A New Year Begins

New Year was spent, as it was last year at my Mum’s house in London.I didn’t have too late a night as I wanted to be up before first light. A walk over in Osterley Park was the intention, with an early start so I could look for the as yet unseen by me, Barn Owl. I was in place by half-seven but as before it was not to be. Plenty seen though on what was a lovely but slightly chilly morning. With the  moon still fairly high in the sky and plenty of stars still to be seen. Several hundred Wood Pigeons and corvids were streaming away from their overnight roosts and many gulls were arriving to feed on the Brentford FC training ground which is next to the meadows. Two Green Woodpeckers were seen and Parakeets heard. Heading off into the park itself, two Great-spotted Woodpeckers were calling as was the first of several Nuthatches. Redwing, Song and Mistle Thrush were feeding in the large horse field. Moving on around the lake, several Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Cormorant and Herons were found along with a single Great-crested Grebe and a pair of Egyptian Geese. A single Goldcrest was seen and also three Jays. Final and best bird of the morning was a Little Owl sitting out in the sunshine. I headed back with a fair total of thirty-nine species. The rest of the day was spent cooking Sunday dinner and watching the planes flying into the nearby Heathrow Airport before heading home at five. Back to work tomorrow so no proper local birds for me until Friday afternoon.

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