Archive for October 11, 2013

A morning walk around the Tarn between the rain showers.

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The Canada x Greylag goose pair were present together with this years young one

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Apart from this there were only 2 other geese, a pair of Canada’s

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At the eastern end of the Tarn, a Grey Heron roosted in a tree

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Also at the eastern end , a Grey wagtail was busy on the mud and the bank but too far away for a photo.

Grey wagtail (This one seen in Canterbury)

Grey wagtail (This one seen in Canterbury)

In the garden a party of 6 Blue and 2 Great Tits visited for a while before moving on.

Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
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)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)

Colours of Autumn (1)

Posted: October 11, 2013 in Natural History
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Some pictures of autumnal colours taken at the Wetland centre yesterday

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Between 2 meetings, I managed to fit in a couple of hours at the London Wetlands Centre.

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It was predominantly a wet and windy day and most self-respecting birds were keeping themselves well away from view. Thus apart from the feeder area, the majority of bird activity was on the lakes. The usual array of waterbirds were present, but the Gargeney and Pintail seen earlier in the week appear to have moved on.

Coot

Coot

Teal

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The only other sightings of note were two species of woodpecker and a brief view of a peregrine.

On the way to the station in the morning I had seen the Sparrowhawk over the Tarn.

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Gadwall (Anas strepera)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Eurasian Teal [sp] (Anas crecca)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Peregrine Falcon [sp] (Falco peregrinus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Common Snipe [sp] (Gallinago gallinago)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Great Spotted Woodpecker [sp] (Dendrocopos major)
European Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
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)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)
Common Chaffinch [sp] (Fringilla coelebs)