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Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Week 1 of the Croydon Lockdown Bird Watch.

Week 1 of the Croydon Lockdown Bird Watch.

Following government guidelines doesn't mean an end to birdwatching or to enjoying nature. Just simply looking out of a window can give a lot of pleasure and is the best way of keeping safe in these troubling times. To date we have received lists from 23 gardens. Perhaps a little surprisingly, 43 different species were noted during the week. The number of species from individual gardens ranged from 5 up to a magnificent 30 species in the week, with the average number of species per garden being just under 18. The best record was probably the peregrine seen from one house and the overall total was boosted by red kite, sparrowhawk and buzzard all being reported from four gardens. Two gardens were also treated to the calls of atwny owls. Although most of the species recorded were those expected to turn up in gardens, this is still very useful information. Further analysis may help us to understand how the occurrence of common birds in gardens changes as we move from winter into the breeding season. A list showing the species recorded can also be found.
The photo accompanying this article was taken by Vaughan Pomeroy and shows that you may need to check your neighbour's roof - grey herons do sometimes land on buildings and I have seen a pheasant on All Saints Church roof in Sanderstead.

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