Tuesday, 19 November 2013

A Local Wander.

Yesterday I decided to take a look at the birdlife in our local Williamson Park and ended up giving the place a good three hours.

I have little idea of the history of the birds of this park, whether or not anyone regularly - or even occasionally - monitors the park these days I've no idea. Today I had about 20 sightings of Blackbird, but a phone conversation later with a birder having more experience than yours truly on such matters indicated in excess of 60 pairs of Blackbird recorded here in the 1980's.

Great-spotted Woodpecker Warren Baker 

I took notes of all other species I saw in the three hours which included, a Great-spotted Woodpecker, at least 4 Nuthatch, a 'few' Redwing, 2 Song ThrushMistle Thrush, Coal TitBlue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, a Goldcrest, Robin, Chaffinch, 6 Magpie, and a SparrowhawkThe biggest surprise was of a lone Little Grebe on the old Moor Hospital reservoir below Fenham Carr. 

Autumn In The Park. Pete Woodruff. 

Some excellent autumnal photo opportunities in the park at the moment....

Leaf Litter. Pete Woodruff.

....'clik the pik' and you can read the info board at the top too. Thanks for the female GSW Warren....Excellent.


Adam said...

ah the leaves of fall

Warren Baker said...

Distinct lack of Blackbirds on my patch at the moment Pete, may be due to the lack of hedgerow berries, those having been flailed to bits!

Brian Rafferty said...

Pete. A nice change for you with a ramble around Williamson Park.Good sightings too and a couple of lovely Autumnal shots from you camera.Take care.

Noushka said...

Good to see some of your own pics, Pete!
I hope the weather will improve for you in England!...
It has been quite dull here too, except for today!
Cheers and keep well!

ray said...

That Grebe has gripped me off !! Grrrrr.

Pete Woodruff said...

Adam/Warren/Brian/Noushka....hanks for looking in and making a comment.

Ray....Thanks also for looking in and making your comment....but think you need to see the doctor!