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

Monday, 28 January 2013

Scaup still, and Goosander

A cold, clear morning, with a full moon.

Soon clouded over though, and I suspect more rain to come.

After feeding Doris and the gang, I made my way round the north lake.
A lone Goosander was up by the island, and by the time I'd reached the top end, another flew overhead.

The river has burst its banks again, and the weir is a raging torrent.
The lake has now flooded over to swamp the gully, so if we get any more rain, I can see the whole lot flooding again.

Up by the pub, a Green Woodpecker was probing the grass, and Doris and co. flew over for feeding again.

A quick exit to the south lake, while they were busy with the seed.

Nothing much out on the lake, that I could see; even the gulls seemed to have left in numbers today. A quick look in the muddy field, and then on to feed the Robin.

Again he quickly came down for some seed from my hand. He's getting more relaxed now. I put a few handfuls of seed on the ground for him, and then made my way down towards the rowing club.

Out in the middle of the lake, the Scaup were together in a group. Very far away though.

Further along, closer to the side, a female Goosander was swimming towards the houses.

By the time I'd almost reached the car park, the sun had disappeared behind some cloud, but over by Cormorant island, a male Goosander was swimming amongst the Pochard, and Tufted Duck.

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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
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)

Total species  37


  1. Have just arrived in your metropolis.....Must do some rowing whilst in the area.

  2. Really enjoyed the video. That Robin must know you quite well. From Findlay

  3. The water is up again here as well Keith and we had one of your Goosander visit on an "Away day" this morning.{:))
    I think it was colder this morning than at any time when the snow was around.

  4. Just a bit wet Adrian. We'll try a swim later.

    Thanks Findlay. I've gradually gained the Robins trust over a few days. Such delicate little things when they land on your hand.

    Glad you got a Goosander Roy. Some Scaup next?

  5. Bloody rain, I'm upset. Great video Keith.

  6. You're certainly doing well for Goosander and Scaup Keith.

    We have had rain and high winds the last two days, in some ways I preferred the snow!

  7. Bob, it's getting too much isn't it.
    Where's the sun?

    Thanks Jan. I'll be glad when spring arrives.
    Had some good birds at the lake recently.

  8. Keith I been meaning to ask is this flooding happened there before these recent floods?
    OH how cute the robin feeding from your hand..and Doris and the gang are looking FINE!

  9. My gang of followers at the lake are great Sondra. :-)
    The flooding at the lake is due to the water agency diverting some of the swollen river, when we get a lot of rain, into it. It's the main purpose of this lake, and a few others here. Sadly, the last few months we've had more rain than usual, and the lakes seem to have been constantly flooded. Good for some of the wildlife here, but a disaster for many more.