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Thursday, 29 September 2011

Mandarin Ducks

A very hot, sunny, morning at the lake today; and some new visitors.

Three Mandarin Ducks flew overhead, circled round, and then dropped in at the north lake.

First time I've seen them here. Two striking males, and one equally lovely female.

Two Kingfishers were under the road bridge; a good sight.

The Canada Geese were very vocal and mobile this morning, with lots of activity going on. And one of the white Mallards looked very impressive in the sunlight this morning.

At the south lake, a few Chiffchaff, and a single male Blackcap. The Little Grebe were in their usual place, and plenty of Tufted Duck about now.

And back at the footbridge, the rat pack were doing a good job of clearing up the fallen seed.

One bird I've not seen since the 18th September though, is the Common Gull.
I do hope he's Ok.

Full list of today's sightings

Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
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)
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)

Total species  32


  1. No chance of video but the Mandarin are brilliant.

  2. Hi Keith...the Mandarin duck must have been a surprise!! Such a beautiful duck!!
    It sounds like you have the same warm weather we have been having...feels nice especially knowing what's to come!!
    I hope the Common Gull is ok...
    He has been through to much to lose the battle now!!


  3. Thanks Adrian. Not much in the video, so don't worry :-)

    We've had some good weather this week, for a change. I hope it lasts.
    I'm not sure what's happened to the Common Gull. He's usually around on the island.

  4. Lovely to see the Mandarins.
    I haven't been so lucky here although they have been seen locally.

  5. The Mandarins flying, they are fabulous.....

  6. Thanks Andrew. First time for me here, so very pleased.

    Thanks Bob. :-)

  7. The Mandarin made a nice addition to the morning Keith. Your local Canada seem to be pretty active now, ours up here haven't got together much yet.

  8. Surprised and pleased Trevor.
    Unfortunately they've gone now :-(

    Thanks Roy. The Canada Geese are very vocal at the moment, and constantly flying around here.

  9. The Mandarins are real beauties.

  10. Those ducks are beauties!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  11. OH love the mandarins!!!!I hope they come back-

  12. Thanks John.

    Thank you Gary.

    Thanks Sondra. I hope so too :-)