Posted by: atowhee | April 12, 2014

SATURDAY’S BIRDS

I have most of the easy-to-find urban birds but I did manage to add three more species to my trip list today:
Grey Heron, Long-tailed Tit (related to our Bushtit) and Goldcrest, one of two kinglet species found in Europe. I have yet to see a woodpecker or a cormorant or a falcon. Starting Monday we will be in Suffolk and in more rural habitats.
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Blackcap singing from a trretop, a melodious, full-throated song. Looks very much like a smaller version of the American Catbird.
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Brockwell Park, situated between Brixton and Herne Hill in south London.
CROW-LAWN Crow out for a stroll.

magsx4 There is a folk rhyme here that even my grand-daughters know: “Magpie”
“One is for sorrow
Two for joy
Three for a letter,
Four for a boy,
Five for a secret never to be told,
Six for silver,
Seven for gold.”

mstl-1 Mistle Thrush, larger than most New World thrushes, alover of grasslands.

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brkwell green Looking to the top of Brockweel Park across its lush greensward.

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gry-hern Grey Heron in Brockwell Park pond.

P1940449 Chiffchaff, looking much like an American Orange-crowned Warbler. The bird’s call can be characterized as “chiff…chaff…chiff…chaff.”

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Below: Goldcrest moving through the treetops.
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Brockwell Park, London, GB-ENG
Apr 12, 2014 8:15 AM. 19 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X
Gray Heron (Ardea cinerea) 1
Eurasian Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) X
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 7
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Domestic type)) 35
Common Wood-Pigeon (Columba palumbus) 20
Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri) 15
Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica) 8
Carrion Crow (Corvus corone) 60
Great Tit (Parus major) 2
Eurasian Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) 4
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus) 1
Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) 1
European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) X
Eurasian Blackbird (Turdus merula) 16
Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus) 3
Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) X
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 2

Dulwich Park, London, GB-ENG
Apr 12, 2014 3:00 PM. 19 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) X
Eurasian Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) X
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra) X
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Domestic type)) X
Common Wood-Pigeon (Columba palumbus) X
Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri) X
Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica) X
Carrion Crow (Corvus corone) X
Great Tit (Parus major) X
Eurasian Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) X
Eurasian Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) X
Goldcrest (Regulus regulus) 1
Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) 2
European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) X
Eurasian Blackbird (Turdus merula) X
Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) X


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