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Thursday, 11 February 2016

Goosander, Water Rail, Red Crested Pochard and the return of the Ferruginous Duck.

Big title, big day.

A cold and frosty start and sunshine too.

At the top end of the north lake a couple of Little Egrets were flying around, and the river Ouzel was bathed in sunlight.

On the arm that goes behind the pub, all looked very quiet. No Wigeon, and just a few Mallards. Not surprising really because all this week there has been a lot of boat activity. Powered dinghy's teararsing around like they were on the open sea, and even a large 'dragon boat' type thing up and down this stretch.
It wasn't until I got round the other side that I noticed some Goosanders. They must have just flown in.

Three male, and one female.

The female spent a lot of time prone on top of the water for a while, but the boys were just not interested.

I watched them for a while and took a few pictures.

A couple of Mallards posed too in the sunlight.

I walked on towards the pub, and another group flew over to meet us.

They wanted feeding.

Onto the south lake; still sunny, but not very warm yet.

Over the last few days there has been a Ferruginous Duck here. A real treat to see, but sadly, yesterday, it left and went to another lake nearby.

However, today, it had returned to its usual spot.

 Nice to see it in the sunshine; just a shame it was so far away.

A few more pictures taken, and then I noticed something in the background walking along the edge of the island.

 Top left, a Water Rail.

Past the rowing club, and up towards the houses with the bays in front.

Would the Red Crested Pochard be there still?

 Certainly was, and looking great in the sun.

We finished off a great mornings walk with a couple of Canada Geese

and then headed for home, and breakfast.

Short video

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina)
Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Water Rail [sp] (Rallus aquaticus)
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)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
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)
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)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  39


  1. Beautiful Goosanders, and there was a Ferruginous Duck, I love it. Best site I have seen.

  2. Everyone was enjoying the sun! And you got some great photos. I really like the water rail tiptoeing along the bank.

  3. Thank you Bob. There were some great birds to see today.

    Thanks Wilma. I almost missed the Water Rail, I just noticed it while I was photographing the other ducks.

  4. Some beautiful shots here. I am always amazed at the quantity and diversity there is on a lake like this.

  5. Thanks Adrian. It amazes me at times just what can be found here, considering there's usually lots of joggers and cyclists going round, plus all the boats that use the lake; all over it. This week alone apart from the usual rowing and sailing, there have been 2 large inflatable power dinghy's charging around most of the north lake.
    Thankfully the birds seem to just get on with their lives.

  6. Sunshine, a great location, a super cast of 'players'...what could be better?...[;o)

  7. Great lot of sightings Keith especially the Water Rail and the 'Golden Lakes' and I don't think I have ever seen Ferruginous Duck before.

  8. The sun brings life to these beautiful birds...Awesome everyone!!

  9. Thanks Roy. There's always a good variety here and occasionally a good rarity turns up.

    Thank you Sondra. Yea, a bit of sun makes a huge difference.