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Monday, 21 January 2013

Goosander and Fieldfare

but I didn't get the Snipe on video.

After the weekends snow, the main roads weren't too bad; just the side roads where I live, so I decided to walk over today.

Haven't been over the weekend, so I wasn't sure what to expect.

I loaded a bag with some food, and set off just after six. After arriving in darkness still, I was amazed to find the Mallards flying over when I reached the road bridge.
I fed them, and made my way to the feeders.

As I walked down to them, a Little Egret flew overhead. I'm guessing it may have roosted on Cormorant island.

What I found interesting, was that there were no Crows or Magpies waiting by the car park. I think they recognise the car first, and because I was walking, they didn't take any notice. Soon changed once it got light though, and they quickly came down as usual.

Off round the north lake, and the usual birds around. Under the road bridge, were three Goosanders; a good start.
On up towards the next footbridge, and the regular Tufted, Coot and Heron, but no sign of the Goldeneye today.

At the top end, plenty of Greylag and Canada Geese, and some more Goosander.
Standing watching them, a Snipe took to the air, circled round, and quickly settled again.

Past the pub, and everything seemed very quiet. The Mallards flew over again, and I set off round the south lake.

All the way down to the far end, there were large groups of Fieldfare and Redwing flying overhead.

At the far end I had a quick look at the Corvids in the field, and then on to the Robin at the bird hide.

He was waiting, so I quickly fed him, looked through the mixed gulls, and then set off towards the rowing club.

Up in the bushes were plenty of Redwing,

and even more Fieldfare.

Around by the houses was a large group of Fieldfare,

doing a good impression of Waxwings as they ate the rose hips on a large bush,

much to the disgust of a Mistle Thrush.

Finally, one last look at the feeders, and what appeared to be a young Rat, was sat on top of one of the peanut feeders. He didn't move as I got close, and he seemed to have a large area of fur missing from the back.

 He didn't look in the best of health.

Finally, it was time for the long walk back 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)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Common Snipe [sp] (Gallinago gallinago)
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)
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)
Mistle Thrush [sp] (Turdus viscivorus)
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)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  42


  1. A little longer walk than usual today then Keith? Should've got the skis out!!

    Great shots and video of the Fieldfares and Goosanders.

    That rat looked none too happy or maybe, being up that high, he was expecting another large snowfall!!...[;o)

  2. Much longer. I'm knackered now. lol
    A lot of Fieldfares around this morning Trevor. And that Rat looked very poorly; I doubt he'll last the night.

  3. It looks a bit bleak Keith. Great to see the Fieldfare.
    The rat does not look happy. I wonder if the parks people are poisoning them.

  4. A lot of Fieldfares around today Adrian.
    I doubt the Parks Trust are poisoning them; too many dogs around. It had a lot of fur missing, and I wondered if another animal had got it.

  5. The Fieldfare looked happy with the snow about. And the Rat, the one that came running out of the bush, on the video. I think it was, not the one up the tree.

  6. HI Keith...The Redwing shot is real nice , but he looks a little puffed up not to happy with the weather!!
    That Rat look pretty pitiful poor guy..not that I like Rats : )
    You know I think you are probably right about the car noise and the is amazing how smart birds are just look at your funny duck friends and you cute little
    Robin!! ; )
    Stay warm and dry!!
    Enjoyed your snowy is you with snow instead of me for a change! lol

  7. YOU got a great amount of snow..its really pretty. Your ducks were so happy to you!! Thats super sweet. That poor rat looks miserable..hope this improve for him..AND you have a great week.

  8. Thanks Bob. Yea, even the Rats have got to know that I feed the birds here lol

    Thank you Grace. Unusual for us here to get so much snow. You'd think it was the end of the world the way some folk in this country carry on! lol

    Thanks Sondra. Yea, the Rat looked as though he was in a bad way.
    Decided to keep at home today, and watch the birds here.
    Enjoy your week too.