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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)

Decide that today I am going to catch up with all my local dragonfly and butterfly survey work for June. My first stop is Eltham Park, Shepherdleas Woods and Oxleas meadows which is a new site I have been asked to monitor this summer. These 3 different habitats are connected and run from south to north. Eltham Park also has a pond in it so there is the possibility of some dragonflies on the site.

Eltham Park

Eltham Park

Pond - Eltham Park

Pond – Eltham Park

Shepherdleas Woods

Shepherdleas Woods


The Park has plenty of butterflies almost all of them Meadow Browns, but this bodes well for other species later in the summer.

Meadow Brown

Meadow Brown

Meadow Brown

Meadow Brown

The Pond unfortunately shows no sign of dragonflies, perhaps because there is quite heavy tree cover which restricts the sunny warm places at its edge. No butterflies seen in the wood but Oxleas meadows turns up a treat with 5 Small Tortoiseshells and 2 Red Admirals all very keen to have their photos taken. In the end I had to stop myself taking photos as they just sat there.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Small Tortoiseshell

Small Tortoiseshell

A bright sunny morning and decide to take a walk in Eltham Park and Oxleas Meadows.

Treescape
Photo by Les Chatfield (https://www.flickr.com/photos/elsie/)

Oxleas meadows
Photo by Maureen Barlin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/maureen_barlin/)

This is an area of woodland and open grassland and forms part of the woodlands and heaths that form the major natural habitat in South East London.

There were good numbers of common bird species were present the highlight of which was my first local sightings of Common Swift this year as two wheeled overhead.

Common Swift (Apus apus)
Photo by Ian White (https://www.flickr.com/photos/ian_white/)

Back home the afternoon sunshine produced Large White and Brimstone butterflies.

Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
European Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
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)
Eurasian Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Eurasian Nuthatch [sp] (Sitta europaea)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
Dunnock [sp] (Prunella modularis)
Common Chaffinch [sp] (Fringilla coelebs)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Large White (Pieris brassicae)
Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni)