17 Dec 17

Priorslee Lake only – rain stopped play

0.0°C > 2.5°C: Sliver of clear sky to E, otherwise lowering cloud with rain after 09:30. Very light SSE wind. Good visibility with some mist over the tops

Sunrise: 08:17 GMT

Priorslee Lake: 07:00 – 09:40

(162nd visit of the year)

Notes from today:
- started with the 5 visiting adult Mute Swans present: 2 were ‘persuaded’ to fly off E at 08:30. The residents then ignored the other 3 (as they did the 11 Canada Geese feeding on the grass)
- 5 Goosanders over: a brownhead flew W at 09:20; then 4 drakes flew E at 09:30
- at least 6 Great Crested Grebes, but chasing about and diving and hard to be sure there were not more
- at least 210 Black-headed Gulls skimmed in low over the W end: all of these briefly stopped on the lake before heading off, mainly ESE. Thereafter never more than 25 on the water
- I saw no Wood Pigeons overhead and only 5 in the trees around the lake
- the milder(?) weather prompted a Song Thrush to try and sing a bit
with
- still nothing noted on the lamps

Today’s bird totals

Birds noted flying over / near the lake:
- 5 (4♂) Goosanders
- 4 Black-headed Gulls
- 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
- 127 Jackdaws
- 3 Skylarks
- 2 Starlings (together)
- 2 Redwings (singles)
- 2 Meadow Pipits
- 4 Greenfinches
- 2 Goldfinches
- 3 Siskins

Birds noted leaving roosts around the lake:
- 24 Magpies (incomplete?)
- no Redwings
- 2 Reed Buntings

The counts from the lake area
- 7 + 3 Mute Swans (see notes)
- 42 Canada Geese
- 11 (6♂) Gadwall
- 17 (11♂) Mallard
- 9 (8♂) Pochard
- 58 (33♂) Tufted Ducks
- 2 Grey Herons again
- 6? Great Crested Grebes
- 2 Water Rails heard
- 10 Moorhens
- 204 Coots
- c.210 Black-headed Gulls

Did not look a promising start.

Then a ‘red sky in the morning’ warning of rain.

Briefly spectacular in close-up.

(Ed Wilson)

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On this day..........
2016
Priorslee Lake
Today's sightings Here

2015
Priorslee Lake
Today's sightings Here

2014
Priorslee Lake
Today's sightings Here

2013
Priorslee Lake
40 Golden Plover
4 Great Black-backed Gulls
5 Gadwall
2 Teal
4 Siskins
2 Redpolls
8 Pochard 
83 Tufted Ducks
249 Coots
83 Fieldfare
54 Redwings
216 Jackdaws
(Ed Wilson/John Isherwood)

The Flash
Greater Scaup
1 Little Grebe 
179 Tufted Ducks 
1 Goosander 
(John Isherwood/Ed Wilson)

Holmer Lake
30 Goosander
1 Little Grebe
(John Isherwood)

2012
Priorslee Lake
4 Gadwall
11 Pochard
48 Tufted Ducks
Snipe
1 Water Rail
163 Coots
6 Redwings
227 Jackdaws
3 Redpolls
2 Siskin
(Ed Wilson)

The Flash
2 Pochard
33 Tufted Duck
30 Goosanders
(Ed Wilson)

2009
Priorslee Lake
Black-necked Grebe
5 Great Crested Grebes
29 Swans
36 Pochard
97 Tufted Ducks
3 Water Rails
291 Coots
6 Redwings
c.230 Jackdaws
c.30 Goldfinches
7 Siskins
(Ed Wilson)

2006
Priorslee Lake
18 Pochard
41 Tufted Ducks
35 Fieldfare
19 Redwings
216 Jackdaws
132 Rooks
11 Greenfinches
2 Redpoll
7 Reed Buntings
(Martin Adlam)

2005
Priorslee Lake
c.1500 Black-headed Gulls
c.400 Lesser Black-backs
18 Pochard
77 Tufted Duck
7 Shoveler
5 Great Crested Grebe
2 Dabchick
3 Water Rail
1 Snipe
40 Siskin
2 Redpoll
19 Reed Bunting
(Martin Adlam)

16 Dec 17

Priorslee Lake and Trench Lock Pool

0.5°C > 2.5°C: White frost soon washed away by light showers. Light, occasionally moderate W wind. Very good visibility.

