2 new birds to the HC year list today. Its strange really, after seeing 60 species in one day, from a trip with my mate Ken to Norfolk. That I can still get excited about two really common birds. Both birds are seen as pests by loads of people, but both are scarce on The Common. The New Birds were 10+ Starling (+) over. Plus 2 Canada Geese (+) literally flying down the Highgate Road, in fact only 3 feet above the road. Not sure if they had been feeding on nearby farmland or the roadside verge. Other birds noted:- 2- Marsh Tit, 3- Great Tit, 6- Chaffinch, 1- Blackbird, 2- Robin, 2- Mallard (photo), 2- Coal Tit, 4- Blue Tit, 1- Great-spotted Woodpecker, 1- Dunnock, 2- Carrion Crow, 1- Green Woodpecker (photo), 1- Grey Heron (photo), 1- Treecreeper, 2- Jay, 1- Magpie, 1- Buzzard, 1- Goldcrest (photo), 1- Song Thrush (heard but not seen).

That takes me to 41 species for HC year list.

This is a common view at HC, of a Grey Heron that visits the Island Pool most weeks…

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Also visiting the pool today were a pair of Mallard, which I suspect flew over me later in the morning…

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Not sure if its just me, but I swear the Bilberry looks a bit healthier after the trees round the pool were thinned out…


Unidentified Slug, just looks a bit different to the Tree Slugs I usually see…

Update:- Thanks to Phillip Playford who identified this for me as…. Arion hortensis (Blue-black soil slug).

IMG_4610 Must start to learn more about Trees, always fascinates me how Fungi/Moss grows only on the one side. I guess it obvious really, both need the shady side of the tree…

IMG_4611 IMG_4612 Female Green Woodpecker…

IMG_4615 Goldcrest by the feeders near the Wardens Office…



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