Well I thought today would be a wash-out, with overcast conditions and drizzle putting everyone, including me, off the idea of birding in the park. How wrong could I be? It turned out to be a classic walk! The list is as follows:

Great Spotted Woodpecker - 1 seen well near the children's play area. A rare visitor to the park.

Redwing - a flock of up to 20 seen in the trees and feeding on the ground - a good count

Starling - a mini-murmuration of up to 50 birds - a spectacular sight!

Goldcrest - one showed well in the bare branches

Blue Tit - 1 or 2

Great Tit - more heard than seen

Coal Tit - 1 singing as I entered the park

Long-tailed Tit - 5 or 6

Robin - 3 or 4 seen and heard

Carrion Crow - a few

Magpie - 2 or 3

House Sparrow - a little gaggle near the Starling tree

Blackbird - a few seen

Mistle Thrush - 2, presumable a pair, seen

Pied Wagtail - at least 1 seen on the paths

Herring Gull - at least 1 loafing around 'on the deck'

Woodpigeon - 2 or 3

Feral Pigeon - a few around

Goldfinch - quite good numbers mainly twittering away in the trees

Greenfinch - 2 finches evading identification turned out to be this species thanks to Jon photographing them

Great to see everyone and thanks for coming - see you next month!


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Comment by Des Bowring on January 17, 2016 at 14:59

Looks like its nictitating membrane or third eyelid which birds and reptiles share. Nice.

Comment by Jon Mortin on January 17, 2016 at 14:51

The woodpecker...its eye looks strange...maybe just blinking?

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