Top morning for Goosander.
I had a look this morning at all the cygnets I found, and none had a fish hook in its mouth. I can only think that the RSPCA came, and sorted him out yesterday. So hopefully, good news.
Big numbers of Redwing about this morning,
(Does my tail look big?)
and plenty of Fieldfare too.
The Mallards were their usual hungry selves, so they had to be fed, before I could pass under the road bridge.
A Kingfisher flashed across the lake, towards the pub. It seems he's back at his usual hunting spot now.
The north lake is still pretty much frozen, save for an area at the top end. A female Goosander was in amongst the countless Coots and Tufted Duck. Also three Shoveler, and a surprise sight; four Teal. Another Kingfisher flew alongside the wall at the top end, towards the river.
On the river, were four more Goosander, but they soon took to the air, and flew around for a while.
Canada Geese were flying about now too, and a few Greylag Geese.
Up past the pub, the Lesser Black-backed Gull was around again, and a couple of Pied wagtails on the grass.
Once under the road bridge, it was Mallard time again,
and a chance to check a few more cygnets for hooks.
The Kingfisher flew across to the far side, and sat in a tree, waiting for me to move on.
Mallards fed, it was the turn of the Crows.
It amazes me how they can suddenly appear out of nowhere, and know that there will be some food. They seem smarter than some people I know.
Walking towards the far end, most of the lake was frozen still. I looked across at the far side, by the houses and rowing club, where a larger part now is unfrozen. More Goosander, half a dozen I could see, plenty of various gulls and the usual assortment of ducks.
Walking towards the offices, a group of Redwing were foraging in the grass, flicking the leaves over, the way a Blackbird does.
Amongst them a Song Thrush,
who seemed to grab himself a snail, and quickly left for the cover of the nearby bushes.
No sign of any Siskin, as I made my way past the offices, and on reaching the rowing club, the numbers game got into top gear.
A dozen Goosander.........no, a few more, 15 Goosander......no wait, more......twenty.
A grand finishing total this morning of 26. There could well have been a couple more; they kept popping up like magic.
Eleven males suddenly took to the air, and flew off, making a big circle, before coming back to land, where they set off from. Fantastic sight to see so many.
Back at the car park, a look at the feeders, and a scan through the bushes and trees, revealed quite a few finches.
Another great 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)
Common Teal [sp] (Anas crecca)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
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)
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)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
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)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
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 41