Personal musings, wanderings and sightings from around the lake.
A little history, and about the lake, at the bottom of the page.

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Monday, 28 January 2013

Scaup still, and Goosander




A cold, clear morning, with a full moon.


Soon clouded over though, and I suspect more rain to come.


After feeding Doris and the gang, I made my way round the north lake.
A lone Goosander was up by the island, and by the time I'd reached the top end, another flew overhead.

The river has burst its banks again, and the weir is a raging torrent.
The lake has now flooded over to swamp the gully, so if we get any more rain, I can see the whole lot flooding again.

Up by the pub, a Green Woodpecker was probing the grass, and Doris and co. flew over for feeding again.

A quick exit to the south lake, while they were busy with the seed.

Nothing much out on the lake, that I could see; even the gulls seemed to have left in numbers today. A quick look in the muddy field, and then on to feed the Robin.

Again he quickly came down for some seed from my hand. He's getting more relaxed now. I put a few handfuls of seed on the ground for him, and then made my way down towards the rowing club.

Out in the middle of the lake, the Scaup were together in a group. Very far away though.




Further along, closer to the side, a female Goosander was swimming towards the houses.


By the time I'd almost reached the car park, the sun had disappeared behind some cloud, but over by Cormorant island, a male Goosander was swimming amongst the Pochard, and Tufted Duck.










Full list of today's sightings


Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
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)
Greater Scaup [sp] (Aythya marila)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  37


Saturday, 26 January 2013

Shelduck, Scaup, ice and boats





Apparently we had overnight rain; I didn't notice.



A lot of the snow has thawed, and gone, but left behind very icy footpaths.
At least the frozen lake has pretty much thawed though, so the birds have more room.

Heading up towards the north lake, something caught my eye as it flew overhead.
A Shelduck. A first for me here, and I managed some very distant video as it headed south.

Further up at the top end, three Goosanders were swimming around, and plenty of geese towards the far end, where it has thawed considerably since yesterday.

And the sun was beginning to shine.





Round towards the pub, and Doris and her gang flew in to meet me.
And follow me.
All the way round to the road bridge, despite putting seed down about five times.
She is persistent.


South lake, and the sun was shining strongly now.
I could see the Scaup up ahead, along with a lot of Tufted Duck. Hopefully some pictures in sunlight?
No.
Saturday is boat day, and everything was soon up in the air as the boats ploughed through the water.
Bugger!


A quick look at the Crows in the field, and then on to see Robin.

Some video again, as he took some seed from my hand.

Back towards the car park, and as I got past the houses, large flocks of Tufted Duck were by Cormorant island in the sun.




Maybe the Scaup were amongst them?
Maybe, but they all suddenly took to the air as someone went by on the footpath.
Bugger!


As I reached the path opposite where they were, groups were beginning to glide down and settle.
I waited.
Pochard, Coot, Tufted Duck, and ..... yes, there were a couple of Scaup.






Another great morning.











Full list of today's sightings


Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Greater Scaup [sp] (Aythya marila)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)

Total species  39


Friday, 25 January 2013

Frozen Lake



A quick walk round this morning.


Very cold, and overnight must have been a few degrees below. Most of the north lake is frozen, and a large area of the south lake is frozen.

Naturally there was very little on the north lake. The Heron was in his usual spot under the footbridge, where it hadn't frozen, but apart from a few Canada Geese walking on the ice, not much else.
Round towards the pub, a small area remained clear, and a lone Goosander was swimming here.

South lake, and a big area of this was frozen too.

The Scaup were still here, swimming in an area that was clear, but there didn't seem as many as before.

Probably half a dozen Goosander, so there numbers were down on yesterday too.

The Robin is still at the hide, and plenty of Redwing flicking through the leaf litter under the trees.

The rest of the birds on the lake was made up of Coot, Wigeon, Gadwall, Pochard, and a lot of Great Crested Grebes. Most of these had come from the frozen north lake.



Maybe more tomorrow; apparently a thaw is on the cards.









Full list of today's sightings


Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
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)
Greater Scaup [sp] (Aythya marila)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
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)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  39


Thursday, 24 January 2013

18 Goosander, 8 Scaup, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Little Egret and a bird in the hand




I wasn't going to post today, but it was so good, I had to.


After feeding Doris and her ever expanding crew, I set off round the north lake.
First up was a Goldeneye, swimming in his usual spot. Quickly followed by a couple of Goosander. Then a couple more. They seemed to be everywhere.
A total of nine, just on the north lake.

A lot of Redwing and Fieldfare were all around the lake too.




Gadwall, Tufted, Wigeon and a few Pochard were also present.


Down past the pub, and Doris caught me again, with her gang.


South lake next, and to see if the Scaup were still present.


They were. Eight.






At the far end, the Crows were filling the field, and a large group of mixed gulls were down by the first hide.


Onto the second hide, to feed the Robin. I had the video camera ready, just in case.
And I finally captured him on video, gingerly taking some seed from my hand.
A lovely experience.


On to the rowing club, and more Goosander.





