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Friday, 30 December 2011

Smew 1 Goosander 3

and the Great Northern Diver still here too.

A few spots of rain greeted the morning,

but it soon stopped, for most of the morning.

Coots were fighting, like they usually do; Wigeons were whistling, like they usually do; and there was plenty of flying activity too, from the Canada Geese, Greylag Geese, and the Mute Swans.

Still some Ragwort out in flower, Red Clover, and Yarrow. Amazing, considering the year is nearly out.

The Great Northern Diver is still around his usual haunt, at the north lake, and two Kingfishers sped by the reeds, up near the pub.
A Green Woodpecker was busily pummelling the grass, in his search for ants, and as I began to make my way to the south lake, the Mallards began massing, expecting food.
They got some, as did the Black-headed Gulls that arrived too.

At the south lake I was welcomed by the Crows, waiting for their apple core, and quite a few Great Crested Grebes, were swimming along the edge. A couple of Little Grebes were about too, but very shy, and constantly diving.

At the far end, another Kingfisher flashed past the reeds, and over by the island, a group of Greylag Geese in the water, and a female Goosander, preening on the shore.

The male Smew was diving off the island too. Good to still see him here; they don't usually stay more than a day when they do come.

Redwings up in the trees, and quite a group of Chaffinch, Goldfinch, and Siskin.

Making my way towards the rowing club, I was surprised, and pleased, to see three Goosander, eagerly fishing.

One male, and two female. Naturally, as I got closer, they began to swim further out towards the middle of the lake, making it difficult for pictures.

As I passed the town houses, I met up with another blogger.
It's always good to put faces to the people behind the blogs, and after a quick chat, we carried on; Graemme, and his friend, in search of Smew and Goosander; and me, in search of anything that turns up.

Turn up it did.
Another fellow blogger, I met here a couple of days ago, Scott, of Wildlife, photography and stuff.

A quick chat, and an ID of a bird he'd taken, and then it was  time to go.

Almost. I wanted to see if the diver was still on the north lake, (it was), and I wanted a quick look at the feeders.

A Great Spotted Woodpecker on the nuts, and a group of Goldfinch on the nyger seed.

Another cracking 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)
Smew (Mergellus albellus)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Great Northern Diver (Gavia immer)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
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)
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  39


  1. HI Keith...Enjoyed this morning post in reding and video...( yes I do read..I don't just look at th photo's ; })
    The Windmill at the Pub is so picquerist ..nice!!
    A flurry of activity this morning and a great in bloom is pretty crazy!!
    The Goosander's make a pretty good heart shape...that was cute!!


  2. Smew 1 Goosander 3, it sounds like a football score. Beautiful photos.

  3. Another good one Keith.

    I liked the displaying Great Crested Grebe backlit in the golden morning light...beautiful!

    Displaying birds, flowers in bloom...the seasons are going haywire!...On Boxing Day I drove past some Flowering Cherry Trees that are just coming into bloom!, ( I know they're early because I've driven past them at least twice a week for the last 8 years and they normally flower about mid April!) ...Strange goings on!

    Looks like the birds are gathering on the lake for a mega New Year's Day get together!...hope you've got the invites handy?[;o)

  4. Thank you Grace. The pub is very photogenic. Depending where you stand, you can have the sun rising, or setting, behind it.
    The flowers in December are just crazy.

    Thanks Bob. The birds are all top scorers. lol

    Trevor, the seasons have gone mad. I've never known flowers blooming the way they are.
    When I was in Wales a couple of weeks ago, Blackberry bushes were in bloom!

  5. well we are approaching the never before seen by man alignment in 2012 so who knows whats gonna happen, if nothing else its a great mystery to ponder. Awesome footage today Keith...Love the swans and those coots are at it again...they get tiffed quite easy!!
    Always fun to meet fellow bloggers!!

  6. Really love your Windmill Photo. It's awesome.

  7. Keith that was delightful, what a glorious morning you had. They were all a lot more lively this morning, I had to giggle at the domestic squabble in the water.

    It certainly is a beautiful place Caldecotte Lake, must fill you with such vibrant energy every time you visit.

    Also, it is weird how many flowers are blooming out of season here too, seems that there are many changes occurring on a planetary scale, makes me wonder what is yet to come.

  8. Thanks Sondra. Scary times ahead I think.

    Thank you Horst.

    Thanks Gemel.
    The lake is a lovely place to escape to. Off their again, in about 5 minutes.