12th November 2019

Goosanders on the swollen Don: as promised yesterday, here are some of the beautiful small flock of Goosander we watched on the river Don on Sunday, a couple of days after it became flooded. The waters had receded but were still in spate, and these lovely birds were riding the waves on what is usually a slow-flowing river. In June we watched a similar number of the sociable Goosander son a sea loch on Orkney but for winter they can be seen on reservoirs and estuaries, only coming south of the Humber at this time of year. Goosander are one of the saw-bill family of ducks, so named because of the

Male Goosander on the Don

Female Goosander, riding the waves on the Don in spate

Serrated edges to their bills, which enable them to catch and hold fish- let’s hope the floods haven’t spoiled the fish levels on the Don right now and that they can survive here as more rains are due over the next few days. Conditions: rain and sun, squally day, with some snow showers in nearby Stocksbridge this morning Temperature : Max 8 Min 1c.

23rd January 2017

Female Goosander, River Don

Female Goosander, River Don

Grey Wagtail, River Don

Grey Wagtail, River Don

Kingfisher, River Don

Kingfisher, River Don

What sights this morning along the River Don, from Neepsend Bridge to Lady’s Bridge, we were lucky to watch a female Kingfisher (unlike the male, the female has an orange underside to its bill), too far for a close up but stunning, bathing for many minutes in the sunshine, a Grey Wagtail and a beautiful female Goosander. All this on a half-mile stretch in the city centre, and from an all-round car trip of 2 miles from our house! Conditions: Frost, sun and building cloud. Temperature: Max 5- Min 0C.