Sunday, 17 April 2016

St Andrews Park

A beautiful sunny morning in the park and some suitably spring-like bird activity observed! The full list as follows:
Mistle Thrush - a nest was located (see Simon's photo) and at least one youngster was seen. Parent birds nearby. Excellent stuff!
Coal Tit - 1 in song
Blue Tit - a few heard and seen
Great Tit - several heard
Wren - heard several times
Robin - 1 or 2
Blackbird - several birds seen
Magpie - 1 or 2
Carrion Crow - a few
Goldfinch - still lots of birds singing from the trees
Collared Dove - 1 or 2 heard
Woodpigeon - a few
House Sparrow - a few around mainly in adjacent gardens
Jay - we watched a couple behind the pond trying to collect nesting material by breaking off twigs

Mistle Thrush and nest
 There was a mystery fish in the pond - looked a bit like a stickleback! Also a couple of Speckled Wood butterflies in the park - my first of the year.
Speckled Wood
Today I did my BTO Breeding Bird Survey around the patch and the numbers of each species are shown below. Notable are the Willow Warblers, with 3 singing in Montpelier Park and another at Albany Green!
 Lesser Black-backed Gull 5
Herring Gull 1
Feral Pigeon 14
Woodpigeon 12
Collared Dove 6
Magpie 2
Carrion Crow 6
Blue Tit 4
Great Tit 7
Coal Tit 2
Willow Warbler 4
Blackcap 1
Wren 6
Starling 1
Blackbird 13
Robin 5
Dunnock 6
House Sparrow 15
Goldfinch 7

At the top of St Andrews Road there was a Gwynne's Mining Bee Andrena bicolor basking on a leaf. I think it's the first I've ever seen, so a new record for the patch.
Andrena bicolor


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