Birdwatching in England – especially in Oxford and London

July 20 – 27, 2009

 

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Excursions

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Hans Schick
Contact or comments: schick@asca-berlin.de

Trip Reports

 

 
 

Species List

 
 


Introduction

From July 19 – 27, 2009 I was in Oxford and London. Although this visit was not devoted to birdwatching all birds seen on walks through the cities of Oxford and London were registered. Most of the birds were seen in the ornamental waterfowl collection of Regent's Park in London

Registration of the observations
All ornithological observations were registered in the databank OrniDB97–2.20, developed by Ralf Schirmeister (www.ralf-schirmeister.de for download) and were edited in two different ways. Under the heading "Excursions" one finds the complete records to the different observation places in chronological order. Under the heading "Species List" one finds the date, the place, and the number of observed individuals in systematic order. In the section Excursions some photos give an impression of the visited areas, in the Species List one finds some photos of birds taken by a Canon EOS 1D Mark III in combination with a telephoto lens Canon EF 100-400 mm, f/4.5-5.6L IS USM .

Field guides and other ornithological literature used

Lars Svensson, Peter J. Grant, Killian Mullarney, Dan Zetterström, Der neue Kosmos-Vogelführer, alle Arten Europas, Nordafrikas und Vorderasiens, Frankh-Kosmos-Verlags-GmbH & Co., Stuttgart, 1999.
This book is equal to:
Killian Mullarney, Lars Svensson, Dan Zetterström, Peter J. Grant, Collins Bird Guide, The Most Complete Field Guide to The Birds of Britain and Europe, HarperCollins, London 1999.
Steve Madge, Hilary Burn, Wassergeflügel - Ein Bestimmungsbuch der Schwäne, Gänse und Enten der Welt, Verlag Paul Parey, Hamburg und Berlin, 1989, ISBN 3 490-19018-1

Links to Birding in Oxfordshire and Greater London (England)
http://www.fatbirder.com/links_geo/europe/england_oxfordshire.html

http://www.fatbirder.com/links_geo/europe/england_greater_london.html


Excursions

20.07.2009, 08:00-09:20
Oxford, St. Catherine's College, Oxfordshire (England)
18 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed in the green spaces of Catherine's College.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
1, on a lawn.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
1, flying.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
2, calling.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
5, on a lawn.
Jackdaw (Corvus monédula, Dohle):
2, flying.
Carrion Crow (Corvus coróne coróne, Rabenkrähe):
3, on a lawn.

P100-0967
Oxford, St. Catherine's College, Oxfordshire (England)
(20.07.2009)

20.07.2009, 11:40
Oxford, Christ Church College, Oxfordshire (England)
18 °C, fair to overcast.
The following bird species were observed in the area of Christ Church College.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
10, flying.
Barn Swallow (Hirúndo rústica, Rauchschwalbe):
1, flying.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, flying.

 

P100-0983 and P100-0986
Oxford, Christ Church College, Oxfordshire (England)
(20.07.2009)

20.07.2009, 14:30-15:15
Oxford, Botanical Garden, Oxfordshire (England)
18 °C, overcast.
The following bird species were observed in the Botanical Garden and its surrounding.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor, Höckerschwan):
2 ad., swimming.
Canada Goose (Branta canadénsis, Kanadagans):
13, swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
11, swimming.
Great Tit (Parus major, Kohlmeise):
5 (a family), in a birch.
Carrion Crow (Corvus coróne coróne, Rabenkrähe):
2, flying.

P101-0008
Oxford, Botanical Garden, Oxfordshire (England)
(20.07.2009)

22.07.2009, 14:00-16:00
Oxford, St. Catherine's College, Oxfordshire (England)
18 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed on green spaces of St. Catherine's College.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
3, on a lawn.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
1, on a lawn.

P100-0970
Oxford, St. Catherine's College, Oxfordshire (England)
(22.07.2009)

22.07.2009, 16:00-19:00
Oxford, Christ Church and Thames meadows, Oxfordshire (England)
18 °C, fair.
The following bird species were observed during a walk from the Botanical Garden through the meadows to the Thames riverside.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
3, on the meadows.
Greylag Goose (Anser anser, Graugans):
25 (at least), on a meadow.
Canada Goose (Branta canadénsis, Kanadagans):
10, on a meadow.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
20, swimming.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
15, at the edge of a stream.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
2, swimming, on the river.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
5, swimming on the river.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
10, flying.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
1, flying.
Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscívorus, Misteldrossel):
6, on a meadfow.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
6, on a meadow.
Carrion Crow (Corvus coróne coróne, Rabenkrähe):
3, near the riverside.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
7
, on a meadow.

