Posted by: atowhee | November 6, 2012


There was a moderately tame, but wild, dog in Kelsey Park this morning.

As soon as he was fed, he took this booty off to bury for future reference.

Black-headed Gull, not worried about depth of water below.

“Great” Spotted Woodpecker, only the size of a Dowy…but then Europe has a dearth of Woodpecker, just five species. There are more woodpecker species than that in my home county in southwest Oregon! We have at least seven species that are annually breeding birds and another that winters every year.

A leucistic European Coot. The only white on this bird would normally be its beak and surrounding soft tissue.

At what is this heron starin’ ? Gray Heron on his little brick island in a Kelsey Park pond.

This may be somebody;s lost domestic pigeon. Pigeon-breeding is still a widespread hobby here in England and flocks of white birds are occasionally seen overhead. This one was all alone in the park, not hanging out with his low-class sooty cousins.

The Ms…Magpie, Moorhen, Mandarins.

Kelsey Park, Beckenham, London, GB-ENG. Nov 6, 2012 9:30 AM. 23 species (+1 other taxa). Canada Goose 12
Egyptian Goose 1 this might be a feral bird, it was alone and I’ve not seen it here before but this species has now naturalized in southern England as it has in Frankfurt and other parts of mainland Europe.
Mandarin Duck 16
Mallard 125
Tufted Duck 60
Great Cormorant 1
Gray Heron 3
Eurasian Moorhen 25
Eurasian Coot 12
Black-headed Gull 75
Rock Pigeon (Domestic type) 50
Common Wood-Pigeon 35
Eurasian Collared-Dove 4
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
Rose-ringed Parakeet 16
Eurasian Magpie 3
Carrion Crow 40
Great Tit 5
Eurasian Blue Tit 1
Long-tailed Tit 10
Eurasian Wren 1
European Robin 3
Eurasian Blackbird 9
Dunnock 1


  1. Nesting: The great spotted woodpecker is one of the most adaptable woodpeckers and can live in various habitats as long as there are trees. They particularly favour oak and horn beam trees and are most common in woodland areas with these types of trees, as well as parks and gardens. They can even be found in the middle of cities providing there are tall trees. Great spotted woodpeckers nest in old trees, excavating a hole using their strong bills and lining the nest with wood chips. They lay a single brood of 4-7 glossy white eggs which they incubate for 10-13 days. Great spotted woodpeckers live for up to ten years and every year they excavate a new nest hole. This means they leave lots of potential nest sites for other hole nesting birds and animals.

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