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Thursday, 29 November 2012

Winter ducks and a Goosander

Sadly no picture of the Goosander though.

A very cold morning, frosty and icy; but sunny.

The Crows enjoyed a good feast at the car park, and then I made my way round the south lake. Still the only part that is navigable all the way round.

A lot of Tufted Duck now, lots of Pochard, a group of Gadwall, and three Shoveler, all close to the area near the car park.

In the first bay, by the houses, a pair of Little Grebe were speeding through the water, and occasionally diving.

Past the rowing club, and a few Great Black-backed Gulls out on the water. In the trees behind, a small group of Redwing, and overhead, a couple of groups of Fieldfare.

At the far end, the bird hide is still under water, and a group of Long Tailed Tits were foraging noisily through the trees.

As I made my way down the west side of the lake, back towards the car park, a big group of mixed gulls began flying in; like an early roost, and joined the Great Black-backed Gulls out on the water.
There was also a single male Goosander flying towards the north lake.

Once back at the car park, I had a quick look at the mixed ducks, and then decided to try and drive round to part of the north lake.
Parking near the area where last years Great Northern Diver had turned up, there wasn't very much I could walk to.
The wooden bridge/boardwalk is under water, as is most of the path, and the area towards the dam is under water too.

I did manage to see a few Wigeon, Goldfinch and a Sparrowhawk, so not a complete waste of time.

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)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
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)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
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)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jackdaw [sp] (Corvus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  42


  1. Not a bad result at all. Have you managed to fill your feeders up or is it still too flooded. From Findlay

  2. Thanks Findlay. No, the area where the feeders are is still under water. Because it is in a dip, the water would be up to my chest!

  3. Nice lot of waterlife in Caldecotte lake. Shame about the Goosander Keith.

  4. Well its really been quite a flood at the Lake! WOndering how long the levels will be so high?
    Good birds though!! IT will be good to see the Goosander again!

  5. Still looking a bit damp.
    I always believed gulls came inland when it was stormy at sea but yours are a few days late.
    Herring Gulls seem to be far less in number than they used to be.

  6. Hi Keith...Looks like you have had a bit more rain them you need : }!
    Love watching the grebe paddling right along ..he sure can move!!
    I did notice you had nice blue skies, that is nice : }

  7. Thanks Bob. Yea, saw him fly by again this morning. The trouble is I can't get right round the lake at the moment to get pictures.

    Thanks Sondra. I'm hoping the levels will start to fall soon. Saw the Goosander again this morning.

    I think the rubbish attracts the gulls Adrian. Plenty of it in MK.
    Plenty of Herring Gulls in Wales when I was there.

    That grebe certainly sped through the water Grace. Good to see some sun for a change.

  8. Magpies - 5 for a secret never to be told ;)
    The Little Grebe is a real ton up boy, or girl.
    They used to say, hereabouts, that gulls coming inland was a sign of bad weather out at sea but these days they spend a lot of time inland anyway.
    It's going to take a while for all the water to filter down from the hills.

  9. Thanks John. I've had more than 14 Magpies around the car park when I've left some food. They've had a good year here.
    We get quite a big gull roost on the lake at this time of year. Good to see them all; but very noisy.