29th January 2012 - London Wetland Centre

This was the first trip of the year to the London Wetland Centre for us, which was unusual as we meant to head there earlier in the year - on the 1st!  It's one of our favourite haunts and we got a solid list, with one new bird for the year which was pretty much guaranteed there!  There was a very excitable Grey Heron we spotted flying over us about 8 times during the day, maybe he was making a survey of the site...  We looked for the resident Peregrine on Charing Cross Hospital and he was kindly perched there, which made the first for the year. 

As we only have a balcony (that despite having a bird feeder on it for 18 months, has seen no action), we took advantage of a trip up to Buckinghamshire to see Stuart's mummy to take an hour to take part in the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch.  She'd had Lesser Redpoll during the day, but of course they flew off the moment they spotted us driving away, so unfortunately that wasn't a lifer for the day!  45 minutes in, we'd only had visits from a Robin and a lovely Great Spotted Woodpecker.  It picked up a bit in the last quarter of an hour though, with Magpie, Blackbird, Coal Tit, Collared Dove, Blue Tit, Dunnock and Great Tit all popping by!



WWT London
Big Garden Birdwatch
1
Grey Heron
Robin
2
Moorhen
Greater Spotted Woodpecker
3
Coot
Magpie
4
Mallard
Blackbird
5
Starling
Coal Tit
6
Parakeet
Collared Dove
7
Robin
Blue Tit
8
Lapwing
Dunnock
9
Jackdaw
Great Tit
10
Carrion Crow

11
Mute Swan

12
Shoveler

13
Tufted Duck

14
Black-headed Gull

15
Teal

16
Canada Goose

17
Cormorant

18
Great Tit

19
Blue Tit

20
Blackbird

21
Magpie

22
Long-tailed Tit

23
Peregrine

24
Water Rail

25
Pied Wagtail

26
Herring Gull

27
Lesser Black-backed Gull

28
Wigeon

29
Greylag Goose

30
Gadwall

31
Pintail

32
Shelduck

33
Great Crested Grebe

34
Chaffinch


My year list for 2012 comes to 87.

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