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Sunday, 31 October 2010

Some Black Magic for Halloween

In the shape of the Black Swan. He’s turned up this morning, and sounding very vocal. Swimming around calling, and sounded very soulful. Good to see him.

Plenty of Mute Swans to keep him company, lots of Wigeon, an army of Coots, Black-headed Gulls building numbers daily, Tufted Duck outnumber the Mallard, I would think, and Greylag and Canada Geese keep the north lake looking busy.
And the Red Crested Pochard is still there, amongst all and sundry.

Three Kingfishers around the lake, Redwings at the car park, along with Greenfinches, Bullfinches, Blackbirds, Blue Tits, Great Tits and just about every other regular. And the lone Shoveler still at the south lake; all this despite the rowing club up and down the lake, with their armada of boats, joggers pounding the paths, and a few fishermen dotted around.
And speaking of fishermen; the Cormorants getting their usual harassment from the Black-headed Gulls.

I’m sure that Cormorant on the left was swearing.

Well, that's 50 posts already! Think it might slow down a little now work is on the horizon.

Full list of today’s sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)

Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)

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)

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 Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)

Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)

Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)

British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)

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)

British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)

Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)

Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)

Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)

Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)

European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)

British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)

Total species  34


  1. Hi Keith...Very dreary morning here and it snowed in the Northern part of the state last night!! yuck!
    I love the the Black Swan it is so beautiful!! Looks like the Pouchard is quacking away...maybe he is calling "trick or treat"......and maybe the Comorant was giving out treat to the he's swearing! lol ; }
    Big Hugs!!

  2. The black swan is really cool, does he no longer have a lady friend? I think you must have told the pochard a joke or something it looks like he's killing himself laughing

  3. Thanks Grammie. Snow already? Yea, yuck indeed lol

    The Black Swan is all alone Debbie; a shame. I think a girlfriend would really cheer him up.

  4. The Black Swan is a beautiful and a halloween night for you.

  5. How apt that the Black Swan should appear today, he gave you a great post title :) Have I remembered it wrong or did you not tell us he had a white girlfriend a while ago?

    I seem fated not to join your followers here :( Although I am on my own computer I keep getting the following message:
    'We're sorry... We were unable to handle your request. Please try again or return a bit later.'

    Oh well it's different to the one I get when I try to follow from the other computer! I'll try again later.

  6. The Swan is the open mouth on the Pochard-

  7. Thank you Bob. It was such a surprise to see him that morning.

    Jan, he couldn't have timed it better lol
    Not sure what's happening with the 'following' thing. Google gremlins I suspect.

    Thanks Dixxe. I want to try and get round there today if I can; see if he's still there. :)

  8. A magnificent looking black swan there Keith.

    The Cormorant probably counts gulls as being the chavs of the bird world ;)

  9. Thanks John. Yea, he's a real beauty.