Thursday, 21 August 2008

The month ahead: Nonsuch Park in September

The attention at the park turns from young Kestrels to large numbers of Jays with peak counts of around 30 (total of nearly 100 sightings in the few visits I've made in this month). Autumn migration is still in full swing and you have a very good chance of gripping me off with a potential Nonsuch lifer for me! Kestrels are still around but more wary. Gulls start improving with records of settled Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gulls rising in number. There's a chance that someone will find a Yellow-legged or Mediterranean one of these days. The prime area for Gulls is the playing fields at Cheam Park.

Below is a list of the 36 species of birds you may come across in September based on my records. The number is the difficulty to see each species (1 is hardest, 5 is easiest)

Black-headed Gull (5)
Blackbird (4)
Blackcap (1)
Blue Tit (2)
Carrion Crow (5)
Chiffchaff (2)
Coal Tit (2)
Dunnock (1)
Feral Pigeon (2)
Goldcrest (2)
Goldfinch (3)
Great Spotted Woodpecker (4)
Great Tit (4)
Green Woodpecker (3)
Greenfinch (2)
Grey Heron (1)
Herring Gull (2)
Hobby (1)
House Martin (1)
Jackdaw (4)
Jay (5)
Kestrel (4)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (1)
Long-tailed Tit (1)
Magpie (5)
Mistle Thrush (1)
Nuthatch (3)
Ring-necked Parakeet (5)
Robin (2)
Song Thrush (1)
Sparrowhawk (1)
Starling (4)
Stock Dove (2)
Wheatear (1)
Woodpigeon (5)
Wren (2)

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