Tuesday, 24 December 2013

And the bird of the year award goes to...

After a brief discussion in the pub last week, the vote was unanimous:

Long-tailed Duck, Peckham Rye Park, June 3rd 2013 
The Dulwich/Peckham borders may not be a mecca for sexy migrants or indeed, brimming with resident birds of note, but in its patchwork of gardens and parks and the spaces where nature is allowed to flourish, there are still the happy surprises of feathered visitors and familiar hangers-on. Of the former, the Peckham Long-tailed Duck is the undoubted victor and her short visit to a murky puddle in Peckham has already passed into local folklore.

Gavin's ace Pied Flycatcher in April was enjoyed by many as was an insane flock of Willow warblers. Tawny and Little owls were still around and 'the winter of firecrests' at Sydenham Hill Wood's looks set to continue this year. Martin phoned in a late request for Pied Wagtail, but the jury had already decided. Lets hope for more of the same in 2014, that migrant birds return in number and our resident birds continue to have a place to thrive.

For whatever reason, things went a bit quiet for us in the 2nd half of 2013 but we hope to be able to get things going again next year. Until then, thanks for reading and have a very Happy Christmas...cheers

Words/photos (PB)

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