Sunrise: 07:25 GMT
-2°C > 8°C: Clear and frosty with some increasing high cloud from SW. Calm start with light SSE breeze later. Very good visibility with a few low-level misty bits
No real highlights today and lower number of most things on and around the lake for no obvious reason
(146th visit of the year)
Notes from today
- very low number of Black-headed Gulls this morning
- no significant passage of large gulls – all Lesser Black-backs this morning were mainly singles or groups of 2 to 5
- just 8 Lapwings very low over the lake: did not see where they went and whether in fact they landed
- 658 of the over flying Wood Pigeons were in the 40 migrant groups: again moving between NW and NE. Many of the groups quite small, the largest contained 61 birds
- as many as 5 Goldcrests this morning: as with the Chiffchaffs it is hard to know whether some birds move along with the roving tit parties and could be encountered several time
- a Mistle Thrush had a quick sing again
- as well as the identified overflights at least 13 more ‘finches’ were seen out of earshot
- no moths on the lamps today
Counts of birds flying over the lake (in addition to those on / around lake)
- 2 Canada Geese
- 3 (3♂) Goosander
- 2 Cormorants
- 80 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
- 1 Stock Dove
- 682 Wood Pigeons (40 groups)
- 16 Jackdaws
- 10 Rooks
- 1 Skylark
- 9 Starlings (5 singles / groups)
- 68 Fieldfare (6 groups)
- 3 Redwings (2 groups)
- 1 Pied Wagtail
- 1 Meadow Pipit again
- 1 Greenfinch
- 2 Goldfinches
- 2 Siskins
- 13 unidentified finches
The counts from the lake area
- 2 + 1 Mute Swans
- 4 (2♂) Gadwall
- 6 (4♂) Mallard
- 1 (1♂) Pochard
- 46 (29♂) Tufted Ducks
- 8 Lapwings
- 1 Grey Heron again
- 1 Little Grebe
- 7 Great Crested Grebes only
- 9 Moorhens
- 61 Coots
- 23 Black-headed Gulls only
- 8 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
The sunrise with the sky streaked with vapour trails of aircraft arriving overnight from the US.
A sleeping family: not entirely sure why the nearest adult had brown marks in its wing.
How’s that work them? the reflections of these Great Crested Grebes are sharper than the real birds!
I know it is only a Blue Tit but posed in the early sun worth a shot.
Trench Lock: 11:25 – 12:15
(4th visit of the year)
Another visit so soon? Was impressed by the ease of seeing and photographing gulls – they seem less concerned about people on the adjacent footpath than they do at Priorslee Lake
- did I mess-count the number of cygnets on my last visit – only 3 today
- the gulls were coming and going again and probably more than double the number of individuals were involved: highest ‘instant’ count quoted
- a Kingfisher shot by
- a Grey Wagtail was in the Blue Pig car park
The counts from the water
- 2 + 3 Mute Swans
- 19 Canada Geese
- 4 (2♂) Mallard
- 25 (8♂) Tufted Ducks
- 1 Great Crested Grebe
- 7 Moorhens
- 63 Coots
- 62 Black-headed Gulls
- 52 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
- 5 Herring Gulls again
A Common Buzzard being harassed by the local Carrion Crows.
Typical adult winter Herring Gull.
Typical 1st winter Herring Gull with the pale grey mantle feathers extensively edged brown.
Same bird: here we can see ‘up its chuff’ courtesy of the reflection and see the undertail marks.
‘Look: no body’! the same bird again: showing the underwing marks.
A typical adult winter Lesser Black-backed Gull.
This bathing adult winter Lesser Black-backed Gull shows that P1 has yet to full re-grow.
We see the same in this flying shot of a different bird.
... whereas this one shows a full-grown P1.
A typical adult in flight.
There is no doubt about it: the legs are pink (and the left foot looks damaged): however ....
It most assuredly is a Lesser Black-backed Gull.
And this is another apparently pink-legged adult Lesser Black-backed Gull.
Two Lesser Black-backed Gulls in flight (well 4 actually).
A 1st winter adult Lesser Black-backed Gull in flight
And its underside ...
... here as well.
The dark tips to the outer tail-feathers are better shown here.
Another pass by the same bird.
‘Look: no body again’! this is an adult winter Black-headed Gull.
And the upper wing.
Yes: thank you!
On this day in ...........
Today's Sightings Here
Today's Sightings Here
10 Great Crested Grebes
107 Tufted Ducks
c.1600 Wood Pigeons
150+ Golden Plover
60 Tufted Ducks
2 Water Rails
6 Meadow Pipits
20 Fieldfare over
58 Tufted Ducks
670+ Black-headed Gulls
2008+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls
1207 Wood Pigeons
10 Reed Buntings