Posted by: mynaturaldiary | February 3, 2009

Flying Pickets

Normally Lake Wilton is frequented by birds of the feathered variety. Recently we had a visitation of Flying Pickets, which you won’t find in any birdwatching guide. They’ve now disappeared, leaving the lake to its normal residents.

In recent weeks, ice has waxed and wained on the lake surface, and this has changed who visits (the Cormorants are absent for sure!).  Nonetheless, Canadian Geese seem to be there most days.

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Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

They seem to mingle with Greylag Geese

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Greylag Goose (Anser anser)

A rarer visitor is the Goosander

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Goosander (Mergus merganser)

The green-black headed, white bodied male is in contrast to the dark brown headed,  grey bodied female.

Finally, a bird that is instantly recognisable, the Great Grey Heron.

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Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)

He stands still as a statue and outlasts my patience in waiting to see him fly, so I leave him, still hoping for a passing fish.

Together with the rest of the country, heavy snow has just swept by.  Let’s hope we’ve seen the last of the storm and the financial storm nearby ends soon too.


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