Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Steps Bridge/Dunsford Woods

Went in search of Lesser Spotted Woodpecker but didn't make contact!  However, I was intrigued by the fishing technique of a male Goosander which was operating in a quiet stretch of water above the bridge. For some minutes it crossed the river backwards and forwards at speed with its body flattened and its neck stretched ahead to allow only its bill and eyes to be submerged.  The top of its head was always above the water and it only dived when it sighted something.  This method created no motion on the surface of the still water (presumably it hunted in this method to preserve energy from unnecessary diving).

Other birds present: Grey Wagtail, Marsh Tit, Raven, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Dipper, Sparrow Hawk and mixed Tit flocks.