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Saturday, 23 February 2013

Lesser Redpoll, Scaup, Goosander and more

A cold morning, with flurries of snow.

I quickly topped up the feeders, and then headed to the road bridge. I soon found Doris and co., and as they began eating the seed, I scanned the distant gull roost on the south lake.
It was light now, and still quite a few gulls there. The snow was getting more persistent, so a quick decision to make. The north lake, then do the south if the snow doesn't get any worse, or do the south lake, and hopefully check out the gull roost.
Being boat day, I decided on the north first, thinking that any soon to be disturbed birds might fly to the north lake for refuge. Besides, gulls aren't my strong point, even in direct sunlight.

Great Tits, Long Tailed Tits, and Reed Buntings were all in the bushes; and when not feeding, they were singing. No sign of the Heron preparing to dive on the fish this morning at the footbridge, but a couple were flying around the rest of the lake.

Down by the wall of the dam, a couple of female Goosander were briefly fishing, until flying further up the top end. From the river, a third quickly joined them, and as I got by the gully, across the lake were four more, including a male.

The snow had eased a bit by now, and still wasn't settling very much, so I made my way towards the south lake. Passing under the road bridge, I could see four Scaup in the distance; two male, and two female.

It was short lived though, as the boats began to set off for their weekend jaunt, the waterfowl all took to the air. Scaup, Tufted, Wigeon and Pochard, all swirling round in the sky, looking for somewhere to settle.

Reaching the far end, after seeing a couple of Reed Buntings, Stock Dove, and lots of Black-headed Gulls flying overhead, I scanned through the ducks that had gathered close to the hide.
Mostly Tufted Duck.

I walked on to the next hide, and the Robin.

He took a couple of bits of seed from my hand, and then decided he'd have the rest on the ground.

A few Redwing in the trees, and some Blackbirds flicking through the leaf litter, and then I made my way past the rowing club.

Not very much else about, apart from a couple of boats, and as I passed the houses, heading towards the car park, I heard a familiar sound.

A bird I've never seen round the lake before.

A Lesser Redpoll.

 Three were feeding in one of the trees, and seemed totally unbothered by my presence. 

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)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Stock Pigeon [sp] (Columba oenas)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
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)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
Lesser Redpoll (Carduelis cabaret)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  39


  1. Lots of birds putting on a good show around the lake this morning Keith, with a spot of singing and dancing thrown in for good measure!...from the birds I mean, not from you!!

    Super images of Robin and the Redpoll...[;o)

  2. Cheers Trevor. Great to see the Redpolls here. First time for me. :-)

  3. You took some lovely Redpoll shots Keith.
    I have hardly seen any this year so far, I managed three one day at a great distance.

  4. Cheers Roy. I had some great views of these. They didn't seem bothered that I was there at all.

  5. You caught the Lesser Redpoll, brilliant.

  6. So mow i know where the Red Poll have gone. A great find.
    Altogether a wonderful morning but the tracking shot of the Goosander is perfect.

  7. Thanks Adrian. No sign of them today though.

  8. Lots of interest to reward your efforts on a very cold day Keith. Good to see Doris has resurfaced and it's always nice to see Robin. Well done with the Redpolls, lovely photos of them.

  9. Thanks Jan. Yea, it was good to see Doris around again.
    The Redpolls were a big surprise; and a big bonus too.