13 Feb 16

Priorslee Lake: 07:15 – 09:55

Telford sunrise: 07:31

c.2.0°C. Rather thick high overcast, scattered below. Moderate E wind. Moderate visibility becoming good

(20th visit of the year)

Best record today was my first Kestrel at this site this year: one hovering over the fields to the E – fields that, sadly, have planning permission for yet more housing

Other notes
- a small goose in one of the departing pre-dawn groups was likely the small race / species Lesser / Cackling Goose
- a pair of Goosander flew low over and headed off E, unusually
- 3 Grey Herons present for a short while, but mostly just one
- of the c.200 Wood Pigeons logged over 90 of these were put up from trees to the SE of the lake; 113 were counted in 4 groups that seemed on a more determined movement
- although I am arriving too late to see all the Magpies leave their roost, I did see 46 birds leave almost together as I was approaching my usual watch spot. At least another 11 were still around the roost trees
- Willow Tit again, but only calls – no song today
- the overhead Pied Wagtail was my first for a week
- >35 Greenfinches logged this morning. There are small roosts in the Ricoh hedge; in the hedge to the W of the new Academy; and in the trees on the edge of estate. Birds call from deep in cover for many minutes before flying off, often very high. Some birds stay around for a long while. So separating over-flights from local birds is rather problematic

Counts of birds flying over the lake (in addition to those on / around lake)
- 28 Greylag Geese (2 groups)
- 29 Canada Geese (5 groups)
- 1 Lesser Canada Goose sp.
- 2 (1♂) Goosanders
- 7 Black-headed Gulls
- 15 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
- 2 Herring Gulls
- 1 Stock Dove again
- c.200 Wood Pigeons
- 1 Collared Dove
- c.360 Jackdaws
- 73 Rooks
- 1 Starling
- 1 Pied Wagtail
- 14 Greenfinches (but see notes)
- 9 Siskins

Birds seen leaving roosts around the lake
- none counted but see notes re Magpies and Greenfinches

The counts from the lake area
- 2 Mute Swans
- 4 (2♂) Gadwall
- 2 (1♂) Mallard
- 16 (14♂) Pochard
- 14 (6♂) Tufted Ducks
- 4 Cormorants
- 3 Grey Herons
- 14 Great Crested Grebes
- 1 Water Rail again
- 17 Moorhens
- 69 Coots again
- 21 Black-headed Gulls

This Black-headed Gull is almost in full summer plumage – just a small white spot mars the chocolate hood and the white ‘eye-lids’ are perhaps not as prominent as they will become.

The two adult Great Crested Grebes in the centre of the frame have just finished their head-shaking display and are separating. Both seem to be waving a leg in the air – not something I had noted previously. An immature – I guess a 1st winter – looks on.

Two pairs of Gadwall at the lake this morning. Numbers vary from day to day: have been as many as 15. Have never stayed to breed as yet.

I know: you have seen drake Gadwall before. I don’t care – they are still very special.

This is a different drake – look at the mark on the bill. No idea what that is all about.

Just in case the duck Gadwall feels left out.

(Ed Wilson)


The Flash: 10:15

The pair of resident Mute Swans have another pair to contend with. More on Readers Corner Here.

(Ann Dewhurst)

On this day in 2006, 2008, 2009,  2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015
Priorslee Lake

Today's Sightings Here

Priorslee Lake

1 Velvet Scoter
3 Greater Scaup
(Observer Unknown)


Candles landfill / Horsehay Pool
Iceland Gull
3 Caspian Gull
Yellow-legged Gull
Herring x Lesser Black-backed gull hybrid
(Tom Lowe)

Priorslee Lake

1000+ large gulls
2 Iceland Gulls
3 Yellow-legged Gulls
(Tom Lowe)

Priorslee Lake

1 Little Grebe 
4 Great Crested Grebes
4 Gadwall
39 Pochard
84 Tufted Duck
1 Water Rail
173 Coots
1 Siskin
(Ed Wilson)

Priorslee Lake

Iceland Gull
(Observer Unknown)

Priorslee Lake

Glaucous Gull
(Geoff Holmes)

Priorslee Lake

10 Pink-footed Geese
c.70 Golden Plover
80 Fieldfares
10 Great Crested Grebes
10 Pink-footed Geese
10 Pochard
38 Tufted Ducks
151 Coots
1 Water Rail
1065 Wood Pigeons
273 Jackdaws
186 Rooks
400 Starling
27 Robins
23 Blackbirds
10 Song Thrushes
11 Greenfinches
48 Siskins
1 Redpoll
10 Reed Buntings
(Ed Wilson).