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Saturday, 1 January 2011

New Years Day bird-list (beyond a London garden)

New Years Day birding was mainly concentrated on the back garden and adjacent railway embankment of a relative's home in Kentish Town, London.

The embankment is tree-lined and also adjacent to Kentish Town City Farm who use the embankment as additional grazing for the small flock of sheep that are kept on site.

Birds recorded: chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs), greenfinch (Carduelis chloris), goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis), blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus), great tit (Parus major), long tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus), blackbird (Turdus merula), robin (Erithacus rubecula), dunnock (Prunella modularis), wood pigeon (Columba palumbus), carrion crow (Corvus corone), magpie (Pica pica), herring gull (Larus argentatus), black-headed gull (Larus ridibundus). Which I didn't think was a bad little haul for a west London location?

The briefest of walks to Hampstead Heath added a "drumming" great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major), green woodpecker (Picus viridis) and starling (Sturnus vulgaris) to the day's modest tally.

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