Despite the decidedly unpromising weather, several people were mad enough to join me in another walk round the park. The overcast, cool and drizzly conditions really seemed to suppress bird song and activity. The list is as follows:

Mistle Thrush - 2 or 3 birds seen

Blackbird - several, including a female gathering nesting material

Starling - 2 or 3

Goldcrest - 1 seen near the toilets

Goldfinch - 1 or 2 including a singing bird which showed well

Chaffinch - 3 or 4 birds around the park singing and calling

House Sparrow - heard and seen around adjacent houses

Great Tit - 1 near the toilets

Blue Tit - 1 or 2

Carrion Crow - several including one confiding individual showing melanistic brownish wing feathers

Magpie - 2 or 3

Woodpigeon - several including one near the pond gathering nesting material by pecking at tamarisk branches

Collared Dove - 1 or 2

Dunnock - at least 2

Robin - 2 or 3 singing

Wren - 1 or 2 singing

Lesser Black-backed Gull - a few drifting overhead

Thanks to all who braved the elements. See you in August!

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