12th March 2011
Went  along to a morning guided birding walk ( 8:00 -10:am) arranged by the Redbridge group who are a part of ' London Birdwatching''.  Off my area I know, however I am a member and I had never been there before. The object was to undertake a bird cenus. The benefits  of being with a group ( not to bigger a group though ! ) ,are if you were on your own you will probably miss something, but when there are several others, someone is sure to spot something, then the the spotter can share the sighting with all !  Apart from the interest in Birds, it's a good social event to share your interest with like minded people. Most Birdwatchers are nice people !
 Here is what was recorded :  Canada Goose, pr Mallard, Grey Heron, 20 Black Headed Gull, Common Gull, 7 Stock Dove, 20 Wood Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove, Feral Pigeon, 6 Blackbird, 6 Song Thrush, 3 Carrion Crow, 12 Jay, 4 Jackdaw,  17 Magpie,13 Greenfinch, 2 Chaffinch, 5 Goldfinch, 3 Waxwing, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Long Tailed Tit, 9 Great Tit, 22 Blue Tit, 7 Wren, 11 Robin, Dunnock,
This list is credited to Daniel Erickson- Hull who is the leader of 'London Birdwatching'  with the help of those who went !
Well worth joinning, have a look at their site - http://londonbirdwatching.webs.com/ 

Oh ! nearly forgot, had a look at the fat ball this afternoon, something has had a good old peck at it, but no birds were around,
probably Blue tits and Great tits are the chief peckers I would have thought.
Bye for now. 

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