A frozen Regents Park

Posted: January 22, 2013 in Birds, Natural History

Working at home in the morning. There is quite a bit of activity in the Garden. Unusual sighting as a Great Cormorant flies low over garden perhaps aiming for the Tarn. Not seen on Tarn from Court Rd when viewing on way to Rail station. Have a late afternoon meeting in Central London so decide to go in early and visit Regents Park. The Lake is frozen and birds are concentrated in a few areas of open water. Relatively quiet with few non-waterfowl to be found. No sign of water rail in reed-bed opposite boathouse café where it has been seen regularly recently.

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The Tarn
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos) 20
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo) 1
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus) 1
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra) 2
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) 1
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia) 15
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus) 3
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri) 4
Eurasian Jay [sp] (Garrulus glandarius) 1
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica) 1
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone) 1
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus) 1
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris) 1
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula) 3
Mistle Thrush [sp] (Turdus viscivorus) 1

Regents Park
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser) 39
Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis) 98
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) 6
Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca) 2
Gadwall (Anas strepera) 6
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos) 15
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 4
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina) 12
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) 50
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea) 14
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra) 106
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) c.250
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus) 2
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia) c.220
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus) 5
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri) 6
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone) 11
Long-tailed Tit [sp] (Aegithalos caudatus) 2

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