No frost this morning, dull and cloudy; but what a great morning for seeing the birds. (and now the sun is out!)
Full list at the end, but a total of 41 seen this morning; and that’s without a few of the regulars. If I’d stayed out longer, I think easily a few more.
I’d walked the north lake first, as usual, and added to the list, Kingfisher, Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Pochard, Red Crested Pochard, Gadwall, Greylag and Canada Geese, Heron, Mallard, Great Crested Grebe, Crow, Magpie, Dunnock……………they were appearing one after the other. A huge flock of Redwings flew overhead, going east to west, Pied Wagtails were out in force in front of the pub, and as I passed under the bridge, to head round the south lake, another Kingfisher on the far side. I stood watching him for a while, and toyed with the idea of crossing the bridge for a closer look. He sat, I stood; so I made my way over the bridge. Yea, you guessed it. By the time I’d got to the other side, he’d gone. Oh well, one day I’ll get that elusive picture.
I crossed back over the bridge, and began walking round the south lake. I’m on the west bank, looking across to the east side, and circling over the lake, a Sparrowhawk. I stood and watched him for a while, then suddenly he broke off from his leisurely flight, and shot off.
I followed him with the binoculars; he’d obviously seen something. And there, heading this way, a big flock of birds. He cut through the middle, like a hot knife through butter, the birds scattered in two directions, as he disappeared from view.
I couldn’t pick him up again, but the flock regrouped, and carried on this way.
About a hundred Fieldfare!
Just another hazard, these birds face that make the long migration journeys.
At the bottom of the south lake, the Shoveler and Little Grebe, more fly bys of Redwing and Fieldfare, and a big group of Swans by the rowing club jetty.
Back at the car park, a few more birds added to the mornings list, while I stood watching some Redwing feeding.
And a little Wren stood watching me……….
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)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
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)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
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 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)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Total species 41