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Friday, 13 January 2012

Goosander Galore

Well, four.

A cold, frosty start to the day, with a little mist hanging over the lake too.
After topping up the feeders, and seeing a new home made fat cake, left by someone, hanging from one of the branches, I had a quick look at some daffodils out in flower across the road from the car park.
Strange to see them out so early.

The fat cake mystery was soon solved too. A gentleman I've seen a few times now, as he walks his two dogs. Thanks.

On the footbridge, the white headed Chaffinch was still around, and quite a few Reed Buntings too, along with the regular looking Chaffinch and Greenfinch.

The Mute Swan from yesterday, was still struggling to get over its obstacle, and get to the main part of the lake. I might go back later, and try to coax him round the edge, with some bread.

Gadwall and Wigeon up at the top end of the north lake, and then three Goosander flew in to join them. 

Two males, and a female. Lovely to see them.

On round the south lake, and the Crows soon came along for their apple treat.
The sun had decided to hide behind some cloud by now, and the temperature seemed to drop quite a bit; or maybe it's just my old bones feel it more these days. The knee certainly did.

At the far end, Little Grebe, a couple of Herons, a Pied Wagtail down by the rowing club, and out on the water, a group of Common Gulls, and Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

Past the town houses, and a white goose was with a group of Canada Geese. He could almost pass for a Snow Goose; almost.

As I passed cormorant island, with its Cormorants, there on the shore, was another Goosander. A female. After a quick preen, and wash, she settled down for a sleep.

A group of Mallards were picking the fallen seed from the feeders, and over by the footbridge, the Song Thrush was still singing his morning song; and was soon joined for a duet, by a Robin.


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)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
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)
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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  38


  1. It looked decidedly chilly around the lake this morning Keith!

    That's a stunning shot of the Robin in full song.

    Great video, love the close-up of the 'Snow' Goose.

    Somehow Daffodils flowering in a heavy frost doesn't seem quite right!...[;o)

  2. Cheers Trevor; yea, bloody cold when the sun went in lol
    If only it was a Snow Goose.
    It was a great mornings visit.

  3. This is a superb video. Beautiful light and some great birds.
    I wonder if the swan has fishing line round it's leg? Could be it's just a bit daft.
    It is cold here today...all the better for it.

  4. Cheers Adrian.
    I think the swan is just daft. I went back this afternoon to try and lure him up the bank, and around the obstruction, with some bread. Didn't work. The Mallards had a feast though.
    I'll see how he is tomorrow.

  5. Sounds like a wonderful morning (minus the stupidity of people and swans ;-))
    Hope your swan will get the gist and hope the Robin will keep singing for you ;)

  6. I went back in the afternoon, to try and entice the swan round the side with some bread, and up the bank.
    No good. I did a short video; I'll post later.
    The birds here are singing like it's a spring morning at the moment. Lovely to hear. Better than the background traffic noise from the road.