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Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me

Thursday, 17 January 2013

17 Goosanders, Goldeneye and Doris

I wasn't going to post today; but

Trevor met me over the lake this morning, and after doing the feeding duties, we made our way round the north lake.

All the usual birds about, but I didn't bother doing any video today. Suddenly Trevor picked out a Goldeneye in the distance. It looked to be the same one as yesterday.

We carried on round the lake, and soon spotted some Goosander.
The total number for both north and south today, was 17. Almost a personal record.

A couple of other birds that made an appearance, that don't usually, were 3 Teal.

The main reason for today's post though, is a short video Trevor took of myself and Doris.

Hope you enjoy it; and thanks for doing it Trevor.

And finally, to round off a great morning, there was a flock of around 20 Waxwings near the bottom of my road, and a pair of Blackcaps in the garden. The male enjoying an apple.

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)
Common Teal [sp] (Anas crecca)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Common Goldeneye [sp] (Bucephala clangula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)

Total species  42


  1. It's no good you'll have to take her home with you one day!!...[;o)

  2. That was fun Keith, great to get you on video at last too :-) When you get Robin fully trained you must get Trevor to video that also!

    I just enjoyed your last video but very sad to see the gull casualties, rather odd too!

  3. Brilliant Keith and many thanks to Trevor. Just like Santa you are.

  4. She's lovely isn't she Trevor.
    I'm smitten!

    Thanks Jan. I'm still trying with the Robin. He almost took some food again today, but still a little wary.
    The gull casualties are a certainly a mystery. Why just them, I don't know.

    Cheers Adrian. Trevor and myself had a great time today; and Doris was a real star.

  5. I gather Doris is the duck that flew over to you to get more food. Great little video of you Keith. Doris has you wrapped around her little foot. Nice to see that the birds are happy to have you around.

  6. Thanks Horst. Yea, she is quite a character. Follows me round a lot of the lake; even after I have fed her, she still follows me. lol

  7. SHE is precious, I love the trust she gives you, its pure and honest when a wild creature abandons fear...SUCH a wonderful bond! A great video Keith.

  8. Thanks Sondra. She is a wonderful duck. :-)