Naturelog: Tuesday 5th January

Posted: January 7, 2015 in Birds, Kent, Natural History, UK
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A grey morning but the first opportunity this year to get out and do some birdwatching away from the local patch. The sighting of a Firecrest the day before drew me to Kelsey Park in Beckenham. Firecrest, an uncommon winter visitor to the UK has been one of those birds for me. In all my years of birding I have only ever seen one and that was about 20 years ago. The combination of its rarity and its elusive nature certainly has something to do with this lack of records but I think there are just some birds you are not fated to see!

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Today would be no exception to the rule. I arrived at the location in which it had been seen yesterday and waited. But there was not a movement, not a sign or a sound of the bird.

Still this is a good site for birding and I made my way back to the Lake to see what I could add to the years species list. A rather obliging Little Grebe came close for photos together with other regular residents. Mandarin Duck were present in good numbers (8 males and 4 females) – the largest party have seen for quite some years in this area.

Mandarin duck (male)

Mandarin duck (male)

Tufted Duck (male)

Tufted Duck (male)

LIttle Grebe

LIttle Grebe

Grey Heron on nest in heronry

Grey Heron on nest in heronry

Mute Swans and Canada Geese

Mute Swans and Canada Geese

I had intended going onto another site nearby but by lunchtime the rain had begun to fall and after one final look around the area where the Firecrest had been seen with no luck I decided to head for home. Oh well maybe one day.

One other interesting sighting on the lake was the presence of a male Cayuga Duck. This is a Domestic Duck species imported into the UK from the USA. A local told me that it was found in someone’s garden locally and then released onto the lake.

Cayuga Duck (male)

Cayuga Duck (male)

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  1. The mandarin ducks are dazzle with their colours.

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