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Saturday, 25 December 2010

Christmas Day

and what a day!

Started cold, and then the sun came out. It didn’t seem any warmer, but it certainly made it a beautiful morning.

I topped up the car park bridge with seed, then fed the ducks under the road bridge, spotted the Water Rail, and then made my way round the north lake.
Most of it is still frozen, save for a small area at the top end, near the weir. This was packed with Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Mallard and Coot. A few Moorhen wandering across the ice, and lots of Crows and Rooks, flying west to east. The gulls were flying east to west; maybe they should swap food locations, and save some energy.

The pub produced the Crows, and Mallards, that wanted feeding, so after doing that, I made my way round the south lake. No sign of the Bittern today, but at the bottom of the lake, by the railway line, over 50 Siskin kept me amused for over half an hour; an added bonus was an appearance by the sun.

Down by the fancy houses, the unfrozen area seems to have grown. Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Tufted Duck, Mute Swans, Black Swans, Wigeon, Pochard; everything was crammed into the area, and a selection of gulls too. I think everything worth seeing is right here.

Eventually got to the car park bridge, topped up the seed again, and made my way back home. 

What a great Christmas, in great company.

I’ll leave you with a Christmas Robin.

and with YouCrap being an arse on Christmas, a Vimto vid instead.

Christmas Day from holdingmoments on Vimeo.

Full list of today’s sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Common Goldeneye [sp] (Bucephala clangula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Water Rail [sp] (Rallus aquaticus)
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)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  44


  1. Thank you SO much for this beautiful video. It's a wonderful Christmas gift to your readers. Your narrative so soothing and enjoyable. I wish I could walk with you and see what you do each day. Merry Christmas.

  2. Thank you Hilary. I appreciate your comments.
    Enjoy your Christmas day.

  3. Glad you got a good day Keith. Barely got light here this morning then it rained and then it poured. All of which froze when it hit the ground.

  4. Sounds like a rough day Adrian. It's been good here; and I've indulged a little too much lol

  5. Great record of the days events, enjoy your xmas drink Keith you have earned it.

  6. loved the video and nice hearing your voice.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

  7. Cheers Bob. I think I over did the drink part lol

    Doreen, thank you. Hope your Christmas is going well :)

  8. Lovley shot of the Robin....Enjoyed your Christmas Vid as well HUGS

  9. Hi Keith sorry not to have commented lately, 'real' life is being a pain :( Hope you are enjoying Christmas. I just spotted Jim on the previous post, what a sweetheart he is, in my opinion you can't have a better friend than a dog.

    Great video and love the Siskins and Robin.

  10. Thanks Dixxe. Hope you had a good Christmas.

    Jan, no problem. Real life gets in the way sometimes lol
    Christmas is quiet; hope you're enjoying yours.

  11. Thank you Lenora, glad you enjoyed it :)

  12. ...that's a pretty nice tally for Christmas day! Enjoyed the video...especially the ducks flying in to greet you, looking for something to eat! Lovely capture of the heron as well...and the Moorhen. Glad you were able to get and see the birds Christmas morn. Enjoy this week!
    (P.S. cute shot of the robin!!)

  13. Thanks Kelly. It was a perfect way for me to spend Christmas :)

  14. Great day out away from the pudding. Soon be time to start a new list. Have a good birding new year Keith.

  15. Thanks Trevor.
    All the best to you and Angie for the New Year too.