It might have been the weather or just bad luck but the bird list for today is the lowest in the illustrious history of St Andrews Park bird walks. Never mind, we did make the most of what the park has to offer in broader wildlife terms including some interesting Ash galls pointed out by Jo and Simon. These are caused by the eriophyid mite Aceria fraxinivorus which is apparently very common. We also saw Grey Squirrels and a Common Carder Bee. The bird list is as follows:


Magpie - quite a few around

Blue Tit - in mixed tit flocks

Great Tit - heard and seen well

Coal Tit - I reckon at least 3 birds

Long-tailed Tit - 1 heard very briefly

Blackbird - 4 or 5 birds, some showing signs of moult

Mistle Thrush - one showed well at the top of a tree

Carrion Crow - several birds seen and heard

Robin - a good showing for this species as they set up their autumn territories

Goldfinch - small groups occasionally flying over

Woodpigeon - several birds feeding on the grass or sitting in trees

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