I watched a female for some time as she stood at the edge, busily preening herself,





and then eventually swimming away.



I carried on towards the car park, and counted even more Goosanders. A total of 18 for the day. Excellent.



And to finish the morning off, a Little Egret, perched over on Cormorant island.











Full list of today's sightings


Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
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)
Greater Scaup [sp] (Aythya marila)
Common Goldeneye [sp] (Bucephala clangula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
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)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  38


Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Seven Scaup and Goosanders galore




Cold, but the snow is slowly starting to thaw.


I chanced it in the car this morning; carrying a heavy bag of bird seed is a bit much at times.

A quick look at Cormorant island first, and five Goosanders flew overhead. Round in the bay, in front of the houses, half a dozen more.


Feeders done, Crows fed, Doris and her gang sorted, I made my way round the north lake. The Grey Heron's usual spot under the footbridge was empty today. Most of the water here has frozen over. Further round, one of the houses had a large bush full of red berries. A magnet for Waxwings two years ago. Not now. The Fieldfares have stripped all the berries in the last two days.

I got a phone call. Trevor had arrived in the car park, so I made my way back to meet him. There had been a report yesterday of a couple of Scaup; maybe we would see them.

Up to the dam, and a couple of Goosanders off in the distance, along with Wigeon, Tufted and a few Gadwall. A Kingfisher flew off to the distant bushes, and perched for a while.


South lake seemed very quiet, until Trevor spotted a group of Scaup in the distance.




The number had grown to seven. Five females and two males.




Great to see these rare visitors at the lake.




We watched them for a while, and then a small group flew off over the lake.





On towards the far end, and Fieldfares were flying overhead in small groups.
A quick look through the railway arch, and quite a few mixed Crows on the ground.
A few yellow flashes caught my eye, and as we moved forward to investigate, all was revealed. Yellowhammers. Great to see these here, and amongst them, a male Pheasant.


Making our way to see the Robin, there were more Fieldfares flying overhead, Redwings, Blackbirds and Fieldfares flicking through the fallen leaves, and up in one of the trees, a Jay.


Robin fed, we made our way back towards the car park.


Lots of Tufted Duck, Pochard and Wigeon out on the water, and as we got round by the houses, Goosander.
We counted a dozen swimming out towards Cormorant island. I've no idea the total number seen today, but certainly a lot.



Last look at the feeders, and then home for a hot coffee. Excellent morning.










Full list of today's sightings


Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
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)
Greater Scaup [sp] (Aythya marila)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
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)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Yellowhammer [sp] (Emberiza citrinella)

Total species  47


Monday, 21 January 2013

Goosander and Fieldfare




but I didn't get the Snipe on video.



After the weekends snow, the main roads weren't too bad; just the side roads where I live, so I decided to walk over today.


Haven't been over the weekend, so I wasn't sure what to expect.





I loaded a bag with some food, and set off just after six. After arriving in darkness still, I was amazed to find the Mallards flying over when I reached the road bridge.
I fed them, and made my way to the feeders.

As I walked down to them, a Little Egret flew overhead. I'm guessing it may have roosted on Cormorant island.

What I found interesting, was that there were no Crows or Magpies waiting by the car park. I think they recognise the car first, and because I was walking, they didn't take any notice. Soon changed once it got light though, and they quickly came down as usual.


Off round the north lake, and the usual birds around. Under the road bridge, were three Goosanders; a good start.
On up towards the next footbridge, and the regular Tufted, Coot and Heron, but no sign of the Goldeneye today.

At the top end, plenty of Greylag and Canada Geese, and some more Goosander.
Standing watching them, a Snipe took to the air, circled round, and quickly settled again.

Past the pub, and everything seemed very quiet. The Mallards flew over again, and I set off round the south lake.


All the way down to the far end, there were large groups of Fieldfare and Redwing flying overhead.


At the far end I had a quick look at the Corvids in the field, and then on to the Robin at the bird hide.

He was waiting, so I quickly fed him, looked through the mixed gulls, and then set off towards the rowing club.



Up in the bushes were plenty of Redwing,





and even more Fieldfare.





Around by the houses was a large group of Fieldfare,




doing a good impression of Waxwings as they ate the rose hips on a large bush,




much to the disgust of a Mistle Thrush.




Finally, one last look at the feeders, and what appeared to be a young Rat, was sat on top of one of the peanut feeders. He didn't move as I got close, and he seemed to have a large area of fur missing from the back.




 He didn't look in the best of health.



Finally, it was time for the long walk back home.










Full list of today's sightings


Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
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)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Common Snipe [sp] (Gallinago gallinago)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
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)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
Mistle Thrush [sp] (Turdus viscivorus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  42



Friday, 18 January 2013

Goosander, Snipe, Goldeneye and more




Cold, frosty, and a few tiny snow flakes first thing this morning.


The forecast is for a lot of snow, so I didn't want to dawdle today. Made sure the feeders were all full, and then set off round the north lake.


The Mallards soon caught me under the road bridge, so after feeding them, I hurried on.

