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Thursday, January 04, 2007

4th January

Goldfinches on feeder in area 24

Water Rail: Seemed to be more elusive today, only seen twice.
Egyptian Geese: The pair still present mainly in area 26.
Shoveler: 12 birds commuting between area 1 and 5.
Common Teal: 1 drake with the above birds on the main lake when flushed from area 1.
Gadwall: 10 birds on the main lake.
Ruddy Duck: 9 birds on the main lake.
Mandarin Duck: 14 birds hiding around the edges of the islands on the main lake.
Ring-necked Parakeet: 2 birds on feeders in area 24.
Goldfich: 8 birds on feeders in area 24 sometimes visiting areas 1 and 25. Posted by Picasa


Rose & Morg said...

Hi Tony
Good photo of the Goldfinches queing up for the feeder, especially when its magnified, they are such pretty birds.

Went to Kenwood yesterday and saw the local pair of Jackdaws having to protect their nesting hole from the R.N Parakeets. Also very few woodpeckers- only 1 G.Spotted seen and another heard but lots of noisy Parakeets. Demonstrating the point you made earlier in the week about the danger they pose to our native species.

Congratulations on the podium finish in the London Birder's patchlist competition for 2006. Only beaten by Rainham Marshes with all its additional habitat advantages with which Central London could never compete!

Debbie Pledge said...

Friday, 1.15pm. Water rail showing nicely along channel.
No parakeets in Area 24 feeders, but I'm sure I could hear them somwhere around the lake.
I saw a male Baikal teal under one of the blue bridges. I have never seen one here before. How long has it been part of the collection? Is there a female lurking somewhere? I hoped to see this duck in Regent's Park at some point (seen them at the Wetlands Centre).

Tony Duckett said...

Hi Rose.

I didn't know I had made the podium in the London Patch List Challenge. I haven't received a medal for all that hard work.
As I have mentioned before an inner city site can never compete with the so called outer London sites.

Hi Debbie.

There are Baikal Teal at both waterfowl sanctuaries of both sexes. The males sound like little dogs barking.