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- n. Plural form of goosander.
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There is great competition among bird species to secure what are generally scarce habitats and nesting birds are often evicted by more dominant birds such as goosanders, goldeneye ducks or tawny owls, or by mammals like the pine marten.
Then a real surprise: a flock of five goosanders, a scarce winter visitor, flying low overhead.
We didn't see a lot today - a couple of goosanders, some teal, a distant flock of lapwing, a few curlews and yellowhammers.
As soon as the light began to fail I ceased firing and retrieved my birds, which numbered twenty-seven, including several varieties of fish ducks with serrated bills and, as I have subsequently learnt although then mistaking them for large divers, three goosanders.
Snipe are often seen by one of the shallower ponds, and occasionally such divers as goosanders appear and give an exhibition of fish-catching.
Sheldrakes and goosanders, coots and gulls, whifflers and dippers, made the best of Sunday, and bathed and wrote their winged penmanship on the white sheet of water.
They have already reported seeing species like dippers, goosanders, little egrets, snipe, cirl buntings and merlins.