Naturelog: Thursday 5th Febraury

Posted: February 6, 2015 in Birds, Natural History
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The morning started well with a pair of Song Thrushes in the garden. Thrush species other than Blackbird are winter visitors to the garden but with the mild weather we have had this winter they have been absent until now.

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After a morning meeting I dropped into East India Dock Nature reserve. The nature reserve is the original entrance basin from the Thames into the East India dock complex (now all redeveloped as housing). There were good numbers of Eurasian Teal, Shelduck, Great Cormorant and Tufted Duck which are all common here. Still a pleasant place to spend an hour at lunchtime.

Coot

Coot

Eurasian Teal

Eurasian Teal

Shelduck

Shelduck

Cormorants

Cormorants

These little nature reserves provide an oasis of peace, beauty and tranquillity in the midst of the bustle of city life.

Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Eurasian Teal [sp] (Anas crecca)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull [sp] (Larus canus)
European Herring Gull [sp] (Larus argentatus)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri)
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)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Song Thrush [sp] (Turdus philomelos)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)
Dunnock [sp] (Prunella modularis)

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