Naturelog: 6th January

A trip into the Dockland area of South London this morning. These docks dealt primarily with Timber and the dock names reflect the sources of the imports – Canada Dock, Russia Dock and Greenland Dock. Although the docks have long since been decommissioned this is still an area with potential for wildlife. My first stop is the Russia Dock Woodland. This is a park and woodland built on the infilled Russia Dock, traces of which can still be seen in the park.

I have not visited this site before but have been keen to see if I can see a Yellow-Browed warbler which has been present here for a couple of weeks now. The Yellow-browed Warbler is a small warbler which normally breeds in northern Asia and winters in Southern Asia but which has increasingly been wintering in small numbers in Western Europe. It is a fast-moving bird, which never seems to keep still as it flits from tree to tree.

Yellow-Browed Warbler
Photo by Sergey Yeliseev ( )

Waiting by its favourite location, it is only a matter of 20 minutes before it appears flitting through the trees and bushes before flying above me into a tree and then off to the other side and lost from view. I got a good view – well at least a good view as you usually get for a Yellow-browed Warbler as it continually moves from branch to branch.

From Russia dock, I move onto Canada Water. This is a remnant of the old Canada dock. There are a good number of Tufted Duck plus a single Great Crested Grebe, 3 Mute Swans and a flock of Black-headed Gulls in which is a single Common Gull and a couple of Herring Gulls.

On the way home I decide to do the weekly wildfowl count on the Tarn and find my first Greylag Geese of the year plus a single Little Grebe.


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