Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Kingsbury Water Park.

Great visit to Kingsbury Water Park today where there was plenty to see and do especially where juvenile birds were concerned. 

Being as juvenile birds took up most of the visit then that's a good place to start, all of the following were seen in large numbers, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Dunnock, Robin, Starling and House Martin, also seen but in lesser numbers were, Pied Wagtail, Blackbird and Carrion Crow, strangely the most notable were a pair of Carrion Crow who were being fed on the path by the parents, all I had to give them were suet pellets, they can't have fledged very long because they were still very noisy and defendant on the adults which was very evident because when I scattered the pellets on the floor they waited to be fed them rather than running over and grabbing them like corvids normally do. Waterfowl juveniles were as follows, Mute Swan Cygnet (8) one of which was a 'Polish' Mute Swan Cygnet which is an all white juvenile, I must confess I have never seen one before and had to google to find out exactly what it was, just a pity it was too far away to get a decent photo, Great Crested Grebe (4), Coot (23), Moorhen (1) and huge numbers of Mallard and Greylag Goose, there were c.150 Greylag Goose of varying ages which is by far the biggest number I've ever seen at this location.

Talking of large numbers of wildlife a large number of Rabbits were seen today but because of the changeable weather hardly any butterflies, but it was great to see large swathes of teasel and ragwort which is good news for Finches and Cinnabar Moths respectively.

Birds seen today, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Chiffchaff, Nuthatch, Dunnock, Wren, Robin, Starling, Green Woodpecker, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Woodpigeon, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Pied Wagtail, House Martin, Swallow, Common Tern, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe, Moorhen, Coot, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Greylag Goose and Canada Goose as well as the following juveniles, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Dunnock, Robin, Starling, Pied Wagtail, Blackbird, Carrion Crow, Cygnet, Great Crested Grebe, Coot, Moorhen, Mallard and Canada Goose.

I had also planned to see if the Sedge Warblers had successfully bred this year especially after huge sections of their habitat had been wantonly destroyed by the implementation of flood defences a couple of years ago but it was not to be as huge but fairly brief torrential downpour put paid to that plan.

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