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Thursday, 21 February 2013

Fighting Geese

Finally got to fill the feeders at last.

Good to see the water level almost back to normal, so after doing the feeders, I could get round both parts of the lake. A cold morning though, and quite dull and cloudy.

No sign of Doris under the road bridge, but plenty of other birds in the bushes.

Up towards the footbridge, and the Heron was standing on the bank, looking into the water. Now I've often jokingly thought he'd dive in after a fish; and he did just that.
Unbelievable. He jumped off the bank, speared a fish, and jumped back on the side.
He toyed with it a while, and then flew to the reeds on the other side, being pursued by a gull.

 Not the best of pictures, terrible light. That's my excuse.

A female Goosander was swimming around in one of the cuts, from the main lake.

It certainly made a change to be able to get round the north lake, and as I passed the Kingfisher island, I could hear a right commotion going on. Two Canada Geese were locked in combat.

Two other geese were nearby, keeping well out of it. I can only guess it was some sort of territory dispute? Nesting sites would be becoming a priority about now, and it was quite a vicious fight. very much like the disputes Mute Swans have; lots of wing flapping, neck grabbing, and thrusting the opponents head under water in an attempt to drown them.

It seemed to go on for ages, and eventually the aggressor felt he had made his point, and went to noisily join his partner, leaving the other one to noisily join his.
A couple more chases across the water, and then they seemed to settle down a bit. 

 Point made.

At the top end, a group of Wigeon flew in to join the small group already there.

Up by the gully, it was still covered in water, and the path was passable with care.

A Pied Wagtail around by the pub, but still no sign of Doris.

I made my way under the road bridge, towards the south lake. Over on the far side, a group of Pochard, and just further along I counted three of the Scaup.

Heading towards the far end, I found a female Goldeneye. She soon flew over to the far side though.

A small group of Siskin were up in the Alders near the offices, and then I went to look for the Robin.

I found him, and he half heartily took some food from my outstretched hand, so I put the rest on the ground for him.

Down past the rowing club, and I could walk alongside the lake on the path, for a change. At the first bay, in front of the houses, another female Goosander amongst the Tufted Duck and Black-headed Gulls.

A quick look at the feeders, and then home.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Greater Scaup [sp] (Aythya marila)
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)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
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)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
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)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  33


  1. It's good that you managed a complete circuit this morning Keith, let's hope that the water level stays constant for a while now (no more rain!!) and allows the birds to get on with their nesting.

    The heron couldn't afford to miss that fish, it looked like a good meal!!

    Those C. Geese must have been taking notes from the Coots on how to settle a dispute!

    No Doris!...I reckon she's moved on to somewhere new, she probably got frightened when she couldn't touch the bottom with her feet!!
    Good old Robin has stayed faithful though!...[;o)

  2. I dont think that Canadas actually kill each other like the Mutes though.
    They employ the Marquess of Queensbury rules Keith.{:))

  3. Excellent score today. The Robin is very nearly tame now.
    Good to see spring is on it's way.

  4. It was great to get right round again Trevor. It's been so long I was in danger of getting lost. Glad I could get the feeders filled too.

    They certainly were going for it Roy. I've never seen them fight like that before. Glad it ended peacefully though.

    Thanks Adrian. That Robin comes to meet me now as I walk down to the hide.

  5. The Heron is happy, he's flying away with a fish in his mouth, lovely grub.

  6. That should last him for the day Bob.

  7. The Heron was obviously showing off its skills for you Keith :-) Great to see just how tame Robin is now but I was hoping Doris would have appeared by now! The C G fight was vicious, thank goodness it wasn't even worse!! Glad you were able to get at the feeders at last :-)

  8. That Heron certainly was skillful Jan, jumping on the fish the way he did.
    I think Doris has gone into hiding for a while.