Archive for March 21, 2014

Decided to visit some of my local sites on the River Thames to see if there was any sign of migration. My first stop was East India Dock.

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The chances of seeing anything did not seem high as there was a very strong wind blowing down the river. This is an excellent local site for Shellduck and there were 6 present on this occasion. One male was being extremely aggressive and chasing all comers around the basin if they got too close. He almost drowned a poor Coot when he landed on top of him – The Shellduck is probably about 6 times the weight and size of a Coot but the Coot managed to extricate himself and escape. Apart from this there were small groups of Teal and Tufted Duck, but no waders. I learned later in the morning that a half hour before I arrived a Little Ringed Plover (a rare summer migrant and breeder in London) had been present on the islands.

Tufted Duck

Tufted Duck

Magpie

Magpie

Common Pigeon

Common Pigeon

On then to the Greenwich Peninsular and a visit to the Ecology Park. Like East India it seemed pretty quiet with only the resident birds present. There were no early butterflies to be seen probably because of the high wind and consequent cool temperatures. But great to hear all the bird song.

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Coot

Coot

Canada Goose

Canada Goose

Back home the Green Woodpecker could be heard calling. I haven’t seen him yet but he has been heard most days this week.

Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Eurasian Teal [sp] (Anas crecca)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Common Kestrel [sp] (Falco tinnunculus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
European Herring Gull [sp] (Larus argentatus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri)
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)
Eurasian Wren [sp] (Troglodytes troglodytes)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)
Dunnock [sp] (Prunella modularis)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

White-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lucorum)