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Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Common Pochard

Dull, and spitting with rain for a change today.

A rushed post this morning; lots to do.

Down by the bird feeders, a female Mallard was showing off her new brood; amongst them a lovely marked duckling.
On the way to the road bridge, the five cygnets and mum, from Cormorant island, were busily feeding.

Towards the dam. the Canada Geese were grazing, a bit further from the edge than normal, and the Common Tern was still sitting tight on the boat.

A Marbled White was clinging onto some grass, and blowing around in the wind.

Hoping for some sun I would imagine.

By the pub, the two Oystercatchers were feeding, a group of Greylag Geese were stretched across the footpath, and Swifts were flying overhead.

The Crows were waiting on the south lake, for my apple core, but very little else until I got to the far end.
There, with a group of Mallards, was a Pochard.

A little surprised to see one this time of the year; although after checking my lists for the lake, I found I'd seen one here on 12th July, two years ago.
Still, a reminder that winter isn't too far away I suppose.

The two new born cygnets were safely tucked under mums body, on the nest, whilst the proud dad stood guard.

More Swifts flying overhead as I passed the houses, and then finally back at the car park.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
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)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
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)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Common Whitethroat [sp] (Sylvia communis)
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)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  35


  1. Glad you didn't get too wet Keith. A wet morning again here :-(

    Lovely to see the ducklings and cygnets doing well. Interesting to see the Pochard. I read that waders are coming in more than a month early so maybe it's the same thing. Another lovely Marbled White photo.

    Very painful pun halfway through ;-)

  2. Hi Keith...Mom's love there little ones no matter what they look.. so cute the mallard ducklings!!
    Great joy this time of year to see the young, and those cygnets are so soft, and fluffy looking..melts your heart : }!
    Do you suppose there is a language for water fowl..maybe then a recording could be made with a flashing arrow that keeps saying, "use the ladder"!!!lol

  3. It's good to see an early arrival. The crows are great as usual.

  4. Thanks Jan. This weather is becoming tiresome :-(
    Couldn't resist the pun lol

    I think these geese are almost as daft as Pheasants Grace.

    Cheers Adrian. They're always great entertainment.

  5. Nice to see the pretty piebald duckling...What's happened to your pair of Mallard 'buddies', I've not seen them lately?

    And a Pochard, the first of the winter?...Oh well...sigh!...[;o)

  6. Yea, be interesting to see how that duckling develops Trevor.
    As for my Mallard pair; no idea where they've gone. No doubt when they get hungry they'll return.

  7. The Marbled White is my favourite.

  8. Thanks Bob. One of my favourite butterflies too.