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Natural history notes – 19th April 2018

Dave Dawson's natural history notes for 19th April 2018:- Just one Black-headed gull left, so they have departed for their breeding areas. The importance of Ashen Grove Wood is shown by birds singing there and doubtless breeding: Blackcap, Blackbird, Blue tit, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Great tit, Mistle thrush, Robin, Song thrush, Wood pigeon, Wren and Stock [...]

2018-05-21T23:40:50+01:00May 21st, 2018|

Natural history notes – 21st March 2018

Dave Dawson's natural history notes for 21st March 2018:- Black-headed gulls have assumed their breeding plumage, with dark heads and are disputing amongst themselves in preparation for departure for the breeding grounds. The Common gulls seem to have gone already. Canada geese are departing to breed elsewhere. A patrol man with a border collie dog [...]

2018-05-21T23:39:46+01:00March 26th, 2018|

Natural history notes – 24th August 2017

Dave Dawson's natural history notes for 24th August 2017:- Most of the geese were out on the grass of the public park until the first dog walkers sent them off to the lake at around 08:40.

2017-11-04T20:16:21+01:00November 4th, 2017|

Natural history notes – 20th July 2017

Dave Dawson's natural history notes for 20th July 2017:- The Canada Goose moulting flock of 110 birds maintains the high numbers of recent years. There was a record July count of 85 Coots. The second highest was 80 in July 2014 in the lead up to the massive growth of Hornwort. Perhaps we’re heading for [...]

2017-08-04T22:37:22+01:00August 4th, 2017|

Natural history notes – 16th June 2017

Dave Dawson's natural history notes for 16th June 2017:- The 90 Canada Geese and 90 Greylags were leaving the grasslands for the lake in the early morning. The Canada Goose number reflects both the slow increase in numbers over the last 30 years and the seasonal pattern: in June they move back from scattered breeding [...]

2018-08-07T17:22:51+01:00June 20th, 2017|

Natural history notes – 29th May 2017

Dave Dawson's natural history notes for 29th May 2017:- Still no sign of any elvers in the brook. After a period of very low flow, the recent rain has the brook flowing well. Flowering there are Hemlock Water-dropwort, Watercress and Yellow-flag Iris. This year there is a co-ordinated study of goose breeding in the Wandle [...]

2017-06-20T16:29:57+01:00June 20th, 2017|

Natural history notes – 15th May 2017

Dave Dawson's natural history notes for 15th May 2017:- With bird breeding in full swing there was little song, but some early breeding species were singing between breeding attempts: Robin, Great Tit, House Sparrow and Woodpigeon. A few migrants were still singing: Blackcap and Chiffchaff. Two seed-eating residents that breed late were also singing: Chaffinch [...]

2017-06-20T16:27:02+01:00June 20th, 2017|

Natural history notes – 12th April 2017

Dave Dawson's natural history notes for 12th April 2017:- A few of the Mute Swans are defending territory, an uphill struggle as they are greatly outnumbered by the 35 odd sub-adult birds. Less song was heard as many birds were busy with nesting. The Wild Cherries in Horse Close Wood were in flower. Hawthorns had [...]

2018-08-07T17:22:51+01:00June 20th, 2017|

Natural history notes – 25th March 2017

Dave Dawson's natural history notes for 25th March 2017:- Many resident bird species were in song: Blackbird, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Greenfinch, House Sparrow, Mistle Thrush, Robin, Song Thrush, Woodpigeon, Wren and Stock Dove. Stock Doves have increased greatly in the park since their return as a breeding species in 2004. They are rather [...]

2017-06-20T16:20:20+01:00June 20th, 2017|

Natural history notes – 27th January 2017

Dave Dawson's natural history notes for 27th January 2017:- Much of the lake was covered in thin ice, but it could be that more significant freezing elsewhere brought in the 21 Shovellers seen on the lake, the highest January count since 2012. However, the 9 Gadwall on the lake seems to continue the great recent [...]

2017-06-20T16:12:34+01:00June 20th, 2017|