The rain held off and we had a good birdwatching session this morning. As we gathered, we were serenaded by a Mistle Thrush, but I would say the song was atypical for this species, sounding more Blackbird-like than usual. Another highlight was a Blackcap giving its 'tack' alarm call but I don't think any of us were able to see it among the dense vegetation near the bowls club. The full list is as follows:

 

Chaffinch - one or two feeding in the treetops

Goldfinch - several groups seen

Greenfinch - a singing male found by Simon was a welcome sight given their low numbers at present

Blackcap - one heard

Blackbird - several birds seen

Mistle Thrush - at least two including a singing male

Carrion Crow - one or two

Magpie - at least a couple seen

Jay - two near the Effingham Road entrance

Blue Tit - two or three feeding in the trees

Great Tit - one or two

Long-tailed Tit - one or two parties

Starling - several groups flying around the park

Dunnock - one heard calling and a singing bird near Somerville Road

Robin - three or four singing

Feral Pigeon - four flew over near the bowling club

Collared Dove - two or three

Woodpigeon - lots heard and seen

Pied Wagtail - one or two feeding on the paths

Herring Gull - one or two drifting over

Lesser Black-backed Gull - one flew over near the bowling club

 

Many thanks to all who came along. See you next month!

 

 

 

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