Sunrise: 08:16 GMT

Priorslee Lake: 06:55 – 10:10

(161st visit of the year)

A sighting that can’t go in the formal record as I am not 100% sure. A party of 8 or 9 birds in flight to the far E at c.08:00 had the right silhouette and wing action for Common Snipe. Snipe do not often fly in small groups and they were a long way away so I could not see the long bill of this species. I will have to let them pass

Other notes from today:
- still 5 additional adult Mute Swans. The residents made several attempts to chase them off, without success
- did a recount of the Coots to prove there really were many more than yesterday
- yesterday’s extra pair of Great Crested Grebes not seen
- a even smaller total than usual of Jackdaws – just 120 in the main group
- 2 Goldcrests seen: good to see they have survived all the snow
- 2 Fieldfares seen over
- visited the usual main Redwing roost: just 2 birds here with another elsewhere. Several small groups over
- the Coal Tit was in song again
with
- nothing noted on the lamps again

Today’s bird totals

Birds noted flying over / near the lake:
- 23 Black-headed Gulls
- 8 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
- 2 Herring Gulls
- 1 Stock Dove
- 3 Wood Pigeons only
- 135 Jackdaws
- 2 Fieldfares
- 19 Redwings (3 groups)
- 2 Greenfinches
- 1 Goldfinch

Birds noted leaving roosts around the lake:
- 17 Magpies (incomplete?)
- 3 Redwings only
- 3 Reed Buntings

The counts from the lake area
- 7 + 3 Mute Swans (see notes)
- 1 Greylag x Canada Geese
- 44 Canada Geese
- 11 (6♂) Gadwall remain
- 12 (7♂) Mallard
- 9 (9♂) Pochard
- 58 (34♂) Tufted Ducks
- 2 Grey Herons
- 2 Little Grebes
- 4 Great Crested Grebes
- 11 Moorhens
- 203 Coots
- 36 Black-headed Gulls
- 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls again

Before the arrival of the first shower there was clear skies with the start of a sunrise.

It was ‘cut off’ by the arrival of the shower.

The resident Mute Swans chasing the uninvited visitors.

Fish for breakfast anyone? This Grey Heron has decided to eat a Perch.

Catching it is only the start: it has to be manoeuvred to be swallowed head-first without dropping it.

A bloody business: the fish does not look too happy – for very obvious reasons.

Well that seems to have turned it ready for eating.

Does not want to be swallowed ....

 ... and almost slips out.

So engrossed with its task the Grey Heron did not seem to worry too much about me.

Down the hatch at last.

Gulp!

Its next task would be to wash the blood off its bill.

A Goldcrest about to take off. Note that the crown on this bird is yellow, as it usually is unless the bird is excited when the crest is raised exposing the red bases to these feathers.

A male Bullfinch showing why fruit farmers don’t like them: eating the buds.

(Ed Wilson)

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Afternoon visit

Trench Lock Pool: 14:50 – 16:15

(38th visit of the year)

In the afternoon I visited here with the specific intention of looking at the gull roots. Some other counts taken

still >30% ice

Notes from here
- the Greylag Geese flew in c.14:55 and left just before 16:00
- most of the Canada Geese also left just before 16:00: many of the rest left some minutes later
- the Goldeneye seemed to have gone
- the Goosanders left in several groups
- Black-headed Gulls arriving all the while until c.16:10
- a few large gulls when I arrived but these all flew off. Then a small number more arrived with the early Black-headed Gull arrival: these too all flew off

The counts from the water
- 1 + 6 Mute Swans
- 66 Greylag Geese
- 92 Canada Geese
- 15 (9♂) Mallard
- 3 (2♂) Shoveler still
- 2 (1♂) Pochard
- [Tufted Ducks not counted]
- 12 (10♂) Goosanders
- 1 Cormorant
- 1 Grey Heron again
- 1 Little Grebe
- 2 Great Crested Grebes
- [Moorhens not counted]
- [Coots not counted]
- c.150 > c.3000 Black-headed Gulls
- 2 > 0 > 9 > 0 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (see notes)
- 1 > 0 > 4 > 0 Herring Gulls (see notes)

Still a few showers around: this one giving a double rainbow. Note the difference in tone between the inside and outside of the rainbow – both the real thing and the reflection. Someone tried to explain to me why it happens but ‘my eyes glazed over’.

