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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

8 comments:

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

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

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  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

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

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

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  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 ;)

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  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.

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

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