It was a quiet start to our monthly stroll round the park this morning and I did wonder if we'd see anything at all. However, we were later rewarded with superb views of sizeable Starling and finch flocks making it a spectacular end to this year's bird walks. The full list is as follows:
Starling - a notable and noisy influx of these birds, many no doubt arrivals from the continent.
Greenfinch - a good showing of 10+ birds
Goldfinch - I reckon up to 30 birds in the park
Chaffinch - 7 or 8 birds of both sexes feeding in the canopy
Blackbird - a veritable flock of up to 10 birds, some of which showed the dark bills associated with migrants of central European origin. Brief bursts of song also heard - unusual at this time of year.
Mistle Thrush - 2 rather antagonistic birds gave good views
Blue Tit - several seen feeding high in the canopy
Great Tit - odd birds heard calling
Coal Tit - 1 heard calling near the toilets
Wren - 1 gave good views as it sat on a fence near the bowling green
Robin - 2 or 3 birds singing and showing well
House Sparrow - a small group keeping well hidden in the shrubbery between the bowling green and the pond
Carrion Crow - several seen and heard
Magpie - 3 or 4 birds
Jay - 1 flew over near the toilets
Woodpigeon - 5 or 6 birds
Collared Dove - seemed particularly common today, with 6+ birds seen and heard
Pied Wagtail - 2 or 3 birds flying over or running along the paths
Herring Gull - 1 drifted over the park
Lesser Black-backed Gull - a couple flew over near the pond
Thanks to all who have supported the bird walks this year. The next walk will be on Sunday January 15th.
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