Greylags are handsome geese.

A good trick if you can do it: a drake Mallard does a one leg dance on the ice.

I don’t often take photos of duck Mallards: could not resist this pose though.

Timing not quite right for the synchronised preening award.

Surprisingly the rather dull light produced a less contrasting effect on a drake Goosander.

6 drake Goosanders leaving the pool. Very smart.

4 of these climbing away and....

......away they all go. Note the pinkish flush on the belly of bird #4 – the start of a more extensive breeding tone.

It is quite hard to count Black-headed Gulls when they are being reflected by the ice.

How many gulls ....? 4 Coots and a 2 duck Tufted Ducks – will that do? 

(Ed Wilson)

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On this day..........
2016
Priorslee Lake
Today's sightings Here

2014
Priorslee Lake
Today's sightings Here

2013
Priorslee Lake
5 Gadwall 
3 Pochard 
49 Tufted Ducks
238 Coots
6 Fieldfare
>256 Redwings
3 Siskins
1 Redpoll
(Ed Wilson)

The Flash
2 Teal
2 Pochard 
167 Tufted Ducks 
1 Greater Scaup 
2 Goosanders 
1 Redpoll
(Ed Wilson)

2012
Priorslee Lake
2 Little Grebe
35 Tufted Ducks
4 Gadwall
7 Pochard
149 Coot
1 Water Rail
25 Redwings
(Ed Wilson)

2011
Priorslee Lake
6 Great Black-backed Gulls
(John Isherwood)

2009
Priorslee Lake
Black-necked Grebe
5 Great Crested Grebes
23 Swans
34 Pochard
84 Tufted Ducks
1 Water Rail
Snipe
273 Coots
25 Goldfinches
7 Linnets
50 Siskins
(Ed Wilson)

2006
Priorslee Lake
3 Great Crested Grebes
4 Cormorants
9 Pochard
46 Tufted Ducks
1 Water Rail
Woodcock
70 Coots
c.220 Black-headed Gulls
104 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
2 Herring Gulls
1 Great Black-backed Gull
5 Buzzards
20 Pied Wagtails
1 Willow Tits
561 Jackdaws
149 Rooks
c.190 Fieldfare
c.120 Redwings
5 Reed Buntings
(Ed Wilson / Martin Adlam)

15 Dec 17

Priorslee Lake and The Flash: then Trench Lock Pool

1.0°C > 3.0°C: Mainly clear after overnight showers. Light NNW wind. Good visibility. Some clear spells in the night had increased the ice if anything

Sunrise: 08:15 GMT

Icy underfoot and care needed walking around. Looking down to keep safe may have had some effect on counts of fly-over birds. However I locate many birds by sound and these would not have been so affected. Perhaps it was just ‘quiet’

Priorslee Lake: 07:00 – 09:35

(160th visit of the year)

Highlight today was my best view yet of a Woodcock as a bird flew S across the lake 07:15, silhouetted against the early light

Other notes from today:
- 5 additional adult Mute Swans when I arrived. As soon as the residents awoke they chased two of them in to the air but they circled back. Peace was declared for a while. Then after 09:15 the residents had another go. Two birds flew over me as I was leaving – whether they were from the lake and whether they left or circled again I could not say
- the 25 Canada Geese were all present when I arrived. After feeding on the grass for a while, they left in two groups
- a Goosander came from the SW and flew over leaving to the E at 08:00. Could this have been the brownhead seen leaving the water at 08:15? A pair flew E at 08:50
- 6 Cormorants arrived 08:25 and stayed but a few minutes: later another dropped in for also for few minutes only
- now three Little Grebes: these are always tricky to find so perhaps there has been three for a while
- an extra pair of Great Crested Grebes – clearly together
- a smaller than usual party of Jackdaws – 160 in the main group. I presume the snow has forced them to look for different feeding areas
- no Starlings seen leaving the roost: I suspect the snow flattened the reeds preventing them using the site
- 2 (or more) Fieldfares heard flying over – too dark to see
- did not visit either known Redwing roost: however only 2 birds seen / heard leaving was poor
- a Coal Tit heard in song: when not singing they are rather unobtrusive
- 3 Lesser Redpoll in vegetation and then on the ground at the west end was unusual. Council contractors have recently cleaned-up the overgrown edges of the path and there was obviously food on the disturbed edges with these birds joined on the ground by Blackbirds, Wrens, Robins, Dunnocks and, briefly, a Jay
and
- nothing noted on the lamps

