Monday, 20 April 2009

20 April 2009

I went to the Thames this morning. On my way there I heard a familiar sound I had not heard for a little while, lifted my head and saw a peregrine, probably a female, being harassed by a mob of crows. I unfortunately lost them behind buildings but I guess they chased it away.
Tide was going up and the shore was empty at Hammersmith Bridge apart from a few pigeons, and something I had never seen before: a magpie, collecting algae and mud, I guess as nesting material. I also saw a few more birds, fortunately, between there and Crabtree Wharf:
  • mallard: 16
  • Canada goose: 3 + 2 flying over
  • lesser black-backed gull: a pair
  • black headed gull:2
  • herring gull: about 7 of various ages
  • house martin: just the one
  • coot; 2
  • moorhen: 2
  • tufted duck: 8 males and 8 females
  • great crested grebe: 1 fishing, quite close to the path
  • house sparrow: at least 2 in the usual bush
  • parakeet: a pair being intimate on the pontoon
  • starling: one had twigs in its beak


  1. Hi Nathalie,
    Thanks so much for stopping by my Furry and Feathered Friends and leaving a comment... it's so nice to know that you also collect your cat's fur for the birds!
    Your photos are lovely!

  2. Hi Nan,
    So sorry, as you may have noticed I have neglected my blog this month, and have only noticed your comment... Thank you very much for the kind words, and I'll return them to you as I have very much enjoyed looking at your photos. Especially the chipmunks as we do not have them here :)