13 Dec 14

Priorslee Lake: 6:59am - 10:07am

1.0°C > 3.5°C  Clear, fine and frosty. Light W wind. Excellent visibility.

No notable records this morning.

(145th visit of the year)

Counts over the lake
- 11 Black-headed Gulls
- 82 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
- 2 Herring Gulls
- 2 Feral Pigeon
- 11 Fieldfare
- 13 Redwings
- 691 Jackdaws
- 26 Rooks

Birds seen leaving roosts around the lake (in addition to the over flights).
- 9 Redwings (partial count from a distance).
- 8 Starlings
- 58 Magpies

The counts from the water
1 Little Grebe
5 Great Crested Grebes
2 Swans
6 (3) Gadwall
9 (4) Mallard
4 (4) Pochard
72 (40) Tufted Duck
2 Water Rails heard
10 Moorhens
182 Coots
66 Black-headed Gulls
24 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
30 Herring Gulls

Other notes
Little Grebe again: this bird quite bold and in a different location.
c.100 Wood Pigeons flew in to the copse alongside the M54 to the E of Castle Farm Road.
Cetti's Warbler not heard today.
Small Starling roost last night – just 8 birds seen leaving.
The same Mottled Umber moth still on the same lamp as yesterday.
What appeared to be a very late Shaggy Ink-cap fungus has emerged here – one at The Flash on Thursday.

A slightly different take on the sunrise this clear frosty and morning.

And the Hazel catkins are progressing: last week they were still green.

The drake Gadwall is such an attractive bird, how could I resist.

The unmistakeable dumpy silhouette of Little Grebe.

Here is the new Shaggy Ink Cap fruit that has just emerged at the lake: an unusually late date.

My excuse is it is nearly Christmas and every Christmas needs a Robin. Especially when it as well-posed as this.

Following on from yesterday’s possible Hogweed this different specimen I found today seems to confirm it. The outer flowers on each ray are open and white, as they should be: the inner flowers are yet to open and like yesterday show a pink tinge (the background leaves you can see are no clue: these are quite different plants, possibly Crane’s-bill though the photo is too blurred to be sure and I did not check at the time).

(Ed Wilson)


Priorslee Flash: 10:10am - 11:01am

(119th visit of the year)

Today’s counts overhead here:
- 49 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
- 1 Herring Gull

The counts from the water
1 Little Grebe
2 Great Crested Grebes
1 Grey Heron
2 Swans
3 Canada Geese
1 all-white feral goose
35 (23) Mallard
1 all-white feral duck
1 (0) Pochard
29 (15) Tufted Ducks
54 (5) Goosander
6 Moorhens
17 Coots
68 Black-headed Gulls
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull

Another very high count of Goosanders.

This Pied Wagtail is rather hunched it is possible to just about make out a dark neck collar of an adult. The overall paleness suggests a female. This bird has quickly found a foraging area at The Flash where the Council have added earth to build up the once eroded bank behind the reeds that were planted in 2013 and are doing well.

I know it is the same Grey Heron with the missing foot but you don’t often see birds standing on roof-tops. Note that compared with the bird I photographed the bill of this bird is very dull. It may be that its injury will mean it does not come in to breeding condition.

(Ed Wilson)

On this day in 2009, 2012 and 2013
Priorslee Lake
Herring x Glaucous Gull hybrid, sometimes called ‘Nelson's Gull' but also colloquially ‘Viking Gull
(Ed Wilson)
Ring billed Gull hybrid
1800 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
500 Black-headed Gulls, 100 Herring Gulls
3 Greater Black-backed Gulls
Common Gull.
(Tom Lowe)
Black-necked Grebes
(Ed Wilson)