Today’s bird totals

Birds noted flying over / near the lake:
- 5 Greylag Geese (1 group outbound)
- 3 (1+♂) Goosanders (see notes)
- 1 Woodcock
- 15 Black-headed Gulls
- 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
- 2 Wood Pigeons only
- 186 Jackdaws
- 2+ Fieldfare (see notes)
- 1 Pied Wagtail
- 1 Siskin

Birds noted leaving roosts around the lake:
- 17 Magpies
- no Starlings (see notes)
- 2 Redwings only
- 1 Reed Bunting

The counts from the lake area
- 7 + 3 Mute Swans (see notes)
- 25 Canada Geese
- 11 (6♂) Gadwall again
- 13 (7♂) Mallard
- 9 (7♂) Pochard
- 66 (36♂) Tufted Ducks
- 1 (0♂) Goosanders
- 7 Cormorants
- 3 Grey Herons
- 3 Little Grebes
- 6 Great Crested Grebes
- 1 Water Rail heard
- 12 Moorhens
- 172 Coots
- 22 Black-headed Gulls only
- 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls

Still ice: some reeds sticking out and some remnant snow.

A half-decent sunrise (fighting Coots skittering in the foreground).

The red ‘pole’ and Hitler-moustache identify this Lesser Redpoll in the gloom.

And from the front. The sunlight belies just how poor the light was.

(Ed Wilson)

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The Flash: 09:40 – 10:15

(111th visit of the year)

Notes from here
- I think we must assume the last cygnet has perished
- the Great Crested Grebes seem to have departed: perhaps the two extra birds at the lake?
- at least 16 Goldfinches in trees at N end

Birds noted flying over
None

The counts from the water
- 2 Mute Swans
- 2 Canada Geese
- 1 white feral goose
- 40 (26♂) Mallard
- 5 (3♂) Tufted Ducks
- 4 Moorhens
- 12 Coots
- 28 Black-headed Gulls
- 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
- 1 Herring Gull

(Ed Wilson)

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Trench Lock Pool: 10:25 – 10:55

(37th visit of the year)

Still c.50% ice

A quick to check whether anything had dropped in and to look for the gull again

Notes from here
- one of the Pochard had a sex-change overnight
- many fewer brownhead Goosanders today

Birds noted flying over here [apart from the local Wood Pigeons and Jackdaws coming and going]
None

The counts from the water
- 1 + 6 Mute Swans
- 10 Canada Geese
- 22 (13♂) Mallard
- 1 (1♂) ‘feralMallard as usual
- 3 (2♂) Shoveler again
- 2 (2♂) Pochard
- 41 (23♂) Tufted Ducks
- 1 (0♂) Goldeneye still
- 11 (10♂) Goosanders
- 2 Cormorants
- 1 Grey Heron
- 3 Little Grebes
- 1 Great Crested Grebe again
- 3 Moorhens again
- [Coots not counted]
- 94 Black-headed Gulls
- 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
- 5 Herring Gulls again

Grey Herons are early breeders – nests will be being built by the end of January. We see here the bill getting the orange tone of a breeding condition bird and the developing ‘aigrettes’ – the long feathers on the mantle and the chest.
The aigrettes blowing in the breeze (an upending Coot behind).

IF this is the same first-winter gull that I was unsure about yesterday then in flight we can see that it is a Herring Gull. A Yellow-legged Gull would not have the inner primaries so pale and the tail above the dark terminal band would be cleaner.

