Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Passer erroneous

Christmas is out of the way so it's back to work for South London's finest...

Martin and Pete are kicking off the year by Footin' It around the area, stay tuned for more on that as they get desperate and end up walking 3 miles to see a Pied Wagtail...otherwise, business as usual:

Belair Park: Siskins in Alders (3rd) (MS/DC)

Brookmill Park: Blackbird (9), Wren (5), Robin (6), Blue Tit (6), Moorhen (8), Coot (1), Mallard (33), Little Grebe (1), Carrion Crow, Great Tit (3), Dunnock (1), Grey Wagtail (1), Goldcrest (5), Starling (2), Jay (1), Chaffinch (5), Kingfisher (1), Mandarin duck (1) (all 5th) (PB/LA)

REALLY GREAT PHOTO of a Kingfisher, Brookmill Park, Lewisham 5/1/13
Crystal Palace Park (inc. Lake): Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Wren, Dunnock (two males following a female by one of the Sphinxes), Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Redwing (flock of 20), Pied Wagtail, Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Crow, Magpie, Jay, Goldfinch, Greenfinch (female), Chaffinch (female), Woodpigeon, Starling, Cormorant (3 1w), Grey Heron, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Canada Goose, Moorhen, Coot, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Black Headed Gull, Herring Gull, Ring Necked Parakeet (5th) (DB)

Dulwich Park: m/f Teal on lake, 12 Redwing, 32 Goldfinch (5th) (MS) 

Nunhead Cemetery: Blackbird (17), Song Thrush (8 w/7 singing), Dunnock (4), Blue tit (15), Magpie, Carrion Crow, Robin (15), Ring-necked bastard (11), Long-tailed Tit (1), Wren (10), Goldcrest (4), Treecreeper (1), Greenfinch (6), Chaffinch (8), Great Tit (9), Goldfinch (16), Coal Tit (1), Jay (1) (PB/LA)

South Norwood Lake: Little Grebe, Mute Swan, Goldcrest (6th) (DB)

Sydenham Hill Wood: Blackbird, Great tit, Blue tit, Coal tit (vocal), Long-tailed tit, Ring necked paracoot, Stock Dove (notable), Woodpigeon, Mistle Thrush (pair), Song Thrush, Nuthatch (lots of trilling, 3 birds min.), Treecreeper, Wren, Robin, Carrion crow, Magpie, Jay (7th) (DG)

It's a tough call for Bird of the Week, but the pair of Teal that spent a day on Dulwich Park lake are narrowly pipped by the 'sparrow that never was'. A minor local twitch was on the cards for ooh, about 23 minutes, as we pondered a potential Tree Sparrow in our midst. Turned out to be a typo and its townie cousin instead, but that's ok - we love ALL sparrows.

A notable shift in bird behaviour has been apparent this week with many birds now beginning to sing and establish territories. It's interesting to see the sudden appearance of Song Thrush and Coal Tit particularly in the sightings - both regularly heard (if not seen) over the weekend. The change in two weeks is remarkable but birds are finely tuned to the minor changes taking place around us as spring approaches. That's a nice thought isn't it...

Happy New Year all - here's to a great year, good 'migging and maybe a South London special or two - a Pied Fly maybe? Or even another Cuckoo for Sydenham Hill Wood? Who knows...what's on your wish list for 2013?

Thank You: Lisa A, Doug B, Pete B, Dave C, Dan G, Martin S et al.

This blog is done by a friendly bunch of birders from South London who get out and about whenever they can. We really love our parks and green spaces and all those weeds coming through the cracks. We always love to hear about new sightings...or old ones...or wildly speculative ones, so feel free to drop us a line below. Or get in touch at southlondonbirds@gmail.com if you want to gossip, bitch or help us find a sodding Firecrest...Thanks!

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