A bitterly cold morning, and since Jim had me awake early, and I didn’t have to be in work till 10 a.m. ………………………………..
Well, I couldn’t keep away. I scraped the frost and ice from the car windscreen, and headed over to the lake. I concentrated on just the water birds this morning, I only had about an hour, before I had to leave, and get ready for work, pick up a prescription, and make an appointment to see a doctor, about a reaction to some of the tablets I’m on.
So, a rushed visit, but glad I went.
All the birds were concentrated under the road bridge, since that hadn’t frozen over yet. It was still dark when I got there, but I figured by about 7, it might be getting just light enough to see what was on the water.
Black-headed Gulls were leaving their roost, and flying overhead, along with a few Canada and Greylag Geese, heading to the fields to the north. With so many ducks crammed into a small area it was quite noisy; even above the traffic thundering overhead.
A Kingfisher made an appearance on the other side of the lake, and sat in the bushes for a while. After a few minutes, another appeared, but was quickly chased away. I’m guessing the second bird was looking for somewhere to fish, since his territory was frozen over.
Wigeon were whistling, and the Coots and Mallards were calling, and then the Crows arrived. Like old friends, they turned up to see what food I had. They were in luck. A bag of seed in my pocket, gave them a quick breakfast.
And then, unfortunately, it was time to go. Not as many birds seen as usual, but enough to keep me going for today.
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)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
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)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Total species 20