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Friday, 25 January 2013

Frozen Lake

A quick walk round this morning.

Very cold, and overnight must have been a few degrees below. Most of the north lake is frozen, and a large area of the south lake is frozen.

Naturally there was very little on the north lake. The Heron was in his usual spot under the footbridge, where it hadn't frozen, but apart from a few Canada Geese walking on the ice, not much else.
Round towards the pub, a small area remained clear, and a lone Goosander was swimming here.

South lake, and a big area of this was frozen too.

The Scaup were still here, swimming in an area that was clear, but there didn't seem as many as before.

Probably half a dozen Goosander, so there numbers were down on yesterday too.

The Robin is still at the hide, and plenty of Redwing flicking through the leaf litter under the trees.

The rest of the birds on the lake was made up of Coot, Wigeon, Gadwall, Pochard, and a lot of Great Crested Grebes. Most of these had come from the frozen north lake.

Maybe more tomorrow; apparently a thaw is on the cards.

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)
Greater Scaup [sp] (Aythya marila)
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)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
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 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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  39


  1. Ice skating weather today Keith!

    Nice to see the Goosander and Scaup are still around, I guess they'll soon be on the move when next week's thaw arrives?...[;o)

  2. Looking good Keith.
    Lets hope it warms up a bit.

  3. Very glad to see the Heron hadn't frozen Keith ;-) It did look pretty unforgiving round the lake today, I admire you for braving it. You are certainly doing well for Goosander and Scaup there. The Redwing in my garden is much more interested in foraging among leaf litter (as you mentioned) and shows no interest in the apples I put out at all.

    Lovely to see Robin was putting more and more trust in you on yesterday's post :-)

  4. Pretty lethal on the paths today Trevor. Might get some Waxwings soon.

    Hope it does Adrian. They reckon rain here weekend.

    Yea, pretty cold here today Jan. Goosander seem to flock here during the winter. Great to see them.
    The Robin is great. Gradually getting more confident each day.

  5. Dang again its frozen, the birds have had a hard winter so far!

  6. They sure have Sondra.
    This morning though, a lot of the snow has gone in the garden, so I suspect the lake will have thawed too.