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Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me

Thursday, 2 December 2010

A bit of snow

Another cold morning, but not as cold as yesterday.

No sign of the female Smew this morning, in her usual spot. A lot of the ducks that were crowding under the road bridge, had moved on elsewhere, so I decided to take a walk round the south lake today.

A lot of Canada Geese getting ready to head off to the fields, to feed, and quite a few Tufted Duck, and apart from the few stragglers of the gull roost, that was about it.
I did disturb a lone Lapwing, which was at the edge of the lake, and a couple of Herons, that made their annoyance very vocally…….…and of course, the Crows; they followed me for a while.

As I reached the bottom of the lake, the snow seemed to be coming down harder.
A lot of gulls were huddled on the ice; Black-headed, Lesser Black-backed, and a few Great Black-backed.

Quickly past the offices, and a few Blue Tits and Long Tailed Tits in the trees; but no Siskins this time. And as I neared the boat area, a glimpse of a male Goosander. What a beauty these are, with their salmon pink sides, and red bill.

I watched him for a while, then mindful of the time, and weather, carried on towards the car park.

As I reached the second block of fancy houses, there beyond the frozen water, were 3 more male Goosander. Watching them through the binoculars, I picked out 5 females too.

Well worth braving the snow for.

Full list of today’s sightings

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)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
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)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)

Total species  24


  1. Hi Keith...still getting in that walk I see..good for you!!
    Your are right the Goosander is a beauty and the snow wow...we are having a bit of odd weather it rained very hard last night wild wind,and today sunny and 50 degrees!!! I'll take it!! : }
    Hugs my friend!!

  2. The Goosander was on top of your list, and I don't blame you for taking photos.

  3. Thanks Grammie. I could do with some sun here ;)

    Thanks Bob. It was good to see so many of them today.

  4. Good work once again Keith, Those Goosanders look good don`t they? It looks like they`re glowing with warmth in all that snow and ice!!

  5. Cheers Trevor. They're great birds, and look even better in good light lol

  6. You're a darned sight hardier than I am Keith. Definitely a fair weather birder here. The Goosander really stands out from the rest with its longer lighter coloured body.

  7. Thanks John. Yea, they are a great bird to see.
    There's been a report of a sighting yesterday, of a Sanderling. Just wish I'd seen it lol

  8. Snow for you at last. It should warm up for a day before turning really cold again.

  9. Probably nowhere near as much snow as you've got Adrian. Still too much for me though lol