Bird Blog | January
I hope you all had a good Christmas and New Year and bird books, or a camera or binoculars amongst your presents?!
It has been a mild winter so far and the winter residents are not in the numbers that we usually get at this time of year. Widgeon and Teal make up most of the population on the lake with Gadwall, Mallard and 20 Shellduck making up the numbers.
Geese – Greylag, Canada and four Egyptian are present on the lake. We had a little rainfall during December which brought up the water level on the lake.
Our feeders around the Estate have been busy with Goldfinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, and Long Tailed Tit being the most common. Blackbirds, Robins, Thrush, Starlings and a Nuthatch make up the rest. Our owl boxes have been cleaned out ready to encourage the owls in to them. One box has a little owl and another has been take over by Jackdaws.
Focus – Ducks
A resident in Great Britain, the Mallard is widely known in both Olde Worlde and New. The drake has a bottle green head and rufous markings are lost in the summer moult when he becomes nearly indistinguishable from the drabber duck. Six to fourteen eggs are laid from March to May.
One of our prettiest ducks and smaller than the Mallard. It has a rich chestnut head with a green eye stripe in the winter, during the summer moult, like the Mallard drake looks much like the duck. It has a distinctive whistle and the drake also quacks.
There are still plenty of birds to see at this time of year with a large flock of Linnets, Fieldfare, Goldfinch and Buzzards to see now the leaves are off the trees, which makes them much easier to see.
Keep your eyes open and you never know what you might see.