(Ed Wilson)

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On this day..........
2016
Priorslee Lake
Today's sightings Here

2014
Priorslee Lake
Today's sightings Here

2013
Priorslee Lake
48 Magpies
2 Ravens
134 Starlings
1 Siskin
6 Gadwall 
2 Teal 
6 Pochard 
115 Tufted Ducks
1 Water Rail 
235 Coots 
258 Black-headed Gulls
27 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
24 Herring Gulls
3 Great Black-backed Gulls
32 Fieldfare
96 Redwings
(Ed Wilson)

The Flash
4 Pochard 
198 Tufted Ducks 
1 Greater Scaup 
6 Goosanders
(Ed Wilson)

2012
Priorslee Lake
1 Little Grebe.
4 Gadwall
8 Pochard
50 Tufted Ducks
1 Goosander
1 Water Rail
168 Coots
296 Wood Pigeons
3 Redwings
1 Fieldfare
203 Jackdaws
41 Rooks
4 Siskins
1 Redpoll
(Ed Wilson)

Trench Lock Pool
1 Heron
34 Swans
2 Shoveler
1 Pochard
41 Tufted Duck
1 Goldeneye
170 Coots
(Ed Wilson)

2010
Priorslee Lake
10 Pochard
19 Tufted Ducks
Curlew
2 Fieldfare
23 Redwings
c.25 Siskins 
(Ed Wilson)

The Flash
33 Tufted Ducks
1 drake Goosander 
1 Common Gull
(Ed Wilson)

2009
Priorslee Lake
Black necked Grebe
30 Mute Swans
2 Gadwall
27 Pochard
93 Tufted Ducks
1 Teal
263 Coot
2 Yellow-legged Gulls
600 Black-headed Gulls
Goldcrest
11 Siskins
(Ed Wilson/John Isherwood)

2006
Priorslee Lake
3 Herons
25 Pochard
41 Tufted Ducks
64 Coots
>500 Black-headed Gulls
>1700 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
7 Herring Gulls
35 Robins
30 Blackbirds
c.30 Fieldfare
c.24 Redwings
259 Jackdaws
232 Rooks
3 Reed Buntings
(Ed Wilson)

14 Dec 17

Priorslee Lake: then Trench Lock Pool and Trench Middle Pool

2.0°C > 5.0°C: Good sunny spells. Lying snow melting. Light WSW. Good visibility

Sunrise: 08:14 GMT

After another inch of snow last evening and overnight frost I ‘left it a while’

Best today was yet another Goldeneye: a duck at Trench Lock Pool. It is at least four years since I have seen this species at Trench

Priorslee Lake: 09:35 – 10:55

(159th visit of the year)

c.10% ice diminishing rapidly with breeze rippling water

Notes from today:
- still 4 additional adult Mute Swans. The residents made a few rather half-heated attempts to move them and then appeared to give up. I learn that the bird with an orange Darvic ring was ringed in 2015, already an adult, in Worcester
- dire number of gulls
- Gadwall numbers back to ‘normal’
- VERY little overhead with no Redwings seen or heard
and
- nothing on the lamps

Today’s bird totals

The only birds noted flying over / near the lake were:
- 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
- 1 Sparrowhawk female
- 1 Rook

Roost counts:
None

The counts from the lake area
- 6 + 3 Mute Swans
- 14 Canada Geese
- 11 (6♂) Gadwall
- 31 (20♂) Mallard
- 12 (10♂) Pochard
- 65 (36♂) Tufted Ducks
- 1 Grey Heron again
- 2 Little Grebes
- 4 Great Crested Grebes again
- 7 Moorhens
- 187 Coots
- 18 Black-headed Gulls
- 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls

Coot numbers ‘best effort’ and this is why: they were gathered together and moving around a lot.

About the only thing posing for photos today was this Song Thrush.

A bit distant: something you don’t see too often – a Long-tailed Tit on the ground: snowy ground at that.

Not sharp but look! A projectile Long-tailed Tit.

