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Thursday, 7 October 2010

A nice pair

Red Crested Pochard, that is.

These arrived yesterday, but the weather was dire. Today, much better, so a picture.
A lovely male at the front, and his girl bringing up the rear. Good to see them on the lake, along with the Tufted Duck and the very vocal Wigeon.
The Shoveler is still on the south lake, with the two Gadwall, and the Little Grebe.
I think the next few weeks could bring some nice birds for the winter.

A good representation of the Corvid family this morning, when about 50 Jackdaws flew overhead, and at first light on the pub roof, I counted 18 Magpies.
I don’t think the rhyme goes up to 18.
Fascinating to watch a Jay, and a Crow burying some food. Maybe they are expecting another bad winter.

A quick flash from a Kingfisher, as he darted across the lake, and a lone Sparrowhawk lazily flapping overhead, were a couple of extra highlights this morning, along with a very nice sunrise.

But I’ll leave with another picture of the ‘nice pair’, before the list of today’s sightings.

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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
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)

Total species  34


  1. They are gorgeous, I was expecting one and without feathers but this will do.

  2. Lovely pictures Keith and a nice capture for you.

  3. Hi Keith ...looks like a beautiful morning there!! We are a little dreary but is supposed to get better.
    The ducks look so peaceful there on the lake..very pretty!!
    I always marvel how you can keep track of all those bird to count Hug my friend!!

  4. Thanks Roy. I love his red bill. Hope they stay for a while here.

    Thanks grammie. I don't usually count them; I leave that sort of thing to the grown up birders lol
    I was just curious when I saw all the Magpies and Jackdaws this morning.

  5. Sweet FIND..and great photos the light on the pair is awesome!

  6. Thanks Dixxe. Very pleased to see them there. :)