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

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Goosanders Galore

Nine of the beauties this morning.

The weather may have been dull, but the birds more than made up for it.

After doing the feeders, I made my way round to the north lake. Hundreds of gulls were on the south lake, leaving their roost. Most were heading north, but a few flew over to the bank, and the grass.

I stopped to watch a Heron fishing, at his favourite spot, under a footbridge, and he was pretty successful.
A couple of Cormorants were fishing nearby, and I think they were driving some of the fish towards the Heron, and he just picked them off, one by one. Teamwork.

A Kingfisher sat in the trees, on the island; one of his favourite spots, and a group of Wigeon were grazing on the bank. Amongst them was a one legged female Mallard, who seemed to be coping fairly well. Sad to see though.

Further along, towards the top end, a Grey Wagtail, searching what shore line is left, and in the arm of the lake, behind the pub, a pair of Goosander.

A favoured spot for these, it seems. Good numbers of Wigeon and Gadwall too.

The south lake had the waiting Crows, and a few airborne Mute Swans, circling round, seemingly undecided where to settle. Another pair of Goosander were soon spotted, swimming out in the middle of the lake, along with a few gulls.

Once I reached the far end, more Goosanders. A total of nine this morning.

A quick look under the railway arch, and sad to see some rubbish left by the railway workers from a couple of days ago. A couple of empty sealant tubes chucked on the ground, from up where they were working, and what looked like a grinding disc, thrown into one of the trees. Dirty buggers.

I searched the trees by the offices, looking for the Siskin that sometimes hang around here. No luck, but a couple of Robins were singing in the trees.

I was soon back at the car park, and checking the bushes and trees, found a couple of Bullfinch; the males red chest standing out in the branches.


I had to shorten the video; I got a bit carried away this 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)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
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)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
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)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  42


  1. You can't beat the Goosanders, great pictures.

  2. Thanks Bob. They're such lovely birds aren't they.

  3. Another enjoyable visit to Caldecotte. The Goosanders really are very elegant looking birds, especially when they're not getting stroppy :-)

    How I hate littering, I hate it with a passion!! Do you think a little rant to the railway people would be worth a try Keith, after all you have the evidence on film...

  4. Keith you had a tremendous tally today, a great gathering of Goosanders, a happy Heron, a wonderful Wagtail and a beautiful Bullfinch.

    Just a shame about the litter louts!!...[;o)

  5. Thanks Jan. I think British Rail, or whatever they're called these days, will get to know about the littering.

    Cheers Trevor. Yea, a great morning. I finished up with 18 minutes of video........would have taken all week to upload it.

  6. Hi Keith...That railway bridge looks a little creepy to me I would go there alone the rubbish is appalling!! Love how you got the evidence ; ] lol
    The still of the Goosanders is great ...and lovely on the video!!
    Hugs Grace

  7. A nice pair of Goosander Keith.

  8. Great job today Keith...I really love the Goosanders in your photos and videos, and I enjoyed seeing the wagtail in action!

  9. Grace, judging by some of the rubbish under the railway bridge, a few unsavoury characters use it at times.
    It's part of a public footpath too, which makes it more disturbing.

    Thanks Roy. Couldn't believe how many there were around.

    Thanks Sondra. I think this mornings visit will be a little's pouring with rain at the moment. lol