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Saturday, 22 January 2011

Saturday 22nd January

The morning started dull and wet, and didn’t improve.

Joggers, boats, bikes and walkers; it’s a wonder there were any birds.

Four Goosander though, and I managed to capture most of the Great Crested Grebes weed dance on video.
I set off round the south lake first, for a change, after putting some seed on the bridge.

First female Goosander spotted, along with lots of Tufted Duck, Coots, Mallards and some boats, getting ready to venture out.
I stopped at the bottom of the south lake, and watched as two Great Crested Grebes began their courtship, and weed dance. Spring can’t be far away now, with the Mallards at it, and the Grebes getting all romantic.
A couple of Sparrowhawks flying overhead, and a group of Canada Geese grazing on the west shore kept me entertained; and then two more female Goosanders.

Onto the north lake, with more Coots, Pochard, Wigeon, and yet another female Goosander. Don’t know where the males have gone, but plenty of females here.
Two more Grebes were indulging in some head shaking, and I managed to get a good view of a Green Woodpecker; before he realised I was watching him.

Back at the footbridge, I topped up the seed again, and watched the Chaffinches and Reed Buntings enjoying breakfast.
More joggers were appearing now, along with some walkers and one or two bikes, so I decided it was time for me to leave.

An enjoyable morning though, despite the weather and the people.

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)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
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)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  37


  1. Hi Keith..Well it looks like the weekend brings out activity around and on the lake...I wonder if the birds hate to see the weekends come as much people love to see it come !!
    Funny little Grebe dance "wonder what the song was" lol!!
    Green woodpecker very pretty bird!!

  2. Super video Keith. Spring is definitely in the air, great shots of the G.C.Grebes.........shame about the BP,J,B and W`ers :{

  3. Lucky you a Green Woodpecker. Odd how they are often on the ground.

  4. Think I lost my first comment attempt...Again what a show that was a super dance scene! Love the photo up top too!

  5. I think the birds dislike the disruption at the weekends as much as I do grammie lol

    Couldn't agree more Trevor. Too many W`ers there at weekends lol

    Thanks Adrian. A favourite spot for them there. They search for the ants. Must be quite a few in that spot.

    Thank you Dixxe. I've wanted to catch that Grebe dance on video for a while. Want a closer view now! lol

  6. Lovely Blue Tit shot and enjoyed seeing the GC Grebe dance - hope you manage a closer shot.

    Covenham Reservoir here in Lincolnshire has the same sort of disruption at weekends once the windsurfing / sailing season starts. Must admit I enjoy watching the wind surfers - they fall in more often than the sailors. No joggers or fit people who need two sticks to walk on flat ground either.

  7. Thanks John. Weekends seem terribly busy round here, and it'll get worse as the good weather arrives.

  8. You have solved a mystery for me Keith! I have seen walkers with those poles but never knew what they had them for so when I heard you mention Nordic Walking I looked it up and... what a darned silly idea it is (in my opinion)!! ;)

    Anyway, apart from all the 'traffic' it looked like a most enjoyable walk again although I still haven't quite recovered from the most unlikely (Stella accompanied!) jogger I think I have ever seen, as my old Mum used to say 'there's nowt so queer as folk'!

    Well done with the Grebes, their dance really is enchanting, I saw it on TV once set to music, quite beautiful. Lovely Blue Tit capture too.

  9. Thanks Jan. The Nordic walking seems the most pointless pastime I could think of. Why not just walk briskly?
    That jogger was classic, wasn't he lol