Naturelog: 23rd April

Posted: April 23, 2015 in Birds, London, Natural History, UK
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A morning walk in Eltham Park and Oxleas meadows was rather disappointing. It was bright but cool and fresh, so there was little chance of any early emerging butterflies venturing forth. The resident birds were singing forth with good numbers of Blackbirds; Wrens; Blue Tits and Great Tits, but no sign of any warblers. It still seems as though they are late coming in this year from their wintering grounds further south.

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The pond had Mallard, Canada Geese and Moorhens

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As I approached the northern end of the woodland path a Green Woodpecker was calling, unseen in the undergrowth and resident birds flitted amongst the trees. Too fast I am afraid to get pictures.

Oxleas Meadows was to proving disaapointing as my visit coincided with that of the grass cutter, which had no doubt disturbed any ground feeding birds.

Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
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)
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)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
Dunnock [sp] (Prunella modularis)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)

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