(Ed Wilson)

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Trench Lock Pool: 11:05 – 11:30 // 12:05 – 12:30

(36th visit of the year)

>50% ice, disappearing rapidly

Notes from here
- apart from the highlighted Goldeneye not much to say. A few things in bigger number; a few in smaller numbers
- a mystery first-winter large gull photographed: either a Yellow-legged Gull or a ‘funny looking Herring Gull

Birds noted flying over here [apart from the local Wood Pigeons and Jackdaws coming and going]
- 1 Buzzard
- 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
- 14 Starlings

The counts from the water
- 1 + 6 Mute Swans again
- 16 Canada Geese
- 31 (19♂) Mallard
- 1 (1♂) ‘feralMallard
- 3 (2♂) Shoveler
- 2 (1♂) Pochard
- 46 (25♂) Tufted Ducks
- 1 (0♂) Goldeneye
- 20 (12♂) Goosanders
- 3 Cormorants
- 1 Little Grebe
- 1 Great Crested Grebe
- 3 Moorhens again
- 131 Coots
- 121 Black-headed Gulls
- 12 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
- 5 Herring Gulls

Another rather distant shot: no mistaking the shape of this duck Goldeneye.

A not infrequent view of a disappearing Goldeneye: 12 retrices (tail feathers)?

Look at those legs: dark red on adult Black-headed Gulls, paler orangey-red on the first winter bird on the left. Yellow, to varying degrees, on the three Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Flesh coloured (if you are Caucasian!) on the Herring Gull.

Spent a long while looking at this gull. I eventually concluded it might be a Yellow-legged Gull but could not rule out it being ‘just a funny Herring Gull’ – there are so many races of these species and hybrids cannot be ruled out either. It looked rather small, even for a female. The mantle was rather more scaly than usual with the head paler. The rather weak-looking bill is all-dark which does not really tie-in the extent of grey on the mantle.

Here we see it with an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull – a species that averages smaller than Herring Gull.

A similar age Herring Gull looking much bulkier, with an obviously larger bill and less of a ‘scaled’ effect on the mantle. The bill is also paler at the base.

Here are the two birds together, the smaller on the left. They would not both orientate at the same angle to enable a more direct comparison to be made.

(Ed Wilson)

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Trench Middle Pool: 11:35 – 12:00

(33rd visit of the year)

About 80% iced over. As it is sheltered from the wind nothing to break the ice other than the odd over-fed Canada Goose crashing through

Notes from here
- Great Crested Grebes seem to have vacated
- record count of Coot: perhaps only because there was no open water ‘behind’ the island and they could all be seen from one place

Birds noted flying over here
None

The counts from the water
- 2 + 5 Mute Swans remain
- 9 Canada Geese
- 26 (16♂) Mallard
- 1 (1♂) ‘feralMallard
- 7 (4♂) Tufted Duck
- 2 (0♂) Goosander
- 1 Cormorant
- 9 Moorhens
- 51 Coots
- 23 Black-headed Gulls

(Ed Wilson)

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On this day..........
2016
Priorslee Lake
Today's sightings Here

2014
Priorslee Lake
Today's sightings Here

2013
Priorslee Lake
>550 Wood Pigeons
41 Magpies
1 Siskin
4 Gadwall 
2 Teal 
4 Pochard 
64 Tufted Ducks 
228 Coots
127 Black-headed Gulls
34 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
12 Herring Gulls
12 Great Black-backed Gull
10 Fieldfare
19 Redwings 
78 Jackdaws
7 Rooks
(Ed Wilson/John Isherwood)

The Flash
1st winter female Scaup
167 Tufted Ducks
(Ed Wilson/John Isherwood)

Horsehay Pool
A leucistic large species gull, probably Lesser Black-backed Gull
4 Yellow-legged Gulls
(Jim Almond)

2012
Priorslee Lake
2 Gadwall
9 Pochard
27 Tufted Ducks
c.155 Coots
265 Black-headed Gulls
244 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
42 Herring Gulls
3 Greater Black-backed Gulls
(Ed Wilson)

2010
Priorslee Lake
Curlew
Mallard x Pintail
>25 Herring Gulls
>500 Wood Pigeons
(Ed Wilson)

2009
Priorslee Lake
Black-necked Grebe
Little Grebe
2 Gadwall
Goosander
c.50 Siskins
1 Redpoll
4 Great Crested Grebes 
21 Swans
31 Pochard
92 Tufted Ducks
291 Coots 
(Ed Wilson)

