Birdwatching on the Rec

Never underestimate the common sparrow – she is a beautiful bird, and very clever –

Isn't she cute?

Isn’t she cute?

We walk around the Rec with our dogs nearly every day (holidays and times when it is too full of people excepted), and have done now since we had our first rescue dog.  (Morgan, a greyhound from the Dogs’ Trust, who came to us in 1997.)

Dog walking is an all-weather sport, but luckily so is bird watching.  I’m good at seeing birds – but my other half is really excellent at identifying them.  Birdwatching seems to be something that crosses all the traditional barriers of class, race, age and gender – so it’s ideal for our eclectic Eagle Rec.  Sadly I seem to be handicapped by my nationality: I grew up in a different country.  I really struggle to ID those SBBs (small brown birds) so the attached list is very much thanks to my husband and to other people who love to watch the birds on the Rec: Linda, Fergus, Tim are just a few. No doubt there are many others who watch the crows raise their broods, and startle when an unusual sea bird is blown in on a gale.

Here’s Andrew’s list:

Starling
Song Thrush
Mistle Thrush
Fieldfare
Redwing
Blackbird
Robin
Dunnock
Wren
Blackcap
Chiffchaff
Blue tit
Great tit
Long-tailed tit
Chaffinch
Green Finch
Goldfinch
Pied Wagtail
House Sparrow
Wood Pigeon
London Pigeon
Collared Dove
Sparrow Hawk
Carrion Crow
Magpie
Common Gull

(That’s 26 species of bird resident or regular in season on the Rec).
You would expect to see (and hear) in summer, the Green Woodpecker; the Willow Warbler and the Garden Warbler.  Has anyone seen them here?
also spotted (rarely):
Buzzard
Tern

We are just waiting for the Red Kites to arrive in a year or so, as they move gradually northwards.

Last autumn we were mesmerised by the huge flocks of starlings – the murmurations – that rose up every evening for a week or more, spectacularly turning and wheeling to avoid the sparrow hawk.

 

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5 Responses to “Birdwatching on the Rec”

  1. Andrew Says:

    Very nice! My list didn’t include mallard & moorhen which sometimes wander in from the canal & pay brief visits

  2. valkyrie1 Says:

    I looked up chiffchaff, as the name that most appealed to me. Lovely bird!

  3. Jean Says:

    Lovely post. I’ve really enjoyed your musings on the Eagle Rec.

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