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

Sunday, 26 December 2010

Golden sun, Goldeneye

Decided to get the car out this morning, and drive to the lake. Little roads still icy, but the main roads not too bad.
Topped up the car park bridge with seed, and then walked round to the next two bridges on the north lake. Left some seed on these, and then decided to just walk the south lake, since that is where most of the birds are at the moment.

Managed to catch the sun rise at the bottom end of the south lake,

and quite impressive it was too. A lone fox was making his way across one of the fields, and then about 9 a.m., the Siskin flock arrived. What great birds these are; I could watch them for hours. Almost did. I had to drag myself away, and made my way to the area in front of the houses, which still has plenty of ducks and geese.

Amongst all the usual waterfowl, at least three Goldeneye,

and a female Goosander, which I watched fly in earlier in the morning. Unfortunately the Black Swans have moved on; probably gone back to Willen Lake.
One unfortunate sighting, was a Common Gull, frozen to the ice, at the edge of the water, and being pecked occasionally by a Cormorant. Such a shame to see, and I hope the sun is strong enough to free him soon.

Back at the car park bridge, I topped up the seed again, and watched the finches and a couple of Reed Buntings. The sun was shining, but it didn’t feel that warm, and a few people were about now, enjoying the morning.

And a surprise visitor; Trevor and his good lady, from Three Counties Herald. Nice to meet you again Trevor.

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)
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)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
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)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  40


  1. Lovely shot of the goldeneye Keith - one of my favourite ducks. We get them here on the rivers Wear and Tyne and they have a really comical courtship routine.

  2. What a beautiful morning you captured and the Golden Eye is awesome too!!! Great light on that one!!

  3. Great post again Keith, I keep trying but am getting nowt. Tomorrow is a new day. Thanks for posting.

  4. Thanks Phil. Yea, I love the way they throw their head back. Watched some last year doing that.

    Thanks Dixxe. It made a change to see some sun.

    Cheers Adrian. Always tomorrow ;)

  5. Georgeous.. Just stunning. .Hope you had a nice Christmas Keith

  6. Hi Keith....your really getting good at the video narration..first think you know you will be on TV. nature shows!! lol : }...And I can understand what your saying ; }
    The sunrise is gorgeous!!

  7. A beautiful Goldeneye pictures Keith.

  8. Super sunrise shot Keith, I`m affraid I wasn`t out of bed early enough to see it today,lol. And the Golden Eye is just stunning.
    The sun and snow make for beautiful scenes don`t they, but what a pity the frozen lakes are such bad news for all the wildlife.
    It was nice to meet up with you again Keith,we walked around both lakes and I topped up the seed on the bridge before leaving.

  9. Thanks Lisa.
    I had a quiet Christmas; me, Jim and the birds :)

    On Tv grammie? Now there's a thought lol
    Glad you can understand all this nonsense I talk now lol

    Thanks Bob. They're lovely birds.

    Thanks for topping up the seed Trevor. That's 3 lots they had yesterday then lol
    I heard just before I left, a swan was frozen in the ice at the steps, by the weir, and someone had called the RSPCA. I imagine they freed it before you got round to there.

  10. Great to see the fox bounding across the snow. Haven't seen one for years though I know they are about by the occasional chicken remains I see on our walks.

  11. Thanks John. There's been a couple walking on the ice early in the morning. Chancing getting a duck or two, but the geese are an effective alarm.