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Friday, 24 August 2012

Willy Wigeon

First visit for a couple of day; myself and Trevor have been chasing butterflies, birds and dragons.

Three Little Egrets at their roost when I arrived this morning, and the gull roost is getting steadily bigger.
Down at the feeders, the Mallard family arrived for breakfast, and around the car park and footbridge, it was very busy, with lots of juveniles flying about, and flitting through the bushes.

On round the north lake, and all the regulars; but no sign of Gordon Gadwall this morning. Perhaps he's moved on.
A new arrival in the last couple of days though, is Willy Wigeon.

A lone male, swimming at the top end of the lake.

After completing the north lake, I quickly shot off to the supermarket, before it got too busy. Essential supplies needed ................. petrol, pizza, and whisky.

When I arrived back at the south lake, the sun was beginning to shine through the cloud.

No sign of Peter Pochard again; perhaps he's gone off too, but the Mute Swan family of one were there, and a Tommy Tufted was having a wash and brush up.

Maybe that should be Teresa. It was a female.

As I got back near the car park, a single Little Egret was sat in the trees, over on Cormorant island.

An enjoyable morning.

If the sun is shining where you are, don't forget to put some water out for the birds. They always need a drink or bath.

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)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
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 Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)

Total species  28


  1. Another day when you were up before the sun Keith? You definitally need headlights on that camera!

    I'm guessing, it won't be too long now before, Willy will soon be joined by all his mates? And I'm sure Teresa won't mind a bit about being called Tommy!!...[;o)

  2. Good to see you back. I will catch the video later as the kids are hogging band width again.

  3. Yea, the sun is rising later and later Trevor. I think now the Wigeon has arrived, we can kiss summer goodbye.

    I'll be glad when these kids get back to school Adrian.

  4. Nice to see Willy Wigeon but a definite sign that the Summer which never really arrived is never going to now :-(

    Not sure what your heart doc would say about two of your 'essential' supplies but I know only too well how boring it can be. The smelly French cheeses call my name a little too often and of course you can't have it without a glass of red ;-)

  5. You didn't say Edward Egret and Commander Cormorant down on Caldecotte Lake, lol.

  6. Either you are getting up earlier or the days are noticably pulling in now.
    Nice to see the Wigeon.

  7. Blimey Keith Wigeon already, this means time is marching on.

  8. Jan, I think summer passed us all by, this year.
    Some days I have whiskey; some days red wine. It's good to have a varied diet.

    Wouldn't it be good if we could give them all names Bob lol

    The days definitely seem shorter John.

    It'll be Christmas before we know it Roy. :-(

  9. NO Not the C-word Christmas ugh...
    I'll have a whiskey straight up plz lol and while you're at it pour one for Louie the Little Egret! Fun post Keith..summer over already...We had some hot weather but not as much sun to go with it..

  10. Sadly that time of year will soon be upon us Sondra. A couple of whiskeys I think lol