Although the chilly, overcast weather suggested winter was unwilling to relinquish its grip, there were thankfully a few signs of spring. The full list is as follows:

Redwing - about 40 counted. A remarkable count for a small urban park.

Starling - at least 20 seen, often associating with the thrushes

Mistle Thrush - we wondered if there might be 2 pairs in the park and that one individual might have been prospecting for a nest site

Goldcrest - 1 individual seen well as it fed in a pine tree near the war memorial

Goldfinch - several birds seen and heard, some possibly pairing up

Chaffinch - 1 or 2 seen

Greenfinch - a bit thin on the ground today - just 2 or 3 seen

Robin - plenty seen and/or heard

Blackbird - a few seen but no song heard

Magpie -  several, including nest-building individuals

Blue Tit - 1 or 2

Great Tit - a few seen and heard

Coal Tit - a couple of birds seen

Lesser Black-backed Gull - 1 or 2

Herring Gull - 1 feeding near the children's play area

Chiffchaff - one heard calling and seen briefly in trees at the pond. Could have been a new arrival or an overwintering bird

Blackcap - 2 individuals heard singing. Almost certainly overwintering birds 'tuning up'

Feral Pigeon - the usual gang, mainly near the café

Woodpigeon - several around

Collared Dove - one heard singing near the toilets

House Sparrow - several seen. This species seems to be having a bit of a revival I'm glad to say

Long-tailed Tit - brief views of 1 or 2 birds near the bowling green

Carrion Crow - several birds, including evidence of nest-building

Dunnock - a couple seen by Lois

Pied Wagtail - flight call heard and 1 had been seen earlier by Lois

Thanks to all who turned up - see you next month!


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