Last birding day in 2013

Black-headed Gulls are always up to some easy snacks. Image taken by my wife. © Andrea Szimuly

Black-headed Gulls are always there for some easy snacks. Image taken by my wife. © Andrea Szimuly

The Caldecotte Lake is one of the few local birding sites I regularly visit. Today afternoon I walked all around both the south and the north lake and counted birds. The weather was stunning and conditions were ideal for a more than two hours walk.

I started on the south lake where a pair of Common Merganser was flying off the lake further south. In the bushes Redwings and a Song Thrush were feeding but a dog chased them away. The other notable bird was a male Common Kestrel.

The north lake was quite ‘ducky’. Lots of Eurasian Wigeon and Tufted Ducks were present. In the northwest bay there were another Common Merganser couple.

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The southern Caldecotte Lake photographed from the west bank. © Gyorgy Szimuly

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The southern end of the lake. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Only a few wild-looking Mallards can be seen on the Caldecotte Lake. The majority is domestic type. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Only a few wild-looking Mallards can be seen on the Caldecotte Lake. The majority is domestic type. © Gyorgy Szimuly

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Great Cormorants are roosting on the small island of the northern part of the south lake. © Gyorgy Szimuly

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Bird feeding is a popular activity in Milton Keynes. © Gyorgy Szimuly

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Nice oxbow-like corridor with willow trees. © Gyorgy Szimuly

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Black-headed Gulls roosted on the icy north lake. © Gyorgy Szimuly

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Lots of Tufted Ducks and beautiful Eurasian Wigeons were actively feeding in the shelter bay. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Species list submitted to e-Bird: Caldecotte Lake (South/North)

Canada Goose 25/90
Mute Swan 18/13
Gadwall 2/13
Eurasian Wigeon 0/54
Mallard 8/14
Mallard (Domestic type) 42/46
Common Pochard 12/2
Tufted Duck 16/102
Common Merganser 2/2
Great Crested Grebe 10/21
Great Cormorant 33/11
Grey Heron 2/4
Common Moorhen 11/5
Eurasian Coot 75/127
Black-headed Gull 193/188
Mew Gull 7/8
European Herring Gull 18/12
Lesser Black-backed Gull 3/18
Great Black-backed Gull 0/2
Common Wood Pigeon 3/5
Eurasian Collared-Dove 2/0
Eurasian Kestrel 1/0
Common Kingfisher 0/1
Eurasian Magpie 4/4
Rook 0/5
Carrion Crow 6/23
Great Tit 6/3
Eurasian Blue Tit 8/6
Eurasian Wren 3/2
European Robin 9/5
Eurasian Blackbird 10/4
Redwing 9/1
Song Thrush 1/0
Dunnock 9/2
White Wagtail (British) 1/0
Common Reed Bunting 2/0
Common Chaffinch 2/1
European Goldfinch 4/1
House Sparrow 1/0

This was pretty much the end of my birding activity in 2013. I’m sure 2014 will be different and full of interesting birds and places.

With this image, about my lovely daughter, I wish my readers a Happy New Year. May your dreams came true next year! Thanks for your support.

Kea repeatedly expresses her love for birds. What else I could ask for? © Andrea Szimuly

Kea repeatedly expresses her love for birds. What else I could ask for? © Andrea Szimuly

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