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WINTER BIRDS IN JUBILEE COUNTRY PARK - Margaret Rusbridge


You may think that nothing interesting ever turns up in your local country park. You couldn't be more wrong. Towards the end of November, I was out one cold Saturday morning seeing what birds I could find in the Park. Having 'done' the southern part, I was nearing the Thornet Wood Car Park, and trying to decide whether to go home, or have a look in the area towards Petts Wood. Luckily I decided on the latter, and whilst walking along the path that parallels the railway towards the Petts Wood entrance, I heard a high-pitched call. I expected to find a Goldcrest, but when I located the little bird moving rapidly around the vegetation, I was delighted to find a Firecrest - a first for me, and I think, for the Park. and there was no one to share this exciting discovery with, not even a camera. I watched it for several mininutes as it fed, before it flew through the fence into the railway enclosure. I hurried through the gate and managed to locate it again briefly before it disappeared completely. A short but memorable encounter.

Other birds of note in the Park this winter, other than a large flock ofRedwing and a few Fieldfares, have been a small number of Redpoll. Initially seen feeding near St James' School before Christmas, I found them again in early February near the Southborough Lane Entrance, feeding in a tree together with at least five Bullfinches, three males and two females. As it was a beautiful sunny moming the male Bullfinches were stunning in the bright sunlight, and stayed around for several minutes. This rather unobtrusive finch can be difficult to spot, but I have seen them regularly in the bushes and trees lining the path between the paddocks and Blackbrook Lane, and also in the area near the Southborough Lane entrance. The Redpolls are not so easy to find. you have to look for active little streaky birds busy feeding in the trees or bushes, and if you are lucky you will catch a glimpse of the red patch on the top of their heads which gives them their name. So, when you go into the Park take your binoculars with you, keep your eyes open, and you never know what you will find. 

Birds found in Surveys of Jubilee Country Park

...and if you want to learn more about any of these birds listed below, just click on their common name and the link will take you through to the RSPB page which describes them.  On this RSPB page, if you want to hear their song or call, click on the black button 'Play' under the name of the bird and you will hear a short audio clip.  

 Common Name

 Comments

Latin Name

Wren
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Coal Tit
Long Tailed Tit
Nuthatch
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Green Woodpecker
Blackbird
Song Thrush
Mistle Thrush
Carrion Crow
Jