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Thursday, 13 December 2012

Goosander and Goldeneye

Another cold morning, and quite a bit of the lake has frozen over now.

Feeding done, I made my way round the north lake. Much of the north lake is frozen, so very few water birds around. A couple of Grey Herons, a few Mute Swans and the gang of Mallards; and that was about it. There was a lone Kingfisher flying low over the ice; probably looking for somewhere to fish.

I soon made my way to the south lake. The side nearest the houses and the rowing club, has frozen over, but the opposite side, mostly, has so far escaped the freeze.

A large collection of all the waterfowl were congregated down one side.
Gadwall, Wigeon, Tufted Duck and Coots. Scanning through the mass of birds I found a couple of female Goldeneye.

Nice to see these here, and further out were Goosander. At first I counted four, but as I made my way down to the far end, I counted a total of six. Four males, and two females.

Standing around on the ice at the far end was a collection of gulls.

Mostly Black-headed Gulls, but looking through them all with the binoculars, I could pick out Herring, Great Black-backed, Lesser Black-backed, and Common Gulls.
Gulls are not my strong point, so there may have been others amongst them.

A quick look in the field, through the railway arch, and the place was full of Rooks, Crows and Jackdaws. A Buzzard bravely flew over too, and surprisingly wasn't mobbed like they usually are.

Back round the lake, and up in the usual trees were Siskin and Goldfinches busily feeding. As I made my way to one of the hides, just feet away in the bushes was a Goldcrest. I managed a short video clip, before he went.

After feeding the Robin, I caught a quick glimpse of a pair of Bullfinches. Sadly no pictures, but a female Blackbird did pose for a while.

Along the path at the side of the rowing club, the sound of Redwings was coming from the trees.

Finally, back at the car park, and time for a hot coffee.

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)
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 Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
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)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
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)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
Goldcrest [sp] (Regulus regulus)
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)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)

Total species  44


  1. Looks much the same as here. I've no band width for video So will try later.

  2. Thanks Adrian. Yea, pretty cold at the moment; but better than rain.

  3. I love the Goldeneye, why do they call it Goldeneye and not Silvereye!!!!

  4. Not as pretty as yesterday morning Keith, but still a good number of birds. That little Goldcrest and those Siskin must have been in hiding yesterday!!...[;o)

  5. Thanks Bob. No idea how these birds got their name. Lovely birds though.

    Cheers Trevor. It felt just as cold this morning lol
    I almost walked past that Goldcrest.

  6. Hi Keith...Now you thought my beach walk was cold ; ) looks like it is pretty darn cold there!! Thanks for your comment on my post!!
    The crunchy sound of your footsteps sounds tells me it is pretty frosty and cold!!
    So cute that you and the little Robin have become friends...and of course those crazy crows!!
    Ice on the lake looks like it will keep the boats away, but the poor birds:(....The Goldcrest sure flits about quickly such a tiny little guy!!
    Take care and keep warm

  7. It all looked rather bleak Keith but definitely better than rain, the heavy rain is beating on the windows as I type :-( Nice to see the little Goldfinch flitting about...which is how I see them most. The last time I saw one perched perfectly and quite close I was about to press the button and a dog walker appeared, so annoying when they say what are you photographing, I'm always tempted to say 'nothing now you're here' ;-)

  8. Thank you Grace., Yea, very cold! lol
    A lot different today though; rain.

    Pouring here too Jan. So changeable this weather. Probably snow on Saturday. lol

  9. Sorry Keith, I meant Goldcrest....I'm definitely losing it!!

  10. Don't worry Jan, I lost it ages ago lol