Naturelog: Thursday 16th January

Posted: January 17, 2014 in Birds, London, Natural History, UK
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The break in the stormy weather was holding and so I decided to go and visit some small sites that are reasonably local to home. The first stop is Great Bartlett Woods which is a lovely peaceful place, a remnant of the old woodlands which once covered this area of SE London. Amazingly though it is only a couple of hundred yards from Plumsted High St!

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Its a great peace of woodland, but the main reason for choosing it today is that a Firecrest (a rare but regular winter visitor) has been seen here earlier in the week. An hours watching does not locate it but I do get a good selection of woodland birds including a pair of Greater Spotted woodpeckers displaying with the male drumming.

On then to East India Dock. This is an old dock basin on the Thames which is mow managed as a tidal mudflat. There are good numbers of Shellduck plus Tufted, Mallard and Teal. A Sparrowhawk flies over but there is no sign of the Peregrines that use the O2 dome, on the opposite bank, as home.

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The final stop is Brookmill Park, along the River Ravensbourne, in Lewisham. This is the best site I know in SE London for Kingfisher and I am not disappointed as one flews down river almost as soon as I arrive. Immediately another bird catches my eye and a Grey Wagtail lands on the river’s edge before flying off again. The other bird that you can almost guarentee here is the resident drake Mandarin which today is on the River rather than the pond where I have seen it before.

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A good return for a few hours birdwatching. I had intended to visit the Tarn afterwards as I had noticed that the access gates were open the day before but when I arrived they were once again closed so not sure what is happening there [As I write this Friday morning, we have had a lot of heavy rain over night and I went past the Tarn first thing this morning and the flooding is even greater than it was before. One whole section is now under water so I am guessing it will some time before we will be allowed to gain access]

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Mew Gull [sp] (Larus canus)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Great Spotted Woodpecker [sp] (Dendrocopos major)
Eurasian Jay [sp] (Garrulus glandarius)
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)
Eurasian Wren [sp] (Troglodytes troglodytes)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
Mistle Thrush [sp] (Turdus viscivorus)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
White Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla alba)
Common Chaffinch [sp] (Fringilla coelebs)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

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