Naturelog: Monday 24th February

Posted: February 25, 2014 in Birds, Natural History
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A lovely sunny morning and a chance to get out and catch up with the winter Thrush survey for the area. The number of Redwing have been noticeably lower over the past few weeks although I had a party of 6 just outside the garden one day a couple of weeks ago but this was the only sighting for the last 3 or 4 weeks,

My walk took me up past Eltham Palace and down King Johns Walk.


The sun was shining and the birds were busy advertising their territories from the tree tops. Dunnock, House sparrow and lots of Robins were singing their hearts out and together with the warm sunny weather (a rarity here in recent months) it really made me feel that Spring was on its way.

From King John’s walk I went to the Tarn and then onto Fairy Hill, where more evidence of the recent storms was visible.


Ring-necked Parakeet

Ring-necked Parakeet

Greylag goose, apparently asleep. In fact it was keeping its eye firmly on me as I went past

Greylag goose, apparently asleep. In fact it was keeping its eye firmly on me as I went past

The Spring flowers in both these places were begining to show and bring their vibrant colours to the view.


As for the Thrushes, there were good numbers of Blackbirds and a few Starlings. The only Redwing was alone bird I found was in the garden when I got back from the survey.

In the evening (about 1730) as I waited for the train to go into central London I counted around 350 Ring-necked Parakeets in 10 minutes flying towards the roost at Hither Green.

Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata)
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)
European Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
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)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
Dunnock [sp] (Prunella modularis)
Pied Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla alba)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)

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