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Sunday, 21 November 2010

A wet Sunday

It was very misty when I got up this morning, but by the time I was getting ready to go to the lake, it had started to rain. I went anyway.

The gulls are still being elusive on the roost, but I will get some decent video one day.
Plenty of Greylag and Canada Geese this morning, along with the Swans and Mallards. Tufted Duck in good numbers too, along with Coots. I filmed a couple having a scrap, but I’ll put that on the other blog I think.

Quite a few Gadwall now, and Herons seem to be all around the lake. Pochard and Wigeon make up the rest of the duck population. A lone Lapwing flew over, and a Buzzard was getting some grief from two Black-headed Gulls, a Magpie and a Crow, that were intent on making sure he didn’t stay. It must be tough to be a raptor.

A couple of Bullfinches were good to see, a Treecreeper foraging in some bushes, and about four different groups of Redwing around.

A good walk this morning.

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)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
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 Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris britannica)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)

Total species  38


  1. A lot of Gadwalls there, well, you're a lucky person Keith, we haven't got any.

  2. I guess it was to wet for the boats and vandals this morning! and no apples either? (thanks for the mention)

  3. Thanks Bob. Yea, the Gadwall numbers have steadily increased over the days; but still no Teal. :(

    Trevor, you're welcome.
    Double time for vandals today I suppose, and the Crows did get the apples lol

  4. Scarlet pimpernells those gulls. You seem to enjoy the way nature thwarts and poops on human endeavours;-)

  5. A most enjoyable video again Keith, I think those gulls are playing games with you!

  6. Debbie, I must admit, it does amuse me when animals get the upper hand over us. lol

    I think you are right Jan; but I will get them one day ;)

  7. You can always count on the geese to leave their mark and the Gulls were certainly playing games with you.
    That is an impressive list of birds for one outing.

  8. Thanks woodpecker. The lake always produces a good variety of birds; and the geese are evident everywhere lol