumn morning at the lake this morning. Nothing unusual around - the Cormorants have all gone. Managed to photo a heron catching a fish (a first for me!) - photo is on flickr on my photostream (broke_dave).
Also heard a rumour that an Otter has been seen on the lake.
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Old Sunday 6th October 2013, 12:43   #92
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Agreed Dave stunning morning. Lake itself very quiet. Had some nice views of Blackcaps and Nuthatches in hedgerows feeding.

Only one Cormorant and four Grey Herons.

Flog of 160 Greylag reported in week.
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Old Sunday 17th November 2013, 08:48   #93
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4 Pochard on the lake yesterday morning. Sadly, no sign of them today when I had my camera with me.
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Old Monday 18th November 2013, 20:49   #94
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Thats a good one Dave for the main Lake. Perhaps out luck is going to change and might get some nice ducks this winter.

Fingers crossed.
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Old Saturday 23rd November 2013, 11:01   #95
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Neil,
We do see Pochard most winters, sadly they do not stay. Today though it was the turn of the Shovellers - 2 mails at the visitor center end of the lake. In the past they have had the tendency to stay around.
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Old Saturday 23rd November 2013, 11:29   #96
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Agree Dave but I only tend to see them on odd days. Will be heading down late afternoon.
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Old Saturday 23rd November 2013, 15:52   #97
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6 Shovellors on Main Lake this afternoon a local treat. Nice flock of Long Tailed Tits and Siskins on side of river on walk down to Ipsley Pool.
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Old Wednesday 27th November 2013, 20:03   #98
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I saw our winter Goosanders for the first time this winter today. 2 Males 4 Females.
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Nice one Neil. Spotted 3 this morning. 2 Males and 1 Female. Also 3 Shovellers.
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Cheers Dave. Stunning morning down there. I saw the same 3 but 4 Shovellers up by the Visitor Centre. 60+ Redwing, 5 Fieldfare and a Buzzard on Bridleway between main lake and Ipsley lake.

I do wish the centre staff would fill the feeders up at Visitor Centre and just clear the Sightings board. It still has Terns on !
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