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Thursday, 18 December 2014

4 Goosander

A dull, windy walk round the lake today, and very mild too.

No chance of a decent sunrise this morning, far too cloudy. It was difficult to pick out much from the gull roost either. Could do with a searchlight on mornings like this.

A few Redwings left their roost, 'tseeping' as they flew overhead.

No sign of the Mallards under the road bridge, so I soon made my way to the footbridge favoured by the Heron. He was sharing this morning, with a Little Egret.
It must be a good spot for fish, because a group of Cormorants frequently fish there, which in turn stirs up the fish near the footbridge, which then makes easy pickings for the waiting Heron. Clever these birds.

Not much up by the wall of the dam, save for a few gulls, so I quickly made my way towards the arm that goes at the back of the pub.
Usually a few birds here, and yesterday there were 3 Goosanders reported.
(Sunday there were seven flying around, but with the disruption from the weekend boats, they didn't land.)
Not been so many, so far this year. I think it's because it has been so mild, maybe they're staying on the rivers; anyway, what do I know.

As I climbed the steps, and reached the top, I could see four. Three males and a female.

A lot of Canada Geese there too, and above the noise of the wind, I could hear them getting ready for take-off.

It wasn't long before the Goosanders had the same idea too.

Past the pub, and the Mallards decided to seek me out. I fed them, and made my way towards the road bridge, and the south lake. Followed by three Crows, so they had a few handfuls of seed too.
At this rate, I'm going to have to bring a sack of bird food with me.

South lake was pretty quiet; but the hedge trimmers have been out in force, laying waste to anything that doesn't move. Brambles and shrubs, sadly no more.

A few Wigeon in the bays in front of the houses, and that was about it.

Dry, but very windy.

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)
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 Kestrel [sp] (Falco tinnunculus)
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)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)

Total species  27


  1. A tad blustery this morning Keith?
    Good to see that the Goosander have put in an appearance at last.
    I guess that the mad axe men have scared everything off from the S. Lake?
    That's a cracker of an image of the Canada Geese in flight....[;o)

  2. Good days and bad Keith but the more days you go out the the more good days you will have to show us. The flight shots I really like. These aren't as good as last times but are impressive. Good days and bad. It is always good to see the lake. I'm inspired to work out speed and aperture to get birds in flight with sharp heads and a bit of blur on their wings. I'll have to learn to pan fast.

  3. Hard pruning again Keith, they can never leave anything alone can they.
    The Canada Geese shots are just brilliant with the slower shutter speed.

  4. That wind played havoc with the microphone Trev.
    I see the local bird group announced 3 Goosander earlier. These so called bird watchers really need to get up earlier, and see what's really there.

    Cheers Adrian. I found it always worth visiting here when I can.
    Slow shutter speed, panning, and a lot of luck.

    Sad to see such destruction Roy, especially when the birds need the cover and food at this time of year. Maybe they're striving for a sterile lake.

  5. Awesome action shots in today's post...the tight formation of the geese, amazing how the camera focused on the bird at the back of the flock...Hope the weather improves for your weekend!

  6. HI keith loved the video and like the other boys said, the Canaca geese shot is really cracking. Hope you got the card I made for you via email?

  7. Thanks Sondra. Today is sunny, but still a bit cool. Hope your weekend is going well.

    Thank you Margaret.
    Thanks for the e-card. Hope you enjoy your Christmas.