Friday, 3 January 2014

55 species - not a bad start to 2014

Missed out on the action on New Years Day, because:
  1. The weather was atrocious
  2. Dad's van has conked out - the van isn't moving anywhere.
However, Dad has just come back with a hire van to get us out and about for the rest of the school holidays - yipeeeeeeeeeee very pleased.

New Years Day bought 16 species to our garden, so it was a steady start to 2014. But yesterday, Mum, Dad and I went to Alton Water, to see if we could crank up the year list further. We got 55 species, the highlights being Goosander, Goldeneye and a Barnacle Goose? Probably an escape.....

I reckon there was about 60 Great-crested Grebes on the reservoir.

 Plenty of Greylag Geese at The Wonder - this was were the Barnacle Goose was.

A Heron flew over Larchwood

Several Little Grebe were present.

The darker duck on the left I think is a female Pochard, but the the Mallard on the right shows the darkness in contrast between the duck on the left. Possibly a hybrid, or a Pochard????? Poor picture I know.

These were definite Pochards around The Wonder, lingering with the Coots.

A Shelduck was a nice surprise at the Sailing Club.

Several Tufted Duck were present around the reservoir

And Mum hit the Jackpot with a sunlight on water picture. What a range of colours.

Finally, plenty of Wigeon were present to, especially at Larchwood.

Here's how 2014 has gone so far.....
  1. Collard Dove
  2. Woodpigeon
  3. Black-headed Gull
  4. Blue Tit
  5. Great Tit
  6. Common Gull
  7. Herring Gull
  8. Greenfinch
  9. Goldfinch
  10. Rook
  11. Jackdaw
  12. Carrion Crow
  13. Starling
  14. House Sparrow
  15. Chaffinch
  16. Robin
  17. Magpie
  18. Song Thrush
  19. Blackbird
  20. Mallard
  21. Cormorant
  22. Pied Wagtail
  23. Red-legged Partridge
  24. Kestrel
  25. Pheasant
  26. Great-crested Grebe
  27. Coot
  28. Moorhen
  29. Great Black-backed Gull
  30. Lesser Black-backed Gull
  31. Tufted Duck
  32. Goldeneye
  33. Teal
  34. Greylag Goose
  35. Barnacle Goose
  36. Little Grebe
  37. Rock Dove (feral pigeon)
  38. Pochard
  39. Gadwall
  40. Long-tailed Tits
  41. Wigeon
  42. Coal Tit
  43. Siskin
  44. Goldcrest
  45. Lesser Redpoll
  46. Bullfinch
  47. Yellowhammer
  48. Treecreeper
  49. Redwing
  50. Dunnock
  51. Wren
  52. Goosander
  53. Jay
  54. Heron
  55. Mute Swan
Not a bad day. Hoping to go out on Sunday, now that we have a new van (it's a heap of junk really). At least we have some wheels to move about in.

Happy Birding and Happy New Year!

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