Naturelog: 12th February

Posted: February 12, 2016 in Birds, Natural History
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Carrion Crow

Carrion Crow


Decided to go off and check out a couple of local sites this morning. My first stop was the local nature reserve at Sutcliffe park. The water level had certainly dropped since my visit last month, but the marsh side path still resembles a river.


It was good to see a few Common Gulls amongst the Black-headed Gulls. despite their name they are not really very common, but this has become a regular winter spot for them. By the reed-bed, I spotted a flash of iridescent blue as a Kingfisher flew upstream. I tried to locate if it had perched up somewhere in the hope of a photo but to no avail. As I walked down towards the lake an inquisative Robin came to check out what I was doing.


The lake was sparsly populated with only a few Mallard, Coot and Moorhens. Single Herring and Lesser Black-backed gulls joined the Black-headed gulls and a Little Grebe was briefly seen. The star bird was an example of the European race of Great Cormorant with its white head (by comparison to the all black Atlantic race which is more common in the UK).


Great Cormorant (European race)

Great Cormorant (European race)





On the way back to the entrance I found a Little Egret and a Grey Wagtail.


The second stop was at the Tarn. Although the algal bloom seems to have receded it is still present, but the good news is that there were 9 Greylag and 3 Canada Geese present and from the arguing and bickering going on, it certainly seems like they are preparing to breed here this year.

Greylag Goose

Greylag Goose


Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Mew Gull [sp] (Larus canus)
European Herring Gull [sp] (Larus argentatus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Eurasian Wren [sp] (Troglodytes troglodytes)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)
Dunnock [sp] (Prunella modularis)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
White Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla alba)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

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