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Monday, 11 October 2010

And then there were five

Five Red Crested Pochard this morning. The male is building up a harem, it seems. He’s now joined by four females. Greedy, if you ask me.

The Little Grebe are still enjoying the safety of the south lake, but the north seems to have most of the birds today. Big numbers of Canada and Greylag geese, along with Gadwall, Tufted Duck, Pochard and Wigeon.

And big numbers of Redwing flying over this morning. Three separate large groups overhead, and one group very vocal as they went.
Would Fieldfare be passing over now too? I wonder, because some of the birds looked to have light rumps. Maybe they were Fieldfare, but not 100% certain.

Certain of the many Blackbirds around the car park, and Chaffinches in the bushes.
And as I made my way to the car park, the blue flash of a Kingfisher.

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)
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina)
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 Kestrel [sp] (Falco tinnunculus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
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)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  33


  1. Hi Keith...your just jealous of that male Pochard and his harem.LOL ; }
    Later: Hugs

  2. Five Keith, it would be good if I could see one this year.{:)

  3. Yea, you're probably right grammie lol

    I was really surprised to see five there this morning Roy. Maybe more tomorrow? lol

  4. Not greedy insane, he may have the luxury of deafness.

  5. Keith, wow that is amazing list. I think I had it once, but only once, lol. Nice photo of the duck. BTW nice blog makeover. Anna :)