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Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me

Friday, 23 December 2011

Coots fighting

Dull, cloudy, and a few spots of rain this morning.

After topping up the feeders, I noticed that someone had left some seed on one of the picnic tables, by the car park. Not me; I had agreed with Dawn not to leave any there anymore. I'm sure the birds appreciated it though, and I doubt many people will be using the tables at the moment.

A brief glimpse of the Great Northern Diver; but no sign of the Goosander.
A Green Woodpecker sat in a tree, doing his best to look invisible,

 but I still could see him.

A group of Canada Geese were grazing by the pub, and one stood out amongst all the others.

Looking very much like a Canada Goose, apart from his mixed up face markings, different colour bill, and different colour legs. My guess is one of his parents was a Greylag Goose.
I was more convinced when he flew off, sounding just like a Greylag.

Onto the south lake, and after feeding the Crow escort, and a few Mallards, my attention was taken by a couple of Coots, having a real battle.

And as always, a group of other Coots appear, and some can't resist joining in.
Don't they know it's the season of peace and goodwill?

At the far end of the lake, a large flock of birds settled in the trees by the railway line.
Through the binoculars I could make out a mixed flock of Goldfinches and Siskin.
Lovely to watch them as they moved through the branches, searching for food.

On the wader scrape, a large number of Black-headed Gulls, with a few Common Gulls mixed in, and a couple of Herring Gulls.

Back at the car park, more Siskin and Goldfinch in the bushes; a very rewarding morning.

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)
Great Northern Diver (Gavia immer)
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)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
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)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  40


  1. A damp wander this morning.
    I think the coots have had a little too much Christmas spirit.

  2. Excellent selection on the video today Keith. I like that mixed up goose, very smart!

    I guess those Coots were just agreeing to disagree, as is their way!...[;o)

  3. Keith, I'm glad those Coots don't know it's the season of Peace and Goodwill. Imagine being stuck in a last-minute-shopping supermarket queue behind that bunch. Doesn't bear thinking about. All the best for Christmas and I hope you have a phototastic New Year.

  4. A fair selection today Keith, including the elusive blue flipper rarely seen on it own lol.
    Those Coots really go for it making good use of those big feet.

  5. They always remind me of fighting kids in a school playground Adrian.
    Fascinating to watch, but quite ferocious at times.

    Cheers Trevor. They always seem to be arguing.

    Thanks Graeme. I reckon they could pick a fight with their own shadows.
    Have a great Christmas.

    Thanks John. It's strange some of the things we come across on our travels lol

  6. The Green Woodpecker looks so good, I wish it was mine. And what do the Coots think the are doing, it is christmas time, I don't know.

  7. OUCH wonder what the fight was about? LOVELY Woody photo...such a brilliant bird. That Hybrid is really cool looking...Have a wonderful weekend and a great Christmas Keith!!

  8. Thanks Bob. Those Coots are always at it aren't they. lol

    Thanks Andrew.

    Thank you Sondra. I think Coots just like to fight sometimes. They're always chasing after each other on the lake for some reason or the other.
    Best wishes to you too.

  9. All the best for Christmas and the New Year Keith. My New Year resolution will be to up my game and produce some pictures of birds that are half as good as yours.

  10. Thanks Phil. Appreciate your comments.
    All the best to you for Christmas.