Visit to London

It was off to London after work today to see my Mum. I resisted the temptation to have a look in at the Queen Mother Reservoir for a Red-necked Grebe. I have not been there before so didn’t know if it would be possible to view there. After a sandwich at Mums we went for  a walk in Osterley Park. As to be expected mid-afternoon it was fairly quiet. A noisy flock of Long-tailed Tits appeared along with a single Treecreeper. On the lake were Cormorant, Heron, Great-crested Grebe, Tufted Duck, Shoveler, Mallard, Coot, Moorhen and Black-headed Gulls. Also here was a female Goosander, which I later found out from the London sightings website was a first for the park. Heading back to the car-park we stopped at an area where Firecrests are sometimes seen. Several Goldcrest were seen but no Firecrest, also here were Nuthatch, Coal and Marsh Tit plus a small group of Redwing. I will also mention the large amount of my least favourite London bird, the noisy annoying Ring-necked Parakeets. So a pleasant walk on a lovely afternoon, nice to see the sun again. Just hoping it stays dry so I can divert of the motorway for a bit of Owl hunting on the way home.

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