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Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Red Crested Pochard, Shoveler and Siskins.

I've had two trips over the lake since getting back from Wales; to top up the feeders and replace the ones destroyed by the pesky squirrels, so today was the first day I could really have a good look round. Some new visitors too.

I started with the north lake, and Coot numbers are increasing, along with the Tufted Duck. I didn't see so many Wigeon today; perhaps Captain Ahab had sent them flying earlier, as he paddled around in his little boat.
What I did see though, were three Red Crested Pochard; two males and a female.

Always good to see these lovely ducks, and they seem to drop in every year. The males with their splendid red bills and ginger heads, are quite striking.

Up near the weir, a couple of Pied Wagtails catching the small flies, and a couple of Green Woodpeckers silently flying past.
Plenty of Black-headed Gulls around the pub, along with the Lesser Black-backed Gull, and a group of Starlings, stabbing at the grass.

The south lake had a group of Canada Geese, grazing beside the footpath, and out on the water, six Shoveler.

Down by the railway line I had a quick look in the tree tops, for any winter visitors, that seem to enjoy this little spot. Sure enough, a small group of about 50 Siskin high in the Beech tree.

Past the rowing club, a Grey Wagtail flew by, and a small group of Swans came over to see if I had any food. Cormorant island had its usual group of Cormorants sitting in the trees; but still no sign of the Common Gull.

One last look at the feeders before I left, a few Redwing in the bushes, eating the berries, and one of the Crows stopped to pose for a picture.

A lovely morning, with some great birds 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)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
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)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
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)
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)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)

Total species  40


  1. The Red-crested Pochard is beautiful, it must be a delightful lake that you have got.

  2. Thanks Bob. Yea, it's one of my favourite places, and only 2 miles from where I live.

  3. How cute was Mr Crow!
    Love them, such intelligent and amusing birds. What a slice of tranquillity you have on your doorstep!

  4. NIce find, the RC Pochards Keith, hopefully that means we should get some before long now. I have only managed one distant Goldeneye so far this time of year.

  5. Hi nice to hear that voice and see the video from the lake again! ; }
    You and those crows make me
    Lovely to watch those two Swans take flight, and the Pochard's are beauties!!


  6. It looks as if you are in for a good birding winter. A grand video. I miss them whilst you are away Wales watching.

  7. Nice to see the great variety of birdlife around the lake Keith. And the 'winter' numbers starting to build.

    Excellent video, with those beautiful autumn colours...[;o)

  8. Thanks Gemel. It's a great place to escape to for a few hours, and always has plenty to see.

    I've not seen any Goldeneye here yet Roy. Maybe in the next few weeks.

    Thanks Grace. Glad you enjoy my 'dulcet' tones lol
    The Crows are brilliant; and this time of year they seem to follow me for some food.

    Thank you Adrian. This is a great lake for producing the unexpected.
    Looking forward to the next few months.

  9. Thanks Trevor. Yea, the numbers are building up now. I'm hoping the Brambling return soon.