Archive for November 26, 2013

Naturelog: Tuesday 26th November

Posted: November 26, 2013 in Birds, Natural History
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Working at home today so able to see two unusual visitors to the garden. Eurasian Treecreeper is an uncommon bird in the garden (This being the third garden record this year). They always frequent the same part of the garden, indeed the same 2 or 3 trees so I wonder if we are on the edge of their territory and they only feed here from time to time.

Treecreeper
Photo by Sergey Yeliseev (http://www.flickr.com/photos/yeliseev/)

Treecreeper
Photo by Sergey Yeliseev (http://www.flickr.com/photos/yeliseev/)

The second pleasing sighting was a first for the garden – Pied Wagtail. They used to be fairly regular on the patch from the area to the West of the Tarn around Mottingham Station but seemed not to have been present this year so it was great to see one getting up to the Northern end of the patch and spending a little while in our garden.

Pied wagtail
Photo by David Quick (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidquick/)

Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Eurasian Treecreeper [sp] (Certhia familiaris)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)

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Today I went to do the Winter Thrush Survey for November at Sutcliffe Park LNR and surrounding area.
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After the amount of activity during the patch survey last Friday I had expected more but apart from a few Blackbirds and a flock of 12 Starlings there was little Thrush activity in the area. One interesting sighting was a Mute Swan on the lake at Sutcliffe Park, my first record of this species here. It seemed quite tame and was coming to the people feeding the ducks so I presume it has relocated from one of the nearby Parks perhaps Greenwich. maybe we will get one on the Tarn – my only patch record for this species being a fly-over this year.

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Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
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)
White Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla alba)
Common Chaffinch [sp] (Fringilla coelebs)