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Thursday, 25 February 2016

Quayside bird walk

Wednesday 24 Feb 2016

We enjoyed George's morning bird walk and the sunshine yesterday.

Is it a bird ...? yes it is (a coal tit)

On our hour and a bit from Cricklepit Mill to the new flood relief scheme (see 'Joy of Exe' entry from 26 October 2015), Belle Isle Park and back, we saw (and / or heard):
house sparrow, feral pigeon, dunnock, mallard, moorhen, mute swans, black-headed gull, two sparrowhawks circling, carrion crow, cormorant, greater black-backed gull (pink legs), herring gull, redshank, pied wagtail, grey wagtail, linnet, raven, two grey herons, song thrush, collared dove, magpie, robin, blackbird, great tit, blue tit, long-tailed tit, wren, goldfinch, possible bullfinch, coal tit, and a final buzzard.

We came close to the record for this event, which is 31 species in the time and route available. We didn't spot this time dipper, kingfisher, little grebe, water pipit, little egret, lesser black-backed gull, starling, jackdaw, rook, chaffinch, or greenfinch, which have been seen on previous occasions.

George's weekly Wednesday morning introductory bird walks continue to 16 March - see events listings for more details.

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