I have been lurking around in the weeds for a while now and thought it was about time I made a contribution to the group.  Mostly, getting in to the hobby was an unintentional accident, however it is proving to be a very satisfying accident. The last 18 months have been the first 18 months of my birding apprenticeship, at the beginning of this year I would not have been able to identify a Whitethroat or recognise the call of a Chiffchaff. The start was a very green one and whilst I am not short of enthusiasm I am aware that I am on a long learning curve, just getting familiar with the yearly regulars and popular migrants has been a plenty to get my head around.

I get up to Fillingham Lake quite regular and although it is not the most exciting of birding sites it has been good to watch the changes over the last 9 months and a good place for me to learn some basics.

Saturday 20th December…

26 Goosander, 23 Tufted Duck, 6 Pochard, 2 Kingfisher, 18 Redwing, 1 Kestrel, 2 Buzzard, 1 Male Sparrowhawk, 1 Great Black Back, BHG many, 6 Common Gull, Herring Gull many, 1 Jay, 4 Jackdaw, Mallard, Coot, Canada Geese, Greylag, Moorhen.

I have been up everyday since and yesterday (Tuesday) the Goosander which have been gathering in numbers for a few weeks were not there.


Three of the males from Tuesday morning.


This Jay has been a bird that I have been wanting to photograph for months, it has been quite difficult, hardly allowing me the time to lift the camera before burying itself away in the trees.


This Chiffchaff was a nice find on Saturday morning having not seen one there for a while now. I had been hoping to find it again but no joy on this yet.


A few of the many Greylag on and around the Lake, I really should try and count them all along with the Canada’s.

Cheers to all and wishing you Happy Festivities..