Tuesday, 14 November 2017

A Morning Watching The Birds

My brother Les and I spent Monday morning at Lackford Lakes Bird reserve near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. It was bright and sunny but only a few degrees above freezing when we arrived. Here are  few photos:

Ducks and geese on the islands.

Footpath leading through woodland.

a duck with an absurdly large beak
which it passes from side to side in the water
filtering out food particles.

A bit of autumn colour in places.

Sunlight on reeds and grasses.

The Lakes are another area of old gravel pits
returned to nature.

Oaks with a touch of autumn.

Regular readers will know
that these are Jacob sheep.

Would you like a list? Well, here's a list of what we managed to see: Blackbird, Robin, Dunnock, Wren, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Starling, Long-Tailed Tit, Rook, Magpie, Jay, Jackdaw, Wood Pigeon, Black-Headed Gull, Lesser Black-Backed Gull, Lapwing, Cormorant, Heron, Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Egyptian Goose, Gadwall, Wigeon, Shoveler, Goldeneye, Teal, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Mallard, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Coot, Moorhen, Pheasant, Snipe, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Chaffinch, Kingfisher.

Take care.


  1. Such a beautiful area full of creatures for your viewing enjoyment! A great place for a stroll!

  2. Looks like it was a beautiful English day. I would guess a rarity at this time of year? Dark, gloomy and misty here all day yesterday. Can you tell me where the name Bury St. Edmunds comes from? Why did they want to bury the poor fellow?

  3. Hi John - love the photos and you obviously had a good day with your brother - wonderful to see the Shoveler ... cheers Hilary

  4. Such a wonderful walk with your brother. It's quite beautiful there, and I love all the birds.

  5. Just the sort of morning I would have enjoyed!

    Delightful images and a super bird list John!

  6. Brilliant way to enjoy a bright Autumn morning & that was a successful day bird watching!

  7. Looks like a very pretty area and great photos. I would not have guessed the temps were close to freezing looking at those blue skies!

  8. A fine place to be...and what a lot you saw!

  9. What a very lovely way to spend time with your brother John, a delightful walk and very successful bird count there! Your last image here is the epitome of an English country lane ✨

  10. Sounds like an enjoyable day with great weather, your brother for company and an impressive bird sightings list.

  11. Wow, that's quite a few species! It's birding time here too, with so many birds passing through. Looks like you and your brother got a lovely day.

  12. Another gorgeous walk. A great list of birds. My bird lists have been short lately.


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