2006
Priorslee Lake
22 Pochard
48 Tufted Ducks
3 Buzzards
69 Coots
>1300 Black-headed Gulls
>2600 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
23 Herring Gulls
1 Yellow-legged Gull
5 Great Black-backed Gulls
25 Robins
16 Blackbirds
c.60 Fieldfare
c.162 Redwings
32 Magpies
230 Jackdaws
96 Rooks
22 Starlings
14 Greenfinches
1 Reed Bunting
(Ed Wilson/Kevin Pryce)

2005
Priorslee Lake
3 Ruddy Ducks
Water Rail
1500 Black-headed Gulls
700 Lesser Blacked Gulls
2 Little Grebes
6 Great Crested Grebes
29 Pochard
54 Tufted Duck
234 Coot
Sparrowhawk
176 Jackdaws
179 Rooks
11 Siskins
15 Pied Wagtails
2 Grey Wagtails
3 Redwings
1 Fieldfare seen.
164 Wood Pigeon
5 Reed Buntings
10 Greenfinches
(Ed Wilson)

13 Dec 17

Priorslee Lake

Here a few lovely "reflection" images from today.


Adult winter Black-headed Gull

Black-headed Gulls

Mute Swans

All in a line

(Mark Williams)

The Flash

No ‘formal’ visit to The Flash to count anything. During my quick stop-off a few photos. Here the resident Mute Swans display their rings: the cob Yellow 52F; the pen Blue 7HJJ. That isn’t a dead animal between them – it is an old tree-stump.

Ice gives better reflections than water – even assuming Canada Geese could walk on water.

And again.

And a duo.

It is the Coot that is (slightly) interesting here: must be from a late brood as the white shield is still much less extensive than on an adult. It is not possible to be certain about the precise tone of the body in the poor winter light: however it looks greyer than on a full adult.

(Ed Wilson)

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On this day..........
2016
Priorslee Lake
Today's sightings Here

2014
Priorslee Lake
Today's sightings Here

2013
Priorslee Lake
1 ‘Nelson's Gull' but also colloquially ‘Viking Gull
3 Yellow-legged Gulls
1 Little Grebe
2 Siskins
4 Gadwall 
2 Teal 
4 Pochard 
87 Tufted Duck
3 Goosander 
236 Coots
1 Snipe
2 Great Black-backed Gulls
45 Redwings
(Ed Wilson/JW Reeves)

2012
Priorslee Lake
Ring-billed Gull hybrid
1800 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
500 Black-headed Gulls
100 Herring Gulls
2 Yellow-legged Gull
6 Greater Black-backed Gulls
1 Common Gull
1 Little Grebe
3 Redwings
1 Teal
9 Pochard.
40 Tufted Ducks
1 Water Rail
c.170 Coots
3 Redwings
c.300 Jackdaws
(Ed Wilson / Tom Lowe)

2010
Priorslee Lake
2 Goldeneye
2 Sky Larks
c.25 Redwing
c.8 Fieldfare
12 Bullfinches
c.30 Siskins
1 Redpoll
(Ed Wilson)

2009
Priorslee Lake
Little Grebe
Black-necked Grebe
4 Great Crested Grebes
31 Swans
2 Greylag
33 Pochard
1 Willow Tit
c.35 Goldfinches
3 Siskins
(Ed Wilson)

2006
Priorslee Lake
1 Little Grebe
26 Pochard
44 Tufted Ducks
73 Coots
7 Lapwings
>1500 Black-headed Gulls
>1300 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
38 Herring Gulls
1 adult Yellow-legged Gull
2 Great Black-backed Gulls
24 Robins
13 Blackbirds
5 Fieldfares
11 Redwings
1 Willow Tit
132 Jackdaws
7 Reed Buntings
(Ed Wilson)

2005
Priorslee Lake
Wigeon
Water Rail
c.1500 Black-headed Gulls
2 Little Grebes
5 Great Crested Grebes
13 Pochard
40 Tufted Duck
235 Coot
270 Jackdaws
154 Rooks
2 Redpoll
5 Siskins
12 Pied Wagtails
2 Redwings
10 Fieldfares
21 Reed Buntings
13 Greenfinches
(Ed Wilson)