Saturday morning and we were due to head off to London at around ten o’clock. With a bit of time spare I managed a bit of garden watching. All pics were taken through the window.
We set off along the M4 along with the regular Red Kites a Raven was a good sighting. Crossing the Jubilee River, Tufted Duck and Cormorant were noted. The main reason for the trip to London was that my daughter and her friend were going to the One Direction concert at the O2 Arena. Early afternoon saw us arrive in Docklands via the Underground and we spent some time at Canary Wharf and then had a ride on the Docklands Light Railway. Plenty more Tufties were seen along with Great-crested Grebe, Heron and many gulls. After dropping the girls at the Arena we went for a trip over the Thames on the Emirates Air Line Cable Car. A must do experience if you are in the area.
Then we walked along to the Pilot Inn, which is a great Fullers Pub http://www.pilotgreenwich.co.uk where we whiled away the time until the concert with a lovely meal, and for me three pints of excellent Chiswick Bitter. Definitely another highly recommended place to visit. We got back to my Mums house at a little past midnight. Leaving London late morning having, amazingly avoided hearing or seeing a Parakeet it was more Red Kites on the M4 and then home with a diversion to collect the dog from Kennels in Wootton Bassett. After a sandwich for lunch and a less than common Coal Tit sighting in the garden it was off for a dog walk at Coate Water. I decided to walk home while the others went back in the car. Plenty to be seen with Great-spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch and Marsh Tit in the trees. The long staying Great White Egret is still here as were just two Goosander. Not so many ducks around with Tufted being the most numerous along with a few Pochard and Teal. Very little of interest on the way home, just a couple of Buzzards plus Wren, Dunnock and Blackbird,