Naturelog: Friday 13th November

Posted: November 16, 2015 in Birds, Natural History
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A chance for a day’s birdwatching and so Keith and I head off for the London wetland centre – Target species Bittern and Jack Snipe which have both been seen there recently. On arrival we make our way straight to the tower hide as this is the best place to see booth species. On the way we get a brief glimpse of a Chiffchaff, once a summer visitor but now more increasingly over-wintering. There are good numbers of wintering duck especially Wigeon and Shoveller on the grazing marsh.

Eurasian Wigeon

Eurasian Wigeon

We are soon grateful that we are in a hide as a heavy rain shower passes through.

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Good views are had of a group of Common Snipe on the grazing marsh but no sightings of either Bittern or Jack Snipe today.

Common Snipe

Common Snipe

 

We head off to the other side of the reserve seeing Teal and Gadwall on the way.

Gadwall

Gadwall

 

But things are relatively quiet here too and only a large flock of Shoveller are on the Northern Lake.

Northern Shoveller

Northern Shoveller

The light is now going and so we head back to the reserve centre but on the way Keith spots a  Green Woodpecker silhouetted against the setting sun.

Green Woodpecker

Green Woodpecker

As always a good days birdwatching even if our two target species eluded us this time

Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca)
Gadwall (Anas strepera)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Eurasian Teal [sp] (Anas crecca)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Common Snipe [sp] (Gallinago gallinago)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
European Herring Gull [sp] (Larus argentatus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri)
Great Spotted Woodpecker [sp] (Dendrocopos major)
European Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Cetti’s Warbler [sp] (Cettia cetti)
Long-tailed Tit [sp] (Aegithalos caudatus)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)
Dunnock [sp] (Prunella modularis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
Common Chaffinch [sp] (Fringilla coelebs)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

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