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Thursday, 4 November 2010

Half a lake..... better than none.

I just walked the north lake this morning, and a bit later than usual.
Then I went off to Stockgrove Park, to hopefully get some bird pictures, and see some Siskins. I wasn’t disappointed, on both counts.

But back to Caldecotte.
Plenty of Black-headed Gulls, Coots and Tufted Ducks; but I didn’t do any counting today. The trees are still looking wonderful, with their autumn colour; but a windy day today, and lots of leaves falling. I think the show draws to a close.

No Red Crested Pochard again, and only a couple of Common Pochard on the lake. Canada Geese are in huge numbers, and quite a few Herons and Cormorants fishing today.
The bushes held the usual Goldfinches round the car park, along with Chaffinch and Greenfinch; and half a dozen Redwing scoffing the berries.

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)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
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)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  29


  1. Hi Keith....Cool here this morning 22 degrees. 1 inch of ice in the bird bath!! brrrr
    Radar shows ice and snow mix but only a light rain so far!!
    At least you still have some bright color...our's is getting pretty much brown!!!
    Hugs my friend!!

  2. I guess your red crested has left for parts unknow for now.

  3. You were lucky with the Siskins and variable ducks, because I didn't go outside, except to the library.

  4. Thanks Grammie. Very windy here today; I think a lot of the leaves here will be gone soon.
    And I'm all behind again :(

    I think you're right Dixxe. I'll miss him

    Thanks Bob. Yea, had a good day today, but busy.
    Saw Redpolls too :)

  5. Awful wind and bad light almost stopped play here Keith.

  6. Slight improvement here today Roy. Just rain to contend with now lol