You might see weeds, but I see wild flowers

Monday, 15 February 2016

Plenty of walking



A cold but sunny day today. Myself and Whisky had our usual two hours plus walk round Caldecotte Lake this morning. He enjoyed himself playing with a few dogs we met on our travels, and I enjoyed trying to spot some birds.


No rarities today, and no pictures from there, but there's a list of birds seen at the end of the post.



Later, it was time for another walk, so we had one of our regular walks through Kents Hill, Walton, the river, Simpson, then home.



At the moment, Milton Keynes Council seem obsessed with cutting down shrubs and trees everywhere.




 This alongside the Open University, on the way to Walton.


A real shame, because it did provide some cover for any wildlife, but now it's just bare. It's the same on my estate, Kents Hill and Caldecotte Lake. It also shows off all the dumped rubbish - paper, bags, cans of drink, bottles etc. Everywhere looks a complete eyesore.


Up at Walton Lake, and they've even hacked some of the bushes round here.





Not much out on the water, a couple of Coots, and a couple of male Gadwall.








Just along the path there is an area of reeds




also had its shelter of shrubs destroyed.



It makes me wonder if the Bearded Tits would still be around after all this disruption.



 The boardwalk down to the viewing screen.




We made our way alongside the River Ouzell that makes its way towards Simpson, Caldecotte and beyond.






By now Whisky was really enjoying himself.





He'd been playing most of the time chasing sticks and running around with a couple of other dogs we had met. I don't know where he gets his energy from.



Pretty soon it was time to make our way back home. Quite a few Daffodils out in flower along the way.






And then the final stretch, not far from home now.





I could hear the sound of chainsaws and a chipping machine on the estate. I wonder if these shrubs are next? 




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Full list from Caldecotte Lake

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)
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)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
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 Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  31


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Full List from Kents Hill/Simpson etc


Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
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)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  18




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