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

Tuesday, 27 December 2011


An excellent morning.

The Great Northern Diver is still on the north lake, diving in the area of the buoy marked #4. He seems to like it there.

Further up, by the top end, the female Goosander is still there, and lots of flying action this morning from the Canada Geese. The usual Gadwall, Wigeon and Coots; and a lone Pochard.

To the south lake, and after being escorted by the Crows, and now a few Mallard, I eventually reached the bottom end of the lake.
Coots fighting, Mallards mating, and in the distance, a cracking male Smew.

Not the best of pictures, but they do have a habit of disappearing after a day or so.

Some Little Grebes, and Great Crested Grebes; with a few Herons thrown in, and then I found myself down by the rowing club. Just along from there, a male Goosander, looking very handsome in his salmon pink plumage.

Siskins by the feeders topped off an excellent morning.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
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)
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)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
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)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
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)
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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  40


  1. The Male Goosander is my favourite, and the video is brilliant.

  2. Looks like Im first up this morning...Raining here so Im sort of having to refigure how Im spending this day...WOW what a line up you had today--thats the very first Sighting of a smew Ive seen here on the blog...and that male goosander is WOW beautiful!!!!

  3. Thanks Bob. The male certainly is a handsome chap.

    Thanks Sondra. Had a great morning here. Hope your rain soon passes.

  4. Hi Keith....I like Sondra said ..the first Smew I've seen to ...handsome bird!!
    There is quite the gathering of water birds there a big party...I could see how small the grebe is by comparing it to the Mallard that swam by him lol!!
    The hit of the day for me is the male Goosander WOW what a hamdsome one he is!!

  5. Thanks Grace. Yea, two really lovely birds here this morning. Hopefully I can do them justice tomorrow.

  6. I knew I shouldn't've mentioned the lack of wintering ducks at Linford Lakes! We managed 4 Goldeneye yesterday, but male Smew and Goosander are top trumps! Well done. Regards, Graeme

  7. The Smew is a wonderful bird to see Keith...
    2011 is ending so well for us both.

  8. Cheers Graeme. Had a male Goldeneye here yesterday, but couldn't find him today. There's been some good birds here recently.

    Thanks Andrew. Yea, going to be a hard act to follow for next year :-)

  9. Wow, that Smew is a beautiful bird. I have never heard of it before. Glad you posted the photos of the Smew, thank you. Happy New Year.

  10. Thanks Horst. It is a stunning bird, and only the third time, that I know of, that one has turned up here.

  11. The Smew was a find and a half. Well worth going out for.

  12. Cheers Adrian, it certainly was.
    I suspect it'll be busy with birders today.

  13. Hi Keith, I've just caught up with your last few posts.

    Wow, what a grand selection of visitors you've had around for Christmas?
    Let's hope they keep on coming for the new year!

    Great images and videos, and I loved the 'singing bush'[;o)

  14. Yes very excellent Keith. Nice captures.

  15. Trevor, it's been great here recently.
    Good to see you and your lady today too.

    Roy, it's been a great few days here.

  16. It is official winter here and we still get some action from Canada Geese, lol. Keith, hope all is well with you, sorry I missed you for Christmas. Wishing you happy new year, love, peace and good health. Cheers, Anna :)

  17. Anna, thank you.
    I hope all's well with you.
    All the very best to you and your family, for the new year.