Posted by: mynaturaldiary | December 4, 2009

Goose and Goosander

At Lake Wilton, we have our normal winter residents, Canadian Geese.

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

and some new residents, Goosanders. First, a male, with his white body and green head.

Then a female, with her grey body and reddish- brown head.

We have four males and up to three females currently on the Lake.

Goosander (Mergus merganser)

Back at Cafe Twitch, almost monsoon like weather in November have kept birds away, so a welcome break in the rain (and some bread) brings the birds down into view. First, a black headed gull in winter plumage.

Black headed gull (Larus ridibundus)

Then, a woodpigeon.

Woodpigeon (Columba palumbus)

And a Collared Dove.

Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)

A nippy House Sparrow, darts down, amongst all these big birds to swipe a piece of bread.

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

A male Blackbird is enticed onto the lawn by ‘fruity nibbles‘ bird feed.

Blackbird (Turdus merula)

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