The Heron was in his usual spot under the footbridge, and didn't move as someone walked over. Different story as I got nearer. Maybe he doesn't like me.

The Goldeneye is still around, and parts of the lake are still frozen.
Up at the top end, nothing much about, apart from another Heron, tucked into the reeds.


Walking down towards the pub, something caught my eye as it flew to the edge of the lake, behind some bushes. I thought at first it was a Kingfisher, but as I got closer, it noisily took off. A very quick glimpse, but enough to confirm it was a Snipe.


On towards the south lake.


As I made my way under the road bridge, a flock of 20 or 30 smallish birds strung out in a line flew over. Probably Dunlin size, small bills, pointed wings, and what looked like a breast bib. No idea what they could have been, but with this bad weather, anything could be turning up.

Fed the Crows, and by now the snow was coming down a bit thicker. And beginning to settle on the path. I carried on. Three Goosander were swimming at the side of the lake, but quickly took off towards the middle as I walked nearer.

At the far end I quickly scanned through the group of gulls, but they were mostly Black-headed, and a couple of Common Gulls amongst them. The snow was getting heavier now as well.


Round by the offices, a group of Redwing and Blackbirds were flicking through the fallen leaves, searching for goodies. A large group of Siskin swirled overhead, and settled in the Alders behind me.


I carried on to the hide, and the Robin.


Success again, as he quickly snatched a seed from my outstretched hand.
Just the one, but he's getting more and more confident each day. I left him a handful of seed and carried on towards the rowing club.

A lone Lapwing flew overhead, and a couple of Rooks.
The path was getting quite treacherous now, as the snow had covered the ice and walking on it a bit tricky. I didn't want to slip and end up in the lake.


A male Goosander was preening just beyond one of the jetties, and as I got further round, a group of six were out on the water.






Eventually I was back at the car park, and the snow getting a bit thicker.






Time to head home.











Full list of today's sightings


Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
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)
Common Goldeneye [sp] (Bucephala clangula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
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)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Common Snipe [sp] (Gallinago gallinago)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
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 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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  38


Thursday, 17 January 2013

17 Goosanders, Goldeneye and Doris




I wasn't going to post today; but


Trevor met me over the lake this morning, and after doing the feeding duties, we made our way round the north lake.


All the usual birds about, but I didn't bother doing any video today. Suddenly Trevor picked out a Goldeneye in the distance. It looked to be the same one as yesterday.


We carried on round the lake, and soon spotted some Goosander.
The total number for both north and south today, was 17. Almost a personal record.


A couple of other birds that made an appearance, that don't usually, were 3 Teal.


The main reason for today's post though, is a short video Trevor took of myself and Doris.



Hope you enjoy it; and thanks for doing it Trevor.



And finally, to round off a great morning, there was a flock of around 20 Waxwings near the bottom of my road, and a pair of Blackcaps in the garden. The male enjoying an apple.











Full list of today's sightings


Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Common Teal [sp] (Anas crecca)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Common Goldeneye [sp] (Bucephala clangula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
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)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)

Total species  42





Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Eleven Goosander, one Goldeneye




Cold, frosty and foggy.



Just before I start, I think some people would do well to remember that birds have these appendages called 'wings'. When they move them fast enough, they fly. That means they don't always stay in the same place, and hang around waiting for some people to come along and count them.


The north lake had Doris and the gang waiting under the road bridge, so after feeding them, I made my way up towards the footbridge. The water underneath has frozen, including the water the other side from the lake. I think if the cold continues to the weekend, a lot more of the lake will be frozen.

In the area by the island, a Goosander was swimming around, and also a Goldeneye.




A poor record shot. Distant and through the mist.



Moving further round, I came across a group of 5 male Goosander, that soon flew over towards the pub. Joined by some more, that made a total of 8 so far.

Up by the gully, a small group of Fieldfare were feeding on some berries, until they took flight to the safety of a tree,




(distant, but shows how frosty it was)



and most of the water here has frozen over. A small area at the edge remains unfrozen, so at least the Kingfisher has somewhere to fish still.


Past the pub, and the Goosander had moved on. Someone else moving was Doris.
She flew in with her buddies, and despite me feeding them a couple of times, she continued to follow me all the way to the road bridge.


South lake, and the Crows were waiting.
At this rate I'm going to need a buggy full of food for all these followers.


At the far end of the south lake, a big area is beginning to freeze over. And sadly 3 casualties of the cold too; three Black-headed Gulls; and one yesterday.

Robin was waiting, and he seemed to have a friend with him for a while. I'm guessing maybe a mate, as there seemed to be a great deal of tolerance between them.






A look at the mixed gulls out on the water, and then down past the rowing club, and towards the houses.
Tufted Duck, Pochard, Gadwall, and a couple more Goosander flying past.
I made that a total of 11 for the morning.



A last look round the footbridge, had a cold looking Great Tit




and an equally looking cold Dunnock.





And then home.












Full list of today's sightings


Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
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)
Common Goldeneye [sp] (Bucephala clangula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  40