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Monday, 27 February 2012

5 Goosander, 3 Kingfishers, and fighting Coots

A dull cloudy morning, so I just took the binoculars out today; and the video camera.

The seed in the feeders hadn't gone down very much, so I was soon making my way towards the road bridge. The regular pair of Mallards were already there, waiting for breakfast.

A lot of bird song this morning; it seems spring has arrived, and the temperatures are much milder.

I found 2 Kingfishers over on the island. Maybe a pair? Let's hope a successfully breeding pair. In amongst the trees, further along round the lake, I found more signs of spring. Two clumps of Primroses. A lovely sight to see.

A group of Wigeon were grazing towards the top end of the lake, and as I made my way round towards the pub, two pairs of Coots were busily fighting, out amongst the Gadwall and Tufted Duck.

I watched them for a while, and then another Kingfisher flew across the lake, into one of the trees on the far side. I filmed the general area, but it wasn't until I played the video back on the computer, that I noticed him dive into the water, and then back up in the tree. I wonder if he caught a fish?

Past the pub, quite a few Starlings up on the windmill, the Lesser Black-backed Gull wandering around on the grass, and a Pochard swimming in front of the pub. He's usually here with a female, but no sign of her this morning.

The Crows were waiting for their apple; or two of them were. A third seemed quite content upsetting a pair of Magpies, by sitting in the tree they had built a nest in.
Despite their chattering, and bits of apple flying around, he wasn't going to budge.

At the far end of the lake, I found 5 Goosander.
A lone female, and 4 males that seemed to be showing off in front of her. She didn't seem very impressed, and in the end they all flew off towards the middle of the lake.

Little Grebe in their regular spot, and a Robin came down to see what I was doing, while I watched them.
I couldn't resist leaving him a handful of seed, but he waited patiently before I moved far enough away to take it.

Past the houses, and back at the car park, an inquisitive Blue Tit sat just a few feet away, while I looked through the bushes with the binoculars.

I fed him too.

Must get some more seed tomorrow.

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)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  35


  1. A grey day but brightened by the Kingfishers. Peeing down here.

  2. Another enjoyable video, Keith and I had to laugh about 'kayak Kevin' :-) Lovely to see my all time favourite wildflower, the Primrose, you are ahead of us, I have only seen leaves here so far.

    Coots must be just about the stroppiest birds there are, very entertaining though :-) The Goosanders were fascinating to watch too.

    I also enjoyed the previous video, what more could I ask for, a Song Thrush, Heron and Robin all in the same post with a little Wren thrown in too.

  3. Super video Keith, fingers crossed for breeding Kingfishers!!...[;o)

  4. Thank you Adrian. No sign of rain here; not until the weekend, if the met are to be believed.
    I love seeing the Kingfishers. Got at least 5 round here now.

    Thanks Jan. Today was the first time I'd noticed the Primroses; must have been the sun we had last few days, that pushed them on.
    Coots seem to spend very little time doing anything other than fight. lol

    Let's hope so Trevor. It looks like a perfect spot too.

  5. The video shows so many are it, the Coots, Kingfishers and the Goosanders is to win the fight over a sweet damsel. Nothing is worth fighting for!

  6. Hi Keith...Wonderful post, and video today...
    The Kingfisher are so showy.. the one that fly down and back to his branch.. the color is gorgeous!!
    The Primroses are just to die wonderful to see as we now have more snow them we have had all winter and expect more this week!! : {
    Those Coots need boxing ring ..I love the foot that came up ..I think he gave the other a good push lol!!
    The female Gossander seems to be in charge amongst those males real pushy broad isn't she!; }
    You sure are popular there at the lake have some real cute friends too!! : }

  7. Hello Keith,
    Spring has laid the yellow primroses on the lawn.
    All excited friends webbed.
    They too feel the scent of nature waking up.
    a surprise every day in this beautiful place.
    Thanks for the wonderful video.
    The friends of the lake have driven the cloudy day with choreographies in water and sky.
    Sunny days ..

  8. Beautiful primroses Keith. Where those two KF were looks like a suitable nesting site in the bank there.

  9. WE had a full day of rain today....I hope you get your breeding will be fun to see them on your daily walks...Have a great week!

  10. Thanks Bob. You are so right. Wise words indeed.

    Thank you Grace. Yea, it was lovely to see the Primroses out; a great lift for the spirits. Hope your predicted snow doesn't last.
    Those Coots always seem to be fighting lol

    Niki, thank you. Spring is really making itself felt here now. A lovely time of the year. There always seems something new to see here.
    Enjoy your day. :-)

    Roy, I'm hoping you're right. I've often wondered where they nest round here; maybe it was along the river, but that spot seems perfect. I'm certain at least another pair nest on the lake somewhere, if not more.

    Thank you Sondra. It does look a perfect spot for the Kingfishers.
    I'll have to get a bigger lens lol

  11. Great to see what could be a pair of Kingfishers. The way the Coots use their feet when fighting I keep waiting for one to fall over backwards.

  12. Thanks John. I'm hoping it is a pair. Be great to watch their progress.