Naturelog: Thursday 19th (1)

Posted: March 20, 2015 in Birds, London, Natural History, UK
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Keith and I are in London to visit Lord’s cricket ground, but we stop off at Hyde Park on the way for a spot of birdwatching.

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First stop is to see if the Male Tawny Owl is on his usual roost tree but when we arrive he is not there and a search of the surrounding trees doesn’t find him.

Whilst we are looking for the Owl, Keith is buzzed by a Blue Tit and as we know that some people feed the birds here, we decide to give it try and are soon the centre of attention for a small group of Blue Tits and Great Tits.

Blue Tit

Blue Tit

Blue Tit

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Great Tit

A Jay comes to have a look but cant quite build up the courage to come close.

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Then down to the Serpentine to see if we can locate the male Scaup, which we had seen here in January and which has stayed around ever since. We soon find him in the middle of the Serpentine (The large lake which runs north to south and divides the park in two) and as he moves around we are able to get some photos. He is no longer in his 1st winter plumage as he was when we saw him a couple of months back but is in full adult plumage.

Scaup

Scaup

Scaup

Scaup

We get a close view of a drake Mandarin Duck in the same area. This exotic species was introduced into this country for ornament on the lakes of country houses but has escaped and now breeds in the wild.

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Then it is time for us to leave but a very enjoyable and profitable hour’s birdwatching.

Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca)
Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata)
Gadwall (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Greater Scaup [sp] (Aythya marila)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
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)
Eurasian Jay [sp] (Garrulus glandarius)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Western Jackdaw [sp] (Coloeus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Coal Tit [sp] (Periparus ater)
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)
Song Thrush [sp] (Turdus philomelos)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)

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