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London Wetlands Centre

Posted: January 8, 2013 in Birds, Natural History
London wetland Centre

London Wetland Centre

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I know these arnt wild birds but they do look great

I know these arnt wild birds but they do look great

Today saw me at the London Wetlands Centre in search of a bitten. There were plenty of birds about as I walked through the south side of the reserve to the Peacock tower. From the tower there were good views of common snipe, teal and widgeon. The volunteer on duty said that the bitten was very elusive and that she had only seen it once this year and it had taken two hours to find it. Walking back to the centre via the lagoon path I encountered a large party of siskins and a smaller one of long tailed tits. One highlight was watching a ring necked parakeet at the feeder station. Given his size he was incredibly agile on the feeder. After having some lunch in the café, I walked out on the north side but apart from taking some pictures of birds in the collection did not add much of any significance. Unfortunately, Headley hide is closed for refurbishment and so it was not possible to view the reedbed from this side.

Species seen
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca)
Gadwall (Anas strepera)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Eurasian Teal [sp] (Anas crecca)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Common Snipe [sp] (Gallinago gallinago)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Western Jackdaw [sp] (Coloeus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Long-tailed Tit [sp] (Aegithalos caudatus)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
Common Chaffinch [sp] (Fringilla coelebs)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)