Nothing Special But Still an Enjoyable Day

Another day in London and I started with an early morning walk in Osterley Park. No sign of the Little Owl in its usual tree but there were a couple of Parakeets here. I noticed on one of the London blogs they have been called Marmite Parakeets as you either love them or hate them. http://winowendyswildlifeworld.blogspot.co.uk/ . Moving on to the Ornamental Lake there were a few Mallard, a Heron and a Shoveler, also a flock of FeralIMG_6507 (1280x852) Pigeons on the bank. The wild lake had more Shoveler, Mandarin, some Tufted and Gadwall along with Great Crested and Little Grebe, Cormorant and some more herons. Six Egyptian Geese flew over as did a flock of around forty Goldfinches. Parakeets were all around with at least thirty counted. Nuthatch and Great-spotted woodpecker were heard and a green was seen in bounding flight across the lake. An Acer was giving a great display with its red leaves.IMG_6509 (1280x850)   Two Jays were noted as were a group of nine Mistle Thrushes on a newly ploughed field. Later in the morning my Mum and I went along to Richmond IMG_6512 (1280x852)Weir and Lock where we spent a pleasant hour watching the world go by. Although it is usually just the commoner birds seen here it is always very pleasant. Especially today as we sat out in the warm autumn sunshine. Highlights here were a Grey Wagtail, a Greater Black-backed GullIMG_6570 (1280x852) and a Cormorant that after posing with its wings out went fishing and caught and devoured a good-sized fish.

Also seen were some nicely coloured Feral Pigeons,

Tufted Ducks, Black-headed gulls, a few Egyptian Geese and a colour ringed Canada Goose.

Final sightings of the day were of some more Airbus 380’s both from the Lock and then from the garden of my Mum’s house.IMG_6632 (1280x852)

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