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A new year and a trip up to central London affords me the chance to spend an hour in Hyde Park. Starting at Lancaster Gate, I soon find a Redwing amongst the Blackbirds in the trees. On the Serpentine, there is the usual assortment of water birds whilst in the lakeside vegetation, Grey Squirrels and Ring-necked Parrakeets are taking advantage of the tourists offering food.

Grey Squirrel

Checking the Little Owl tree on the eastern side, there is no one at home. This used to be a reliable site but haven’t seen an owl here on my last 3 visits. Reaching the bridge I cross over to the western side and begin to trace my way north again.

Egyptian Goose
Great Cormorant

Once again, the Little Owl tree on this side turns up trumps as the owl is sunning itself in the entrance to the hole.

Continuing north I come to the leaf yard. This is a favourite bird feeding place for visitors and amongst the Parakeets, pigeons and squirrels there are a number of Great Tits and Blue Tits.

Great Tit

Also seen are a Coal Tit and a Wren skulking in the undergrowth.

Wren

My final point of call is the Italian Garden, where a Red-Crested Pochard has been seen recently. A smart looking bird, this is probably an escapee from one of the central London bird collections.

Red-Crested Pochard

Then its time to move onto my appointment, but a very good hour with some nice birds.

Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca)
Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata)
Gadwall [sp] (Mareca strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
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)
Mew Gull (Common) [group] (Larus canus canus/heinei)
European Herring Gull [sp] (Larus argentatus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Rock Dove (Feral) (Columba livia ‘feral’)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Little Owl [sp] (Athene noctua)
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)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Eurasian Wren [sp] (Troglodytes troglodytes)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)

Our journey has come to an end for another year and so we begin our journey back to London. But we have one last stop, for lunch, at the RSPB reserve at Lakenheath, on the Norfolk/Suffolk border.

This once was once agricultural land where carrots were farmed but has been returned to the original fen habitat by the RSPB over a number of years. The highlight of our visit were a number of excellent views of Eurasian Hobby as they hunted over the fens.

Pheasant (left), Great Tit (top right) and Little Egret (bottom right)

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca)
Common Pheasant [sp] (Phasianus colchicus)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Stock Dove [sp] (Columba oenas)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kestrel [sp] (Falco tinnunculus)
Eurasian Hobby [sp] (Falco subbuteo)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Marsh Tit [sp] (Poecile palustris)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Cetti’s Warbler [sp] (Cettia cetti)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Common Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

 

 

Some more pictures from our Northumbria trip

Bullfinch

Bullfinch

 

Goldfinch

Goldfinch

 

Great Tit

Great Tit

 

Common Tern

Common Tern

 

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Great Spotted Woodpecker

 

Great Tit

Great Tit

Some more pictures from the visit to Hyde Park and Regents Park last Thursday.

Red Crested Pochard

Red Crested Pochard

Ring necked Parakeet - 'If you think this cage is going to keep me from the nuts!'

Ring necked Parakeet – ‘If you think this cage is going to keep me from the nuts!’

Great Tits

Great Tits

Common Pochard

Common Pochard

Shoveler

Shoveler

The garden has been very quiet of late. The birds have been recovering from the breeding season and moulting their feathers so have tended to keep well hidden. The feeder station has been all-but deserted. However today there seems to be a lot more activity with Robin, Blue Tit, Dunnock and Great Tit all visiting the feeders. The Nuthatch was seen in his/her favourite trees and later one paid a brief visit to the feeders. There have also been parties of Goldfinches and Ring-necked Parakeets in the trees and a Greater Spotted Woodpecker flew through the garden in the morning.

Dunnock

Dunnock

Robin

Robin

Great Tit

Great Tit

Blue Tit

Blue Tit

Ring Necked Parakeet

Ring Necked Parakeet

 

A Red Fox spent some time in the afternoon nosing around the borders looking for food

Red Fox

Red Fox

Red Fox

Red Fox

Red Fox

Red Fox

A late Speckled Wood butterfly was a first record this year for the garden and a Migrant Hawker has been zooming round the trees

Speckled Wood

Speckled Wood

Sue and I were down in Somerset for the weekend for a family party. Apart from birding on the journey we did manage to spend an hour at the RSPB reserve at Swell Wood on Sunday morning. This was the first time I had visited this reserve which contains the largest Heronry in the South West England. There were no Little Egrets to be seen although they too have begun to share the heronry. I understand they dont start to return to the nests till some weeks after the Grey Herons arrive back.

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Apart from the Heronry the Wood was fairly quiet due to the cold, wet windy weather but the feeder station attracted a large number of Blue and Great Tits plus Common Chaffinches on the ground.

Great Tit

Great Tit

Common Chaffinch

Common Chaffinch

The best birds of the morning were 2 Coal Tits which came to the feeders, although they never stayed long, just taking a peck and then flying back into the undergrowth.

Coal Tit

Coal Tit

On the return drive we spotted a Red Kite at Thruxton in Hampshire, showing how far south they have spread from the Cotswolds.

Common Pheasant [sp] (Phasianus colchicus)
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Red Kite [sp] (Milvus milvus)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Common Kestrel [sp] (Falco tinnunculus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Western Jackdaw [sp] (Coloeus monedula)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Coal Tit [sp] (Periparus ater)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
Common Chaffinch [sp] (Fringilla coelebs)

Great Tit

Posted: December 11, 2013 in Birds, Natural History
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Originally a woodland bird, the Great Tit has readily adapted to man-made habitats and is a frequent visitor to gardens and feeding stations. In winter it is often seen in flocks with other species of small birds as they roam around looking for sources of food. It is estimated that there is approx 2,5 million breeding pairs in the UK.

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Compare the Great Tit (in flight) with the smaller Blue Tit on the post.

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