Half a dozen Redwing landed in the trees by the car park, and started feeding on the berries. The first lot that I’ve actually seen stop, and land, instead of flying overhead.
Things are certainly hotting up round the lake at the moment.
The five Red Crested Pochard are still here, and the common Pochard have turned up again this morning. Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Gadwall and Shoveler, along with the Mallard, Coots and Moorhens………the lake is beginning to get busy. The Little Grebe are still at the south lake, a large flock, or gaggle, of Canada Geese flew in, and a Kingfisher flew by.
I didn’t want to leave, but I’d promised a neighbour I’d be back fairly early to collect a parcel for them.
On the way back to the car, I noticed the usual mad feeding frenzy of some Black-headed Gulls.
I’ve been watching these for the last few days, always about the same time, and always the same place. And the reason for all this frantic activity?
Check the water, to the right of the main group. Not a Loch Ness monster, but a Cormorant. He’s one of six, that regularly feed this little spot in the mornings. The gulls have soon cottoned on to this, and are there to pick up anything that’s dropped, anything they can steal, or anything that’s disturbed. Pretty smart. I can just imagine the Cormorant, each time he surfaces, saying……..'WTF!!'
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)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
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)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Total species 35