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Thursday, 10 November 2016


Well, it's been a very long time since I've done a blog post on here, so I thought today, I would rectify that.

We got here just after seven, and started to make our way round the north lake first. Dull and dismal, and a few spots of rain, but not to worry; on we went.
Lots of leaves have fallen from the trees now and cover the paths. A bit slippery in places when it's wet.

Up by the first footbridge where a Heron usually fishes, I noticed a Little Egret.
A small group of Cormorants were fishing nearby and I guess they were driving some of the fish towards the Egret.
As I began to cross over the bridge five Little Egrets flew out, circled round over the water and then settled back under the bridge.

Past the bandstand, and in its usual spot on the bank, a Grey Heron.

We made our way to the top end, and the wall of the dam, and on our way there Whisky met a few of the dogs he knows.
Lots of running and playing, before we carried on.

A few Wigeon on the water, some Coots, Mallards and a couple of Gadwall. Nothing like the usual numbers yet though.

Pass the pub, and a group of Mallards soon spotted me. They all flew over waiting to be fed. Lucky I had some seed with me.

The south lake next, with some Little Grebes swimming and diving along the edge, and a Cormorant lazing on one of the buoys.

At the far end a Heron was lurking by the waters edge, and quite a few Canada Geese cruising along.

I stood by the screen, and scanned through the flock of gulls that were on the water. All Black-headed Gulls.
A few Wigeon in the distance, and then I spotted a female Goosander.

 A lousy shot.

I made my way round to the other side, just in time to see it take flight.

Shy bird

Past the rowing club and a few more Coots, a couple of Little Grebe and a swan family.

In the bays in front of the houses a few more Wigeon, and not much else.

Out on one of the buoys a Common Gull, and over on Cormorant island ............. some Cormorants.

Not a bad morning.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
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 Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
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 Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  29


  1. I love goosander, but as you say, not easy birds to get close to. We have them visiting the town ponds during winter, largest group I've seen was 3 ducks and 3 drake.

    1. We get quite a few here during the winter months.

  2. All the usual suspects still around the lake then Keith?
    Good to see the Little Egrets have found a place to their liking, when I walked around the lake a couple of weeks ago there were seven in the same area..going by their 'calling cards' it looked like they'd been roosting in the trees there?
    I'm guessing that the Goosander IS the female Red Breasted Merganser 'seen behind the island'(?) that was reported earlier today on Twitter?...[;o)

  3. Trev, I met a couple I know this morning, and they were saying there's been a few Little Egrets in that spot for several weeks now.
    Don't know who reported a RB Merganser. Probably confused it with the Goosander. I got an e-mail from a resident in the big town houses a couple of days ago, saying they had seen a couple of Goosanders in the bay, and up by the rowing club on the south lake.

    1. Yeh, I forgot to say, when I was there I saw a female Goosander close in to 'Cormorant Island' on the road bridge side...[;o)

  4. Shame you didn't say you were going, could have met you over there. Never mind.

  5. Good to know you're still keeping an eye on the lake, Look forward to more news of the Goosander!

  6. Thanks Sondra. This time of the year some pretty good birds can turn up, and it's usually good for Goosanders.
    Another plus is that Whisky knows a lot of the other dogs that are walked round there, so everyone is happy :-)