Monday, 23 January 2012
Cassiobury Park (23rd January)
Went for a usual afternoon walk through the park between 14:00 and 15:00 during one of my free periods but still noted a moderate range of species. 4 Ring-necked Parakeets were seen in total with several more heard whilst 1 Herring Gull flew SE over the football pitch and 29+ Black-headed Gulls. Closer to the nature reserve, at the bottom of the park, 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker were heard calling and a Nuthatch flew past. One of the highlights was the sight of a Kingfisher perched on the ground before tacking the more usual stance of perching on the end of a branch over the Gade River. Inside the nature reserve a very approachable ♀ Goldcrest was flitting through the brambles whilst 6+ Redwing flew overhead. 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 3-4 Jays were of note near the hide and 1 Siskin and 1-2 Bullfinches were heard.