Saturday, 13 September 2008


3 hours from around 2:30pm to 5:30pm gave me the following highlights at the park:

1 Little Owl, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Nuthatch, c8 Green Woodpeckers, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, c3 Jackdaws, 1 Moorhen, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, c20 Ring-necked Parakeets.

Directions for anyone interested:

The Little Owl was in the thick young plantation adjacent to the gardens, near the mansion house.

The Kestrel was around the old oaks c200m north of the mansion house along the main concrete path.

The Sparrowhawk flew over the Cheam end car park and appeared to settle in the woods.

The Nuthatch was heard calling near the ponds.

The Green Woodpeckers were as follows: 2 near Cheam end car park, 2 at the first no dogs area near the aviary, 1 at the edge of the woods, 2 at the old oaks c200m north of the mansion house, 1 at the second no dogs area near the south car park. Though some of these could involve the same birds.

The Goldcrest was heard singing around the edge of the gardens from a conifer.

The Coal Tit was calling around the Cheam end car park

The Lesser Black-backed Gull stayed for 3 minutes (4:33pm-4:36pm) at ND2, my 8th record for the site.

The Jackdaws flew over the old oaks c200m north of the mansion house.

The Moorhen was heard amongst the Reeds at the ponds.

The Great Spotted Woodpecker was heard calling from the area of scrub north of the ponds.

The Ring-necked Parakeets were all over the place.

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