A good day for seeing birds

A three hour walk around Mercers Wood and along the riverside this morning ended with 47 species being noted.

It started well at the Mercer Street entrance to the wood when 2 Canada Geese flew low overhead, while at the wood’s edge was a female Great-spotted Woodpecker.

In the wood itself there were Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Robin, Starling, WrenHouse Sparrow, Dunnock, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, a single female Bullfinch, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, one Willow Warbler, Magpie, Carrion CrowJackdaw, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, and one Stock Dove.

On the riverbank were added Mallard, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, several Swallows, and two Whitethroats.

Towards the Morton end of the Riverbank a Cuckoo was heard calling, and a Kingfisher darted across the path and over the river. Also several more Whitethroats, a Sedge Warbler, a Reed Warbler, both singing away, a lovely male Bullfinch, several Greenfinches, and a pair of Linnets (1 male, 1 female). 

Beyond Morton there were more Whitethroats, two more Sedge Warblers, another Reed Warbler, a pair of Reed Buntings (1 male, 1 female), a Tree Sparrow, a Pied Wagtail, several Skylarks, several Rooks, a Mistle Thrush, two Lapwings, three Stock Doves, a Pheasant, two Grey Partridges, and three Red-legged Partridges. Also heard calling was another Cuckoo and a Yellowhammer.

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