Well, with overcast skies and a chilly easterly it felt more like November than April but the birds obviously knew it was spring as we saw some signs of nesting. The list is as follows:


Mistle Thrush - 1 singing and another seen carrying food so there must be a nest nearby. We didn't find it but it'll be worth keeping an eye on.


Blackbird - several birds seen


Robin - 1 or 2 seen and heard


Chaffinch - a female feeding on the ground near the Effingham Road entrance and a male 'fighting' with his own reflection in the wing mirror of the park-keeper's truck. The bird repeatedly hovered in front of the mirror pecking at it.


Greenfinch - 1 or 2 singing


Goldfinch - about half a dozen birds


Starling - just 1 bird seen


Wren - 1 singing near the play area


Woodpigeon - several including an individual building a nest


Collared Dove - 1 or 2


Magpie - a few including a nest-building pair near the pond


House Sparrow - a few birds seen


Lesser Black-backed Gull - 1 or 2 overhead


Herring Gull - at least 1 overhead


Carrion Crow - 2 or 3 including nestbuilding


Great Tit - a few singing


Blue Tit - 1 or 2 seen and heard


Long-tailed Tit - a few seen


Coal Tit - a pair were displaying in a tree near the top of the park as I left after the walk


Many thanks to those who turned up on such an unpromising morning - see you next month.

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