BLAGDON LAKE BIRDS

Egyptian Goose



Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiaca (Linnaeus, 1766)

Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiaca (Linnaeus, 1766)

(Uncommon IR)

Egyptian Goose, Rainbow Point, Blagdon Lake © Nigel Milbourne, 2007

  1. One, not aged, May-late Sep. 1930 (D. Carr).
  2. Four, 2 adults & 2 immatures, 24th Feb. 1991 (D. Allward).
  3. One, not sexed or aged, 26th Jan. 1994.
  4. One, adult probable ♂, 30th Nov. to 16th Dec. 2007 (R.G. Palmer, N.R. Milbourne et al.).
  5. Five, adult & 4 juveniles, 2nd Oct. 2013 (N.R. Milbourne).
  6. One, adult, 19th July 2014 (N.R. Milbourne).
  7. Two, adults, 5th Jan. to 20th Aug. 2015 (N.R. Milbourne, S.E. Caola). Failed breeders?
  8. One, adult, 12th April to 20th Aug. 2015 (N.R. Milbourne, S.E. Caola).
  9. One, not aged, 4th Nov. 2015 (N.R. Milbourne).
  10. Two, adults, 5th Nov. 2015 (N.R. Milbourne).

Records discontinued after those given above, as birds were present on and off for much of 2015 and 2016, with a peak count of five on 28th Jan. 2016 (N.R. Milbourne).

This species has been a regular visitor to the lake since 2015 with failed breeding attempts probably made in 2015 & 2016 when one of the pair went missing for extended periods during each spring and the visible bird staying faithful to the Top End during the day or flying in to roost their each evening. The water level was too high to make a nest search on each occasion.

Bibliography (sources of information)

  1. Davis, A.H. (ed.) Avon Bird Report, 1991. Avon Ornithological Group.
  2. Davis, A.H. (ed.) Avon Bird Report, 1994. Avon Ornithological Group.
  3. Rose, Dr H.E. (ed.). Avon Bird Report, 2007. Avon Ornithological Group.

Updated 17 November, 2016