Thursday, 10 June 2010

Evening Birdsong Guided Walk

Twelve of us joined Chris McGaw (Rivers and People Project) for an excellent guided walk around Hilly Fields this evening.  At times the wind kept the birds quiet but we did hear and see 15 species:

Heard (but I didn't see)
  • Blue Tit
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • Great Tit
  • House Sparrow
  • Robin
  • Wren
Heard and seen
  • Blackbird (1)
  • Carrion Crow (2)
  • Chaffinch (1)
  • Goldfinch (1)
  • Magpie (5)
  • Mistle Thrush (2)
Seen (but I didn't hear)
  • Starling (7)
  • Woodpigeon (15)
  • Sparrowhawk (1)
Yes!  The Sparrowhawk is back.  At around 20:00 it flew from Vicars Hill direction along the rooftops of Cliffview Road.  It all happened too fast for a photo, but here's a couple I took earlier of a Mistle Thrush on a nearby tree and our party watching it.

Chris (8th from the left) will be taking more bird-oriented walks around the park in the future and I'll give notice of these events in this blog.

Saturday, 5 June 2010

Playground opens

Hardly a bird in the park today because it was the last day of Brockley Max and the new childrens' playground was opened by Sir Steve Bullock.  Here are a few photos I took of the opening ceremony and Rachel Mooney showing the plans to Sir Steve.