Tuesday, 1 October 2013

A Stroll Around Hyde Park

After a very hectic few days in London (went to see the Mousetrap, Fleetwood Mac at the O2, a pub Crawl and a Comedy Club) we had a chilled out Sunday and went for a walk and a lovely lunch sitting by the Serpentine with a cheeky glass of wine in Hyde Park.

As we sat a Heron flew in just a few feet from us to add to all the Pigeons, Greylags, Canada Geese, Black Headed Gulls, Lesser Black Backs, Coots, Moorhens and Great Crested Grebes so a very pleasant time was had (the Thai Crab Salad was very nice too!)

After lunch we continued our stroll around the Serpentine and were surprised to come across some Egyptian Geese (7) including a couple of Juveniles. This was quickly followed by Mallard and a few Tufted Duck.

We then came across another cafe, so time for tea and a pastry. We sat at the waters edge again and added a Grey Wagtail to the tally.

So on with the walk and as you might expect we had a fleeting glimpse of a Ring-necked Parakeet, we could hear them most everywhere but they were difficult to spot in the tall trees among the greenery.

So apart from the usual birds you might find in a park we also added a few Cormorant. So having just gone for a walk in Central London (no camera or bins!) we clocked 21 species, not too shabby!

Finally on our drive back we came up the M40, so saw plenty of Red Kite around Wycombe/Oxford. We did notice though that the last one we saw was way past Banbury, so they do seem to be ranging farther north, so good news for us in the West Midlands, just need to add one to the garden list now !

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