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Thursday, 10 November 2011

Walk like an.......

Egyptian Goose

 Another first at the lake for me.

Originally from Africa, these were introduced to this country in the 18th century, and parts of Europe. Some escaped the collections they were in, and set up feral populations. A lot of 'birders' discount these lovely geese, calling them 'plastic', and won't count them in their birding lists. I guess the same applies to the Little Owl and Black Swan, to name a couple of others then.
Silly buggers.

The butchers seem to have returned this year, to hack at the bushes again. A bit like a plague this lot.

The north lake held the usual Tufted Duck and Coots, along with Mallard; and the wary Heron under the footbridge.

At the top end, by the weir, mixing with the Coots, were Wigeon, and a few Gadwall.

A Grey Wagtail briefly flew past; too quick for a picture, and on the boat jetty, up by the pub, the Lesser Black-backed Gull, along with a very nervous Herring Gull.

And then the Egyptian Goose, not looking 'plastic' at all, but very fine.

Onto the south lake, and I was escorted part way by three Crows, waiting for bits of apple, and the finished core.

At the very far end, a Kingfisher, in the spot I used to see him in last year.
The water birds were plentiful; Gadwall, Tufted Duck, Coot, Wigeon, Little Grebe, and a single Pochard.

As I made my way towards the rowing club, an Egyptian Goose.

Was this the same bird that had flown down from the pub, or another one?
He swam around for a bit, and then flew towards the north lake.

Not a bad morning.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
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)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Grey Wagtail [cinerea] (Motacilla cinerea 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)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
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)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  40


  1. That is a wonderful goose. I wouldn't have put it on my list because I wouldn't have known what it was. I really wonder why they chop cover down in Autumn. If they must do it then spring would seem a better time.

  2. You must have had a good time, the Egyptian Goose, WOWEE.

  3. Thanks Adrian.
    Totally agree; these 'pruning' sessions would be much better in the spring.

    Thanks Bob. A lovely goose. :-)

  4. A lovely goose to see Keith and like the Ruddy Ducks I used to see before the cull is a wild bird and has as much right to be here as all the others... not it's fault it's displaced.

  5. Thanks Andrew. Couldn't agree more. It's the humans of the world that displace the animals in the first place.

  6. Excellent find with the Egyptian Goose (or Geese) Keith. Not so good find with the vandals though! Great pics and video...[;o)

  7. Cheers Trevor. It just gets better here; apart from the vandal elements in the disguise of 'landscapers'.