Below is a Coot. A member of the rail family with lots of personality. I particularly love their feet. Over the past two decades I have seen many species start to vanish from our natural world; however I continue to record Coots in good numbers and over a wide variety of sites. I have also found them to become a lot more tamer and they are becoming more accustomed to our urban wildlife habitats.
Killingworth Lake is filled with so many different species of bird. It has evolved far from a man-made lake into a fully fledged nature reserve. This is largely due to the extensive efforts to make it more ‘wildlife friendly’. The installation of large areas of reed beds and islands certainly makes it look more natural and welcoming.
A couple more from my Christmas Day walk; a Goldeneye and a Pochard. The Goldeneye’s do amazing dramatic displays with their heads to each other, whilst the Pochards’s keep disappearing under the water, diving to feed. I almost fell in the lake, trying to watch the visiting Goosanders lol, which were busy catching lots of tasty fish.
There continues to be good numbers of Mute Swans at Killingworth Lake. They are popular with visitors, many coming to feed them and interact more closely with them. Numbers have fallen over recent years, however over seventy are often present.