Posted by: mynaturaldiary | September 6, 2008

Lake Wilton & Cafe Twitch

You won’t find Lake Wilton on any map, because it’s man-made, to act as a reservoir in case of a fire.  But what man provides, nature will soon colonise.  It follows the seasons, as everything does.  So for now, at the onset of Autumn, it’s the fiefdom of Canadian Geese.

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

They wheel overhead in perfect Vees early morning and colonise the lake, generally owning the place.  The Coots have to accomodate them

Coot (Fulica atra)

as do the Mallards

They even have a chick, this late in the season

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Over in the far distance, a magpie looks over at Lake Wilton

Magpie (Pica pica)

Back at Cafe Twitch, the action still seems subdued from summertime.  But I did catch a Blackbird feeding on the lawn.

She’s clearly listening for worms

Blackbird (Turdus merula)

Also a few fleeting visitors

House Martin (Delichon urbicum)

These birds are still clinging on in North Yorkshire, despite the awful weather…

Carrion Crow (Corvus corone)

Finally in the garden, the spiders have returned

European garden spider (Araneus diadematus)

Let’s see if you catch anything soon.

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