Archive for May 16, 2013

Been busy over the last few days so have not had any time for nature watching but did see the first Common Swift that I have seen this year in the Eltham area this morning and later a pair of House Sparrows on the Mottingham estate. There has also been sightings of a single starling in the area of the Tarn over the past weeks and this morning whilst sitting at the traffic lights (I was the passenger not the driver) I observed the bird going into a hole in the wall at the side of a building so I presume it is nesting there.

I got some time this afternoon to watch the garden. Was rewarded with sighting of the female Greater Spotted Woodpecker out in the open on a tree. She stayed there long enough for me to get the camera and get some photos. Not the worlds best photos but I had to shoot them through a closed window for fear of spooking her if I opened it as she was very close to the house

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Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri)
Great Spotted Woodpecker [sp] (Dendrocopos major)
Eurasian Jay [sp] (Garrulus glandarius)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Eurasian Nuthatch [sp] (Sitta europaea)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)