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Saturday, 5 November 2011

Teal, Pochard and new feeders.

A dull misty morning, but surprisingly still a few birds about.

A Collared Dove at the footbridge this morning, along with a crew of Magpies and Chaffinches. The feeders had the usual Goldfinch and Greenfinch, and at the new area, down by the lake, the Squirrel had demolished one of the seed feeders.

On round the north lake first, and quite a few Tufted Duck along with Coots; and of course, being a weekend, quite a few boats too. Along with the fog, that was slowly getting thicker, it made it a bit difficult to see anything today.

The south lake had the Crows waiting for my apple core, and at the far end, away from the boats, some new arrivals.

About eight Pochard, along with a group of Tufted Duck, and some Teal.

Only the second time I've seen Teal here. A small group of Little Grebe were chasing each other too.

Back at the car park, I decided to stop off at a garden centre, to get some more, stronger feeders. A grand total of fifty seven quid.

Should have been seventy two, but one got missed off through the checkout.



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)
Common Teal [sp] (Anas crecca)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
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 Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
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)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
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)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  42


  1. A good wander today.
    I bet it's only hours till the squirrels find a way in. A fortune is bird food at the moment. Those do lokk the rolls Royce of feeders.

  2. Cheers Adrian.
    Yea, at seventy quid, if that little bugger destroys these, then it's curtains for him.

  3. Some nice finds around the lake this morning Keith.

    Those feeders look the busines! anti squirrel tip I saw on the TV and on the RSPB website...mix some chilli powder with the bird food/nuts...the squirrels hate it and the birds don't notice!!...[;o)

  4. Yea, not a bad morning Trevor.
    I'll try that chilli powder; probably work out cheaper than those feeders lol

  5. My cats, especially Tarmal get very excited when I play your videos, not certain where the chirpy sounds are coming from, it is quite funny.

    Thank you again for a lovely morning amble, ready to begin my day now.

  6. Hi Keith...don't know how much those feeders are in American.
    You know there is no such thing as Squirrel Proof ...if there was as they calm " Squirrel Proof" the companies who make then would go out of business if they where, because there wouldn't be any need to buy more ; } lol !
    Nice walking with you this morning..the Teals are lovely with that bright teal blue flash!!


  7. Those Teal are never very cooperative Keith, but it was good to see three Dabchick in one spot.
    The Rowers must be breeding, more than ever.{:)
    We are seeing a few Pochard as well now, but no Redwing as yet.

  8. Thank you Gemel. Glad your cats enjoy the video too lol

    Thanks Grace. We'll see how long these feeders last. In dollars, I'd have spent about 115.

    Cheers Roy. I was quite excited to see the Teal here, but very distant unfortunately. Got Redwing in good numbers here now, but Fieldfare are only passing overhead at the moment.

  9. Feeding the birds is not exactly a cheap hobby these days.