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Friday, 25 December 2015

Black Swan, Goosander and Lesser Redpoll

After myself and Whisky had our usual early morning walk, I decided we'd take a wander over the lake.

Cloudy start to the morning, with a chill in the air.

Not many people about this morning, but we did meet a couple of early morning dog walkers, so Whisky had a good time running around.

There's been a Black Swan here for a few days, so I managed a couple of shots.

A shame the sun wasn't shining.

Shortly after seeing him/her, I spotted 3 Goosanders ............. 2 males and 1 female.

While I was doing a bit of video, a Kingfisher happened to fly into view too.

One of the strangest things I saw this morning was a Musk Mallow, in flower, on Christmas Day.

 These usually flower in June. The weather really has gone crazy.

Quite a few Canada Geese around this morning, plus the usual group of Mallards 'quacking' for some food. Good that Whisky doesn't go charging after them either.

Not very much else as I walked the south lake, until I reached the far end.

I decided to walk alongside the bushes by the railway line for a change; glad I did.

A small group of Lesser Redpoll were feeding on some seed heads of what I think was Rosebay Willowherb.

By the time I reached the rowing club, it was starting to rain, thankfully not too much.

A quick look round the hedges back at the car park, but nothing extra to see.
One thing though. This time of the year, the cold and frost, would have killed of the growth of nettles. Not at the moment though.
The grass was full of new shoots of nettles pushing through. Makes me wonder if it will smother the  Primroses and Cowslip in the spring.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)
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)
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)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
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)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
Lesser Redpoll (Carduelis cabaret)

Total species  31


  1. dramatic head on image of the black swan! Whisky is very good with the birds. It was fun to see the redpolls feeding. Hope you enjoy your day.

  2. A fine morning's photography! Still no goosander here!

  3. Lovely head on shot of the black swan though it looks none too friendly.
    Great bit of video of the Lesser Redpoll.

  4. Thanks Wilma. Yea, Whisky is very good with the birds; doesn't chase after them at all.
    Had a quiet day here, and the boy has slept most of it. He's happy :-)

    Thank you Simon. Was a good mornings visit, despite the weather.

    Thanks John. The swan was very curious, but kept a discreet distance.

  5. Beautiful swan----it was so warm here today we set records I think!

  6. Thank you Sondra. I think I heard somewhere that this December has been the mildest since our records began; certainly the wettest in some areas.

  7. Lovely shots of the Redpoll Keith. I noticed that the Mute didn't really want to take the Black Swan on, but just passed nearby.

  8. Thanks Roy.
    I've watched the Mute Swan a few times do this now. I think he's just doing it to look good. Might be a different story if the Black Swan stays into the breeding season though.

  9. Hi Keith I am sure you are relieved to see that whiskey does not chase the birds. he is very good with them.Love seeing the Lesser Redpoll feeding adn the Black Swan.

  10. Thank you Margaret. Yea, Whisky doesn't chase after the birds or geese; with one exception, Crows. He's fascinated by them.