P101-0005
Oxford, Christ Church and Thames meadows, Oxfordshire (England)
(22.07.2009)

23.07.2009, 19:00-21:00
London, Regent's Park (England)
18 °C, fair.
The following 22 bird species were observed during a walk through the Regent's Park.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
20 (at least), on trees and at the water's edge.
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus, Singschwan):
2, swimming.
Black Swan (Cygnus artrátus, Trauerschwan):
1, swimming.
Greylag Goose (Anser anser, Graugans):
3, swimming.
Bar-headed Goose (Anser índicus, Streifengans):
7, on a lawn.
Canada Goose (Branta canadénsis, Kanadagans):
100 (at least), swimming or on a lawn.
Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus, Nilgans):
6, on a lawn.
Gadwall (Anas strepéra, Schnatterente):
2, swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
3, swimming.
Marbled Duck (Marmaronetta angustirostris, Marmelente):
2, swimming.
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rúfina, Kolbenente):
7, swimming.
Common Pochard (Áythya férina, Tafelente):
2, swimming.
Ferruginous Duck (Áythya nyróca, Moorente):
1 male, swimming.
Tufted Duck (Áythya fulígula, Reiherente):
12, swimming.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
1, swimming.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
100 (at least), swimming.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
8, swimming.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
100 (at least), on a lawn.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
76, on a lawn.
Collared Turtle Dove (Streptopélia decaócto, Türkentaube):
1, flying.
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica, Elster):
5, on a lawn.
Carrion Crow (Corvus coróne coróne, Rabenkrähe):
10, on a lawn.

P102-0023
London, Regent's Park (England)
(25.07.2009)

25.07.2009, 10:30-15:45
London, Regent's Park (England)
18 °C, fair.
The following 29 bird species were observed during a walk through the Regent's Park.
Common Heron (Árdea cinérea, Graureiher):
20 (at least), at the water's edge.
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus, Singschwan):
5, swimming.
Black Swan (Cygnus artrátus, Trauerschwan):
1, swimming.
Greylag Goose (Anser anser, Graugans):
100 (at least), swimming or on a lawn.
Bar-headed Goose (Anser índicus, Streifengans):
10, swimming.
Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis, Rothalsgans):
10 (at least), on a lawn.
Canada Goose (Branta canadénsis, Kanadagans):
100 (at least), swimming.
Hawaiian Goose (Branta sandvicensis, Hawaiigans):
10 (at least), on a lawn.
Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus, Nilgans):
10 (at least), on a lawn or swimming.
Shelduck (Tadórna tadórna, Brandgans):
4, swimming.
Mallard (Anas platyrhýnchos, Stockente):
20 (at least), swimming.
Cape Teal (Anas capensis, Kapente):
2, swimming or roosting on a stone.
Red-billed Teal (Anas erythrorhyncha, Rotschnabelente):
3, on a lawn.
Silver Teal (Anas versicolor, Silberente):
2, swimming.
Chiloe Wigeon (Anas sibilatrix, Chilenenpfeifente):
2, swimming.
Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors, Blauflügelente):
2, swimming.
Brazilian Teal (Amazonetta brasiliensis, Amazonasente): 1 male, swimming.
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rúfina, Kolbenente):
20, swimming.
Common Pochard (Áythya férina, Tafelente):
20 (at least), swimming.
Tufted Duck (Áythya fulígula, Reiherente):
15, swimming.
Smew (Mergus albéllus, Zwergsäger):
3 (2,1), swimming.
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis, Schwarzkopf-Ruderente:
1 male, swimming.
Common Morhen (Gallínula chlóropus, Teichralle):
20 (at least), swimming or on a lawn.
Black Coot (Fúlica atra, Bleßralle):
20 (at least), swimming.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
20, swimming.
Herring Gull (Larus argentátus, Silbermöwe):
10, swimming.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
100 (at least), on a lawn.
Wood Pigeon (Colúmba palúmbus, Ringeltaube):
10 (at least), on a lawn.
Carrion Crow (Corvus coróne coróne, Rabenkrähe):
20 (at least), on a lawn.

 

P102-0029 and P102-0033
London, Regent's Park (England)
(25.07.2009)

26.07.2009, 15:00
London, Westminster Bridge (England)
20 °C, raining.
The following bird species were observed from the Westminster Bridge.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrócorax carbo, Kormoran):
1, swimming.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
30 (at least), swimming.
Herring Gull (Larus argentátus, Silbermöwe):
20 (at least), swimming.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
10 (at least), flying.

P102-0069
London, Westminster Bridge with House of Parliament (England)
(26.07.2009)

26.07.2009, 17:55-18:45
London, Tower and Tower Bridge (England)
16 °C, raining.
The following bird species were observed in the surroundings of the Tower and the Tower Bridge.
Kestrel (Falco tinnúnculus, Turmfalke):
1, hovering over a lawn.
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibúndus, Lachmöwe):
24, flying or swimming.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
15, flying.
Carrion Crow (Corvus coróne coróne, Rabenkrähe):
3, on a lawn in the Tower.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
1
, on a lawn.

P102-0095
London, Tower Bridge (England)
(26.07.2009)

27.07.2009, 11:30
London, Russell Square Gardens (England)
16 °C, raining.
The following bird species were observed in the Russell Square Gardens.
Street Pigeon (Colúmba lívia f. doméstica, Haustaube):
150, on a lawn.
Blackbird (Turdus mérula, Amsel):
2, on a Lawn.
Carrion Crow (Corvus coróne coróne, Rabenkrähe):
1, on a lawn.
Starling (Sturnus vulgáris, Star):
16
, on a lawn.
Grey Squirrel (Sciúrus carolinensis, Grauhörnchen):
1 (grey animal), in the park.

 
     
 

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