Sunday, 19 April 2015

St Andrews Park

A quiet day in the park bird-wise, with the cool wind and low temperature possibly suppressing bird activity. There were some interesting moments, though. The full list as follows:
Robin - just 1 or 2 seen and heard

Blue Tit - a few heard and seen
Great Tit - 3 or 4 chiming away and seen feeding
Coal Tit - 1 seen visiting a garden feeder and then entering a nest cavity in a house opposite the park. Luckily, a member of our group lives in he house in question so the bird's protection is assured!
Carrion Crow - rather thin on the ground today
Magpie - just a couple seen
Woodpigeon - a few
Feral Pigeon - a few flying around
Dunnock - 1 heard singing near the pond
Blackbird - several seen and heard
Mistle Thrush - 2 birds at least seen, although the nest found by Simon recently appeared to be abandoned
Lesser Black-backed Gull - a few drifting overhead. Distant views of 2 Herring Gulls failed to qualify for inclusion in this list
Chaffinch - at least 1 singing and 1 or 2 seen
Goldfinch - several birds
Greenfinch - several birds singing
Wren - 1 or 2 heard singing
House Sparrow - several seen near the pond and also observed collecting nesting material from a mysterious grassy structure halfway up a tree near the café!
Collared Dove - 1 observed by at least 1 member of the group.

Earlier, I did my first BTO Breeding Bird Survey of the year around Montpelier, St Pauls and St Andrews. The best birds were a Grey Wagtail in Milverton Gardens and several Blackcaps. The full list is as follows:

Lesser Black-backed Gull 7    
Herring Gull 4    
Feral Pigeon 68    
Woodpigeon 21    
Collared Dove 6    
Magpie 5    
Jay 2    
Carrion Crow 6    
Blue Tit 10    
Great Tit 1    
Chiffchaff 1    
Blackcap 4    
Wren 6    
Blackbird 12    
Robin 10    
Dunnock 1    
House Sparrow 24    
Grey Wagtail 1    
Chaffinch 1    
Greenfinch 4    
Goldfinch 10 

Two other items - a Goldfinch was in the garden this morning and a Common Buzzard drifted over the top of St Andrews Road.

Spot the Buzzard!

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