Archive for May 16, 2014

A bright sunny morning and decide to take a walk in Eltham Park and Oxleas Meadows.

Treescape
Photo by Les Chatfield (https://www.flickr.com/photos/elsie/)

Oxleas meadows
Photo by Maureen Barlin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/maureen_barlin/)

This is an area of woodland and open grassland and forms part of the woodlands and heaths that form the major natural habitat in South East London.

There were good numbers of common bird species were present the highlight of which was my first local sightings of Common Swift this year as two wheeled overhead.

Common Swift (Apus apus)
Photo by Ian White (https://www.flickr.com/photos/ian_white/)

Back home the afternoon sunshine produced Large White and Brimstone butterflies.

Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
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 Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Eurasian Nuthatch [sp] (Sitta europaea)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
Dunnock [sp] (Prunella modularis)
Common Chaffinch [sp] (Fringilla coelebs)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Large White (Pieris brassicae)
Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni)