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Saturday, 7 January 2012

Saturday, 7th January 2012

Dull start to the morning, but some good birds.

As I walked under the road bridge, to make my way round the north lake, two Egyptian Geese flew southwards, after being disturbed by the boats.
Oh well, it is the weekend.

Further round the lake, a Kingfisher, sitting in the bushes, and a large flock of Lapwing flying overhead.

Up at the top end, a male Goosander took to the air; flew round a bit, then headed north. Three females stayed behind though, and gave some good views.

Another Kingfisher in the bushes, and a few joggers running round the lake.
Oh well, it is the weekend.

Onto the south lake, and Crow feeding time.
Maybe he's expecting some bad weather to come, because he spent the time burying it, rather than eat now.

A good sized flock of Siskin, were flying around by the offices, and a large flock of Redwing too, up in the trees by the railway line.

Little Grebes in their usual spot, and opposite the rowing club, with a large group of gulls bobbing in the water, a Yellow Legged Gull.

Back at the feeders, a squirrel was trying his hardest to get some nuts, a few Mallard on the ground, picking up the spilt seed, and the lone Siskin on the nyger feeders.

A good morning, for a weekend.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca)
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)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Yellow-legged Gull [sp] (Larus michahellis)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
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)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  43


  1. You had a better day than I have. Barely got light and raw wet and cold. Such is life.

  2. Oh, you missed the Egyptian Geese, pity. But, you did get the Goosander, nice one Keith.

  3. Adrian, for a weekend, it was a good mornings stroll. Very mild too.

    Thanks Bob. By the time I got the camera ready, the Egyptians were showing their bums, as they departed.
    Never mind, they might turn up again.

  4. Grea inflight shots!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  5. Wonderful to read and view Keith.

  6. Love your birds around the lakes. Your video's are wonderful to watch. Love the variety of birds.

  7. Sounds like a lovely morning, despite it being the weekend ;-)
    I love Kingfisher(s) :)
    And Egyptian geese, don't get me started.
    10 months in Egypt. Not ONE of them ;-P

  8. Thanks Gary. Sometimes I get a bit lucky :-)

    Thank you Andrew, glad you enjoyed it.

    Thanks Horst. I'm fortunate to have such a great variety of birds so close to home.

    Nicole, I guess they're all over here lol

  9. Another good one Keith. Great image and video of the departing male Goosander, three females is obviously more than he could cope with!

    Shame the Egyptian Geese didn't hang around for a photo call!...[;o)

  10. Thanks Trevor. Yea, the geese were quickly spooked by the boats.
    The Goosander turned up at Willen apparently.
    No sign of any here this morning.

  11. I can't have been there at a much different time but not a hint of the Egyptian geese! :-( Still - I did see all 4 goosanders together as compensation!

  12. It was just getting light, about 7:30, as I got under the road bridge Marilyn, and the geese headed south.
    Only the second time I've seen them here.
    Not much this morning though.