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Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Eleven Goosander, one Goldeneye

Cold, frosty and foggy.

Just before I start, I think some people would do well to remember that birds have these appendages called 'wings'. When they move them fast enough, they fly. That means they don't always stay in the same place, and hang around waiting for some people to come along and count them.

The north lake had Doris and the gang waiting under the road bridge, so after feeding them, I made my way up towards the footbridge. The water underneath has frozen, including the water the other side from the lake. I think if the cold continues to the weekend, a lot more of the lake will be frozen.

In the area by the island, a Goosander was swimming around, and also a Goldeneye.

A poor record shot. Distant and through the mist.

Moving further round, I came across a group of 5 male Goosander, that soon flew over towards the pub. Joined by some more, that made a total of 8 so far.

Up by the gully, a small group of Fieldfare were feeding on some berries, until they took flight to the safety of a tree,

(distant, but shows how frosty it was)

and most of the water here has frozen over. A small area at the edge remains unfrozen, so at least the Kingfisher has somewhere to fish still.

Past the pub, and the Goosander had moved on. Someone else moving was Doris.
She flew in with her buddies, and despite me feeding them a couple of times, she continued to follow me all the way to the road bridge.

South lake, and the Crows were waiting.
At this rate I'm going to need a buggy full of food for all these followers.

At the far end of the south lake, a big area is beginning to freeze over. And sadly 3 casualties of the cold too; three Black-headed Gulls; and one yesterday.

Robin was waiting, and he seemed to have a friend with him for a while. I'm guessing maybe a mate, as there seemed to be a great deal of tolerance between them.

A look at the mixed gulls out on the water, and then down past the rowing club, and towards the houses.
Tufted Duck, Pochard, Gadwall, and a couple more Goosander flying past.
I made that a total of 11 for the morning.

A last look round the footbridge, had a cold looking Great Tit

and an equally looking cold Dunnock.

And then home.

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)
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)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
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 Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  40


  1. Odd to see so many Blackheaded gulls succumbing..I wonder what they have been eating.
    A marathon effort today. Thanks.
    Take Doris home she would appreciate a Bells before crawling into bed.

  2. PS. Bloody nuisance are birds wings. They always use them. Why I like penguins.
    Who's been rattling your cage? Name and shame them.

  3. Not a bad count of birds today Keith, it's surprising how many you can see if you walk around a bit! Nice to see the Goosanders turning up in good numbers.

    I've heard of a stalking horse but never a stalking duck! A getaway bike is what you need, a quick burst on the pedals and Doris would be left in a cloud of dust!!...[;o)

  4. Adrian, I was wondering the same about the gulls. It seems they are the only bodies I've found, so maybe they are just unlucky. Strange though.
    Hmmm, name and shame? I might. Let's just say it's a well known birder for now.

    Trevor, pretty good, considering the weather. I think it's just a matter of time before the Waxwings turn up now; and maybe a Bittern.

  5. The only dead birds I find are gulls. Mostly feather they are. The odd couple of times I've picked an injured one up and there is no substance to them.
    I'll disregard the ungrateful Blackback. Could have lost a hand....Naughty bird.

  6. Its a shame about the BH Gulls Keith. It is unusual to see more than one though.

  7. A couple of days ago Adrian, a Black-headed Gull was just wandering about near the car park, could get really close to it. It was dead next day in same spot. Seems really strange to me that it just seems them.

    Roy, it's got me puzzled. I've seen more this year than usual.

  8. Nice re: Goosanders and Goldeneye. Sad to hear about 3+1 dead Black-headed Gulls.

  9. Cheers Bob.
    Yea, those gull deaths are a mystery.