Sunday, 21 December 2008

21 December 2008

On this grey and breezy day, I went to the Thames. On the way there I saw 3 black-headed gulls having a go at crows above the Thames Water buildings near Frank Banfield Park, where 3 magpies were very agitated. Sparrows were in their 'new' usual bush on the edge of the Park, and 1 in a private hedge on Distillery Road. On the same road, I spotted a flock of chaffinches, goldfinches, blue and great tits, with a goldcrest nearby.
Tide was high and I saw at least:
  • mallard: 88 (24+11+53)
  • tufted duck: 4
  • no teal
  • black-headed gull: 100+
  • common gull: 4
  • herring gull: 1 adult (its head white)
  • pied wagtail: 4 (1 stopped by Hammersmith Bridge, another flew by and the first one left, then an adult and juvenile dropped by)
  • grey wagtail
  • Canada goose: 2
  • moorhen: 2 (1 adult and a young)
  • magpie: 2 on the pontoon (not a common sight...)

Moorhen, black-headed gulls, magpie and cormorants, quite an eclectic mix...

More photos in the Thames Path album.

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