Naturelog: Tuesday 20th October

Posted: October 20, 2015 in Birds, London, Natural History, UK


A chance to get out of the office for a morning and join the local RSPB group for a walk around Danson Park in Welling. This large park, once the grounds of Danson house, contains areas of woodland and open grass plus a large lake. We started off in the formal gardens where a number of common species were seen. A Nuthatch was found perched in a distant dead tree and a Wren was found skulking in the bushes. We then went onto to walk through the woodland. A number of Great Spotted Woodpeckers were seen and Green Woodpecker was heard together with Ring-necked Parrakeets – the post-breeding roost in the park has held up to 2000 birds I am told.

Ring-necked Parrakeet

Ring-necked Parrakeet

Our route took us along the stream which feeds into the lake and then alongside the lake itself. Brenda, one of the walk leaders, spotted a Water Rail sitting in the open preening itself where it remained for sometime giving everyone the opportunity to see it and photograph it.

Water Rail

Water Rail


Water Rail

Water Rail

The lake contained 5 species of Gull: Black-headed; Herring; Lesser Black-backed; Common and Yellow-legged. This was my first sighting of this latter species in the UK this year, Everyone on the walk got the opportunity to compare them side by side and to note the differences between them.

A not so common 'Common Gull'

A not so common ‘Common Gull’


Yellow-legged Gull

The uncommon ‘Yellow-legged Gull’

Also on the lake were the usual residents including Coots; Mallard; Great Crested and Little Grebes;Grey Heron and Cormorant together with a single Gadwall and 2 Teal.

Great Crested Grebe

Great Crested Grebe

Great Cormorant

Great Cormorant

As we walk alongside the lake we found a wintering Chiffchaff together with a party of Long-Tailed Tits.

An excellent couple of hours birdwatching with 44 species seen by me.

Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca)
Gadwall (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Eurasian Teal [sp] (Anas crecca)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Water Rail [sp] (Rallus aquaticus)
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)
Yellow-legged Gull [sp] (Larus michahellis)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri)
Great Spotted Woodpecker [sp] (Dendrocopos major)
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)
Long-tailed Tit [sp] (Aegithalos caudatus)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
Eurasian Wren [sp] (Troglodytes troglodytes)
Eurasian Nuthatch [sp] (Sitta europaea)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Mistle Thrush [sp] (Turdus viscivorus)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
Common Chaffinch [sp] (Fringilla coelebs)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

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