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Today I went to do the Winter Thrush Survey for November at Sutcliffe Park LNR and surrounding area.
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After the amount of activity during the patch survey last Friday I had expected more but apart from a few Blackbirds and a flock of 12 Starlings there was little Thrush activity in the area. One interesting sighting was a Mute Swan on the lake at Sutcliffe Park, my first record of this species here. It seemed quite tame and was coming to the people feeding the ducks so I presume it has relocated from one of the nearby Parks perhaps Greenwich. maybe we will get one on the Tarn – my only patch record for this species being a fly-over this year.

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Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Long-tailed Tit [sp] (Aegithalos caudatus)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)
White Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla alba)
Common Chaffinch [sp] (Fringilla coelebs)

After a morning appointment, I took the opportunity to complete this months BTO winter thrush survey visit to Sutcliffe Park Nature reserve and the surrounding area. The recent rains has led to a lot of flooding and so had to keep to the high ground above the river level.

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The mixture of rain showers and strong wind kept the number of birds observed low and the only survey birds recorded were a single starling in Sutcliffe Park and 2 parties of 14 and 6 starlings in the Westhorne Avenue area. I’m not terribly surprised at these results as although there have been some reasonable records of passage of winter thrushes from the London area this month, it is usually well into November or December, before I start seeing them ‘resident’ on my local patch. Some years, we even have to wait for the snows (most usually January time) until they turn up. One sign the winter is coming on was a flock of tits in the Westhorne Avenue area which consisted of around a dozen Long-tailed Tits and a smaller number of Blue Tits flitting from tree to tree along the roadside.

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Another pleasing observation, showing that summer was still trying to hang on, was a male and female Common Darter dragonflies egg laying in the main lake, no doubt taking advantage of the break in the wet weather which we have had for the last week or so.

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Back at home, had up to 6 Western Jackdaws in the garden – another sign that we are moving from summer towards winter.

Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
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)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Long-tailed Tit [sp] (Aegithalos caudatus)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)
Common Chaffinch [sp] (Fringilla coelebs)

Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum)

Spent the morning at Sutcliffe Park

Was pretty quiet bird-wise although I managed to get some photos of adult and Juvenile Little Grebe

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There were definitely fewer butterflies today with no Gatekeepers or Meadow Brown which were the most numerous species earlier in the summer. There were 6 Common Blues and a Holly Blue plus the usual Whites. There were 4 species of Dragonfly with at least 2 Migrant Hawkers present together with Common Blue Damselfly, Common Darter and an Emperor Dragonfly patrolling the Lake

Migrant Hawker

Migrant Hawker

Common Blue Damselfly

Common Blue Damselfly

Back at home a Sparrowhawk flew through the Garden but didn’t hang around and there were 2 Jackdaws (the second day running after a three month absence).

Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
European Herring Gull [sp] (Larus argentatus)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Western Jackdaw [sp] (Coloeus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Eurasian Wren [sp] (Troglodytes troglodytes)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Large White (Pieris brassicae)
Small White (Artogeia rapae)
Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus)
Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus)

Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum)
Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta)
Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator)
Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum)

Following a morning appointment I returned home via Sutcliffe Park LNR.

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As I arrived the clouds began to close in and although it was quite warm and muggy, a strong wind had begun to blow. Thsi was to be a bad sign as there was very little activity from Butterflies and I didnt see one Dragonfly during my visit, I had hoped to get some pictures but only managed to photograph this rather worn looking Gatekeeper.

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Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)

Large White (Pieris brassicae)
Small White (Artogeia rapae)
Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus)
Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina)
Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus)

After a morning appointment I stopped off at Sutcliffe Park LNR to do today’s Butterfly count.

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The predominant butterfly species were Meadow Brown and Small White, although a couple of sightings of Common Blue was the highlight. Dragonflies were also evident with 5+ Emperor Dragonflies present and 3 Common Darters.

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Meadow Brown

Male & Female Common Blue Butterflies
Common Blue Butterfly
Photo by Bart Busschots (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bbusschots/)

Common Darter

Common Darter

There were also some interesting birds with a Grey Wagtail on the edge of the Marsh area and an adult Little Grebe feeding one youngster on the Lake (up to 4 youngsters have been seen in the past week) so it seems that they have had a good breeding season here.

Grey Wagtail

Grey Wagtail

Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
European Herring Gull [sp] (Larus argentatus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Eurasian Reed Warbler [sp] (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)

Large White (Pieris brassicae)
Small White (Artogeia rapae)
Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus)
Small Tortoiseshell [sp] (Aglais urticae)
Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina)
Speckled Wood [sp] (Pararge aegeria)

Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator)
Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum)

At lunchtime found myself near Sutcliffe Park LNR so decided to drop in for a while to see if there were any migrants.

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The council seem to have done a lot of scrub clearance since I was last here and the marsh is much more open to view. Had my first sighting here of Common Snipe as one flew away across the marsh. There have been up to 5 reported here at anyone time over the last few months, but until now I’ve never managed to see one. As with other sites this week the resident populations of Blue Tits, Great Tits, Blackbirds and Robins are very active. The number of waterfowl on the pond has decreased since my last visit, as have the number of Black-headed Gulls. Other notable sightings were Wren and Grey Heron.

On the way up Eltham Hill, saw 2 House Sparrows in a garden tree.

In the evening went to RSPB meeting in Bromley to hear talk about Iceland’s Birds. On the way saw 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls on roof in Sundridge Park area. John Wyatt talk’s was beautifully illustrated with scenes of the rugged Icelandic countryside and its iconic birds including the Harlequin Duck and the white gulls – Iceland and Glaucous.

Iceland Haukadalur
Photo by Niklas Sjöblom (http://www.flickr.com/photos/taivasalla/)

Harlequin Duck
Harlequin Duck by Rick Leche (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rick_leche/)

Iceland Gull, Central Park Lake
Iceland Gull by Ed Gaillard (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ed_gaillard/)

Day list -24 species

Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Common Snipe [sp] (Gallinago gallinago)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Long-tailed Tit [sp] (Aegithalos caudatus)
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)
Common Chaffinch [sp] (Fringilla coelebs)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)