Saturday, 24 March 2012


Friday 23rd March, 0630, Pea Souper

An inauspicious start to proceedings this year. When I left New Cross Gate at 6 it was clear and bright; when I got to the ridge just before 6.30 -  total white-out. Somewhere around Brockley a huge bank of fog had descended. Bugger. With dreams of a long awaited urban Wheatear dashed for the time being I felt my way across the park to find the others. Eventually I bumped into Dave (literally) and we marvelled at the misfortune. Not much to do so we did a headcount on the ridge, visibility was <10m so some of these were just heard:

Dunnock, Robin, Carrion Crow, Wren, Blackcap (1), Green Woodpecker, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Song Thrush, Woodpigeon, Mallard, Chiffchaff (1), Long-tailed Tit

Singing Chiff and Blackcap were alright but you know it's gonna be a slow morning when 3 Mallard flying out of the murk are a highlight. Vis didn't improve so we stumbled down to the lake for a circuit:

Magpie, Jay, Feral Pigeon, Great Spotted Woodpecker (drumming), Mistle Thrush, Nuthatch (pair), Ring-necked Parakeet, Canada Goose (pair), Moorhen, Coot, Tufted duck (10), Shoveler (pair) No sign of the herons so far, any thoughts why this might be? 

So bit of a disappointing session but that's the way it goes. Stick around, it can only get better.

Feel free to submit any sightings to, all will be credited. We'd love to know what else is out there. Cheers.

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