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Thursday, 9 December 2010

Thursday morning

Four o’clock this morning, (thanks Jim), there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.
When I took him for his walk at six, the cloud had rolled in. A dull start to the day, but as the sun climbed up, it produced a fiery glow in the sky, which was amazing.

The Geese were pretty vocal, prior to take off, and the water they had found had plenty of other ducks in there with them, including six Goosander.
Down at the weir, a Grey Wagtail put in an appearance, and all around the lake, there were large flocks of Redwing flying about.
The Crows were their usual entertaining selves, and the Mallards were as hungry for food as ever.
Still large areas of the lake is frozen, which forces the birds into the available unfrozen areas; but it does make it easier to observe them.
And when I got back to the car park, no rarities today; but a strange sight nonetheless.

A Moorhen up a tree. Maybe the water was too cold today.

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)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
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)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
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)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
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)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)

Total species  39


  1. Wow!! The first picture is a stunner......Where does the light come from so early? Up here it is eight before the sun rises and it's gone again by three thirty. Took my mind of the video. I have video from Santa....will be e-mailing for advice.

  2. You are better than me, four in the morning? I like 6:30ish myself. Great shots. Hope work and life in general is treating you good as well.

  3. I'm sure that one of these days you are going to get back home and find a couple of Mallards and a Crow sat on the back seat of your car ;)

    I always think how strange Cormorants and Herons look in trees but that Moorhen looked really out of place!

    Great video again, so many nice birds on that lake but I do feel sorry for them trying to survive in the cold.

    There were some great images on your post with the hoar frost, it was like that here too.

  4. Another great post Keith.Love the Wagtail (and the `super size` Mallards) lol.

  5. Hi Keith...the video today was so great with all those different ducks, geese, and that beautiful Swan right in among them, all grouped together ...amazing!!
    What a thrill to be able to see that!!
    Keep warm; Hugs

  6. An amazing photo the color is awesome!! Ive never seen a moorhen in a tree--lol I guess she was ready for a change!

  7. Thanks Adrian. That first shot was taken just before 9 a.m.
    About 10 minutes, and the light had gone.
    Can you send Santa on to me after? lol

    Thanks Dale. Yea, things are going slowly, but in the right direction.

    Jan, thank you. Some of those birds really are getting tame lol
    I’ve seen Moorhens up in trees a few times before; one sitting on a nest once, but they always surprise me I do see them like that.

    Cheers Trevor. That Grey Wagtail is becoming fairly regular in that spot at the moment.

    Thanks grammie. It really is a lake rich in wildfowl at the moment.
    It seems to be suddenly popular with other local birders at the moment too.

    Thanks Dixxe. The light of the sun for a few short minutes in the morning, was amazing.