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Thursday, 14 February 2013

7 Scaup and 1 Goosander

First day round the lake after getting back from a snowy Wales yesterday.

And yet again, the lake is flooded. I've never known it to be flooded so much, and so often. Just the south lake this morning, and a quick visit.

I found the Scaup straight away, swimming with a group of Pochards.

Four males, and three females.

At the far end, the water is over the seats at the hide, but I managed to see some Little Grebe swimming around with a group of Tufted Duck.

A quick hello to the Robin, who took some seed from my outstretched hand, and the on past the rowing club.
A group of Herring Gulls out in the middle of the lake, and as I passed the houses, a lone male Goosander amongst the Tufted Duck and Coots.

A poor set of pictures today, and a rushed post. Lots to do, and catch up on.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
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)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)

Total species  28


  1. Good to see you back in one piece. Vile weather.

  2. Welcome back Keith, I hope you remembered to bring your wellies/waders back with you?

    Those Scaup seem to be doing some sort of quick change routine there's different ones there every day!!

    Good luck with the catchup!...[;o)

  3. Welcome home Keith :-) It's always good to have you back safely. You were in such a rush today you lost your voice though!! Good to see there is still plenty going on at the lake and to read that Robin remembered you. I'm sure he/she is as pleased to have you back as we are :-)

  4. Hi Keith...Glad to have you back, just got back on blogger myself yesterday had a bit of a time proving I was not a robot after trying to change my password Yikes I won't do that again!! : )
    So what's with Doris, and company..not there to greet
    you?? ; )
    The water seem to be high a lot there, but ducks don't mind lol!!
    Sweet little Robin was probably glad to see you!! : )

    Big Hugs

  5. Thanks Adrian. Had rain this morning, but cleared later. Came back yesterday in a blizzard. The weather is going crazy.

    Thanks Trevor. Yea, still flooded there. Catching up will take a while; trying to sort out my pictures lol

    Thank you Jan. Yea, today I wasn't going to bother with a post, so much to be doing. Saw all these Scaup though, and couldn't resist.

    Thanks Grace. Unfortunately the area where Doris is usually found, is completely flooded again, and I couldn't get round there. I did see the Robin though, and he took some seed from my hand.
    Trevor has been looking after them while I was away.

  6. Welcome back! I cant believe its still flooded! I know you were happy to see your Robin!

  7. Thanks Sondra. Yea, the lake got flooded a couple of days before I got back. Annoying.