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Thursday, 9 February 2012

Plenty of Goosander, some Siskin, and Shoveler

A cold morning; and something I've noticed about the feeders, which I found interesting.

The Nyger seed doesn't seem to be going down as much as it used to.
And the mixed seed is going down more than usual.
Today, I didn't see any Goldfinches.
I think there must be a connection there somewhere.

Plenty of Fieldfare and Redwing though, all around the lake. This certainly backs up reports from nearby counties, of big numbers of these birds. The cold spell certainly is playing a big factor, in just how the birds are moving around the country.

Blimey, I almost sound like an intelligent grown up birder there!

Back to normal now.
The north lake had my usual Mallards, fighting for some food; and this morning, luckily enough, I put an extra bag of seed in my pocket to cater for the demand.

The top end is still frozen, but a lovely sight to see so many geese taking off, and heading for some grazing land.

Under the road bridge, more Mallards to feed, and Mrs Mallard managed to single me out, as I stopped to admire three Shoveler, that were......shovelling.

The Crows were not to be outdone; they were waiting for their apple.

Across the other side of the lake, I counted at least nine Goosander; and on the ice, a big group of mixed gulls.

The bottom end of the lake, still frozen, but amongst the reeds, a lone Water Rail.
At least this cold weather seems to make them more visible, as they come out in search of food.

A small group of Siskin were in the trees, by the offices; their usual haunt, and some Redwing up in the tall trees.

Past the rowing club, and I could see the Goosander much clearer. I counted twelve; two down on yesterday. Further round, by the houses, another male Shoveler, amongst the Tufted Duck and Mallards.

Back by the car park, I found the Chaffinch with the white face, a few Reed Buntings, and on the feeders, two beautiful Siskin.

Another excellent day.

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)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Water Rail [sp] (Rallus aquaticus)
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)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
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)
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)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  41


  1. Another interesting video, Keith, you are certainly well rewarded for those freezing, early morning visits, I do admire your stoicism. I sometimes wish I was a grown up (in general that is, not just a grown up birder) :-) I might look and sometimes sound it but inside I know I'm not and probably never will be!

    I find the Goldfinches eat Niger seed in my garden but only if there is no room on the Sunflower heart feeder.

    Referring to the warning about ice. I saw the most horrendous post on a birding blog last night by someone who had witnessed a poor Fox struggling and subsequently drowning after ice broke beneath it. It upset me terribly...

  2. Thanks Jan. The Goldfinch numbers do seem to be down a bit, over the last few days. There's usually a lot round the feeders. There have been a few big groups around the lake though, so maybe they are spreading out a little at the moment.
    Sad to hear about the fox. They are usually pretty smart about crossing ice. Maybe a young one?

  3. A cold and Grey day today Keith, but you still managed to get some excellent video footage.

    I walked around the South lake just before lunchtime and counted 12 Goosander but they were constantly being spooked from one side to the other and then back again by all those b....y joggers (what's all that about on a Thursday morning?). I also saw a G S Woodpecker and two Siskin on the feeders and a small group of Goldfinch in the trees at the car park...[;o)

  4. I couldn't believe it when I saw all those joggers this morning Trevor.
    Don't they have jobs to go to? lol
    Glad you saw some Goldies. It seemed strange not seeing any this morning.

  5. Lovely to see Keith...
    It's odd weather up here at the moment -4c in the morning but the windscreens are clear of frost.. rain falling and freezing as it hits the road.. never seen anything like it before.

  6. Good to see your buddies the F-mallards and the crows and the ice warning is For those who live in denial.

  7. Cheers Andrew. A lovely day here so far. A bit cloudy, blue skies..........and I'm stuck in waiting for a parcel. lol

    Thanks Sondra. Yea, there's a lot of people living in denial round here lol