It was a dull but still morning but I couldn’t resist the opportunity to see the goosanders again in my local park. Today the numbers had risen to five (in fact 7 were reported earlier in the day),
There were also 4 grey herons, 13 cormorants, lots of black-headed gulls, a lesser black-backed gull, a couple of first winter juveniles, a mute swan, a couple of moorhens, a few blackbirds and robins, loads of mallards and the tawny owl but not a single view of a kingfisher (the first blank for a long time).
You can see why they are known as sawbills
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I wasn’t going to go birdwatching today as I was having a small op this morning but when my wife read that there were three goosanders (quite rare for this park) I couldn’t resist especially as she offered to drive me there.
Our resident kingfisher and a grey heron also made appearances.
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It seems to have been raining all week but that’s probably just my perception. I managed a brief trip to Duchess Pond in Stoke Park this afternoon. i’m glad I wore my wellies as it was certainly very wet underfoot.
The area around the reeds has been dry until now. I saw a snipe here last year and so it was worth a look.
Other than 9 mallards and a couple of moorhens there were only 2 birds of note to photograph – a kestrel and a blackbird. A cormorant and a grey heron flew over but I was too busy trying to take landscapes to capture them with my camera.
Not a bird in sight