Archive for April 9, 2013

First stop this morning was Well Hall Pleasaunce, a park in North Eltham.

Well Hall Pleasaunce

Well Hall Pleasaunce

Well Hall Pleasaunce

Well Hall Pleasaunce

The singing of Robins filled the air despite the wet weather and the Blackbirds were very active. Sightings of a single Song Thrush and Mistle Thrush were good as these species do not seem to be that common around here.

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Then onto Blackheath and a walk through the Dell (an area of scrub on the north side of the heath) which again produced Robins and Blackbirds together with a pair of Greenfinch.

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On into Greenwich Park and interesting to see that there were still good numbers of Fieldfare (5) and Redwing (6) in the deer enclosure, the latter tantalisingly close but not quite close for a photograph.

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4 Red Crested Pochard on the pond were a new sighting for me here, but like all such birds in London probably an escape from a wildfowl collection.

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On returning home I took the opportunity of the improved weather for a walk around the Tarn, but only found the usual residents. Still awaiting those spring migrants

Day list – 34 species
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca)
Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
European Herring Gull [sp] (Larus argentatus)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Stock Dove [sp] (Columba oenas)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri)
Eurasian Jay [sp] (Garrulus glandarius)
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)
Eurasian Wren [sp] (Troglodytes troglodytes)
Eurasian Nuthatch [sp] (Sitta europaea)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
Song Thrush [sp] (Turdus philomelos)
Mistle Thrush [sp] (Turdus viscivorus)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)
Common Chaffinch [sp] (Fringilla coelebs)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)

Dumbell Nebula

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The Dumbbell Nebula (also known as M 27, or NGC 6853) is a planetary nebula in the constellation Vulpecula, at a distance of about 1,360 light years from the Earth. Its central star, a white dwarf, is the largest white dwarf yet discovered.