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Sunday, 12 December 2010

A cold Sunday

A frosty start to the morning, and cold enough to put the thermal trousers on.
I was a bit later than usual; it was getting light as I got there, so I quickly put some seed on the car park bridge, and then made my way under the road bridge.

Most of the south lake was frozen, but under the bridge it was free from the icy grip, allowing the assembled ducks to feed and swim. Mallard, Gadwall, Pochard, Wigeon, Great Crested Grebes, and the female Scaup were all happily ducking and diving.
The Crows dropped in to see if I had food, so after feeding them, I made my way round the north lake.

A lot of this had frozen again, but at the very top end, an area remained unfrozen, and had quite a gathering there; mostly Canada Geese, Coots and Tufted Duck.

On to  the south lake, and this hadn’t dodged the ice either. Most of this was frozen. A few assorted gulls on the ice, and in the unfrozen parts, Coots, Tufted Duck, and a pair of Goldeneye.
At the far end, in the trees, a Robin sat in the sun, Redwing and Blackbirds eating the Hawthorn berries, and a party of Long Tailed Tits, working through the branches.

Back at the car park, about 7 Moorhen took to the trees, looking very out of place; a few finches and tits on the bridge, eating the remaing seed, one last look for the Kingfisher, and then home.

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)
Greater Scaup [sp] (Aythya marila)
Common Goldeneye [sp] (Bucephala clangula)
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)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
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)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)

Total species  38


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  2. Another great video Keith :)

    Perhaps those Moorhen are just fed up of having permanently cold feet!!

    And as for the boat people...... Aah shame :) :) :) he...he...he!

    That opening shot of the Crow is just superb, he doesn’t look to happy tho` are you sure you`re feeding him enough?

  3. Around the World, erm, thanks; I think

    Thank you Trevor. That Crow was amazing. He got so close at one point, I could have reached out and touched him lol

  4. My apologies but I've been missing from blogging and blogs a bit recently.

    That's some snooty looking crow Keith :D And Goosanders... lovely !

  5. Just been catching up again, I'm really struggling to keep up at the moment :( Those boat people are a real pain! The poor birds are fighting so hard to survive in this weather without having to use extra energy when spooked by them!

    I know I keep saying it but what a brilliant selection of birds you get there.

    Your Crow encounter reminded me very much of the one I had a couple of months ago. Excellent photo :)

  6. No worries Tricia. Life gets in the way sometimes.
    Those Crows are great characters. They caw very noisily till I feed them now lol

    Thanks Jan. If I had my way I'd ban the boats completely through the winter months.