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

Thursday, 2 February 2012

7 Goosander and a lot of ice.

And it was cold, despite the clear blue sky and sunshine.

Some of the feeders had gone down quite a bit, and even the home made nyger seed feeder, looked to have had some use. I was a bit later than normal, and whilst topping up the feeders, a few of the birds were becoming a bit impatient, flying quite close, and scolding me, to hurry up.

A look at Cormorant island first, to see if I could see any Goosander.
No Goosander, but what I did see was plenty of ice. The cold temperatures of the last couple of days, had frozen some of the water, and a group of gulls were stood waiting for the sun to shine a bit more, and melt the ice.

By now, the feeders were quite busy, and a Great Spotted Woodpecker was enjoying the fat balls.

A group of Bullfinches were highlighted by the sun in the tree tops,  as I made my way to the north lake.

A few Mallard and Coots on what water there was, and further along, as I made my way to the next footbridge, more had frozen.
The small areas that run off from the main lake had frozen over, forcing most of the birds into the middle of the lake.

A few Black-headed Gulls were just standing on the ice; probably deciding their plans for the rest of the day.

Up to the top end of the lake, and in the distance, a male Goosander.

I quickly found a second, and then a third, amongst the Pochard, Wigeon and Gadwall.

The arm of water that curves round, towards the back of the pub, had completely frozen over, which meant all the birds were in a small area together. Made it easier to see them though.

The south lake hadn't escaped the cold either.
As I walked towards the far end, the edge of the lake had frozen, and all the way towards the island, with just the middle clear of ice.

A Jay flew past, with what looked like an acorn in his beak.

At the bottom end of the lake, and in front of the island, it had all frozen, except for an area in front of the reeds. It was in this area, I counted 7 Little Grebe.

Round towards the offices, hoping to see some Siskin; but no luck.
I did see four more Goosander though, and out on the ice, a couple of Common Gull and a Herring Gull.

As I stood talking to another bird watcher and photographer, we spotted a pair of Goldeneye. They soon flew up from the water, but then they were lost from sight.

Past the rowing club, and finally back towards the feeders for one last look, before heading home.

Quite a few birds enjoying the food, and a Great Spotted Woodpecker enjoying the fat balls. Maybe the same one from earlier?
And on the Lemonade bottle feeder...........a Goldfinch.

A fine endorsement for my handiwork.

Full list of today's sightings

 Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
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)
Common Goldeneye [sp] (Bucephala clangula)
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)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
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)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
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. They are beautiful photos, but, my favourite is the Gadwall, superb.

  2. Thanks Bob. The sunshine helped :-)

  3. The birds telling you to hurry up made me smile... and they will know they are safe in your company..
    Take care ..

  4. Hi Keith...Those Bullfinches are some colorful bird sure can tell what it is without guessing!
    The Jay looks like a missile that was shot of carrying a bomb ..look ou below...
    I had a hard time viewing the video today kept stopping and reloading, but I did get to see your handiwork...I have done the same myself ..the birds don't really care just as long as the food is there!! Your getting pretty crafty first thing you know you will be knitting ; }


  5. Some of those feeders are up pretty high how'd u get em up I noticed my feeders are almost empty...but I get home after dark so...they'll have to wait to the weekend. Looks like winter has come back to visit you with the ice. Love that shot of the Goosander!

  6. That bullfinch is so bright! It took me a moment to get oriented for the jay shot. At first I thought it was floating on its side in the lake, but that didn't make any sense! While you are getting all the cold air, we had a record high temp today. I guess it all averages out.

  7. Thanks Andrew. Some of those birds are getting quite bold, especially one of the Robins. He was investigating my bag of various seeds. lol

    Thanks Grace. I think YouTube can get very busy at times, and it slows everything down.
    I was pleased with the home made feeder, especially as DIY is not my strong point. lol

    Some of those feeders are a bit of a stretch Sondra; one I have to stand on a box to reach it lol

    Thanks Wilma. Could you send some warm air over here? If this cold lasts too long, the whole lake will gradually freeze over :-(

  8. Sorry about it being so cold, but hey, it's still winter, no?
    Lovely collection again!
    Love that Blue Jay flyby and envy you for the Goosander and the Gadwall!

  9. Again lots to see on your walk around the lake, Keith. And a high demand for the feeders in this cold weather, glad the 'new' one works!

    Great Gadwall shot,and I bet the old reflexes were maxed out for that shot of the Jay? and those Bullfinches shine out like little neon lights!...[;o)

  10. You're right Nicole. I forget it's winter sometimes, especially when the sun shines. lol
    Got Goosander and Gadwall a plenty here; I'll send some over :-)

    Cheers Trevor. There's plenty of birds about here at the moment. A nice rarity would be nice lol
    The Jay was pure luck :-)