Archive for January 7, 2013

Another day and it is off to Walthamstow reservoirs in search of a male Long-tailed duck, which has been present for a few days. It has mainly been seen on the lower Maynard Reservoir and so I start here. There are plenty of Coot and Tufted duck, but no sign of the long-tailed. I decide to the full perimeter of the reservoir, which will also give me the opportunity to look onto the upper Maynard Reservoir, where the bird has occasionally also been seen. However still no sign. I gather from the birders I meet that it has not been seen this morning. Probably the most pleasing sighting is five little grebes.

Having completed my route I decide to cross the road and have a look around the other reservoirs. Like Maynard, there are plenty of coot and tufted duck plus a couple of great crested grebes. There are about 10 grey heron that I can see in the heronry, but no sign of little egret. As the weather is closing in, I decide to call it a day and head back. Just as I’m coming to the end of the reservoirs, I notice a black-and-white bird on the northern end of number one Reservoir. My initial thought is that it is another tufted duck, that there is something about it that doesn’t ring true. It is showing an awful lot of white. I locate it in the bins and find I am looking at a pristine male goldeneye. There is also a female present. It is close into the bank and so I sneak around to trying get some photos. It starts the move away, but I do get the shots.

A very good ending to a quiet day

Species 25

Goldeneye

Goldeneye


Goldeneye

Goldeneye

Species seen

Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca)
Gadwall (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Common Goldeneye [sp] (Bucephala clangula)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Jay [sp] (Garrulus glandarius)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Long-tailed Tit [sp] (Aegithalos caudatus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)