We had another good turn-out this morning, but the promised summer visitors and other bird migrants failed to materialise! Instead we had a good collection of resident birds - many posing nicely for us - and a Buzzard being mobbed by Lesser Black-backed Gulls was a highlight.

I counted 16 species (I stand to be corrected if necessary, Simon):

Buzzard
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Chaffinch
Goldfinch
Goldcrest
Robin
Dunnock
Blackbird
Feral Pigeon
Woodpigeon
Collared Dove
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Herring Gull
Wren
Magpie
Carrion Crow

The next walk will be 17th May - this might be the last for a few months as the birds tend to get quieter and less conspicuous from June onwards!

Thanks to all who turned up.

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Comment by Des Bowring on April 20, 2009 at 19:08
Thanks Simon.

Yes, Goldcrest was heard only, but most birdwatchers have to be content with 'heard only' records every now and again, especially in survey work - I can't remember the last time I actually saw a Grasshopper Warbler for instance even though it's always exciting to hear one!
Comment by Simon Randolph on April 20, 2009 at 13:44
I also saw a couple of house sparrows (which are not that common in the park!) And perhaps we should add that we only heard the rather secretive and elusive Goldcrest, somewhere up in the pines near the toilets.

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