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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.




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I had to shorten the video; I got a bit carried away this morning.


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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

9 comments:

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

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

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  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...

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  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)

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  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.

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  6. Hi Keith...That railway bridge looks a little creepy to me I would go there alone ...an 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

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  7. A nice pair of Goosander Keith.

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

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  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 damp.....it's pouring with rain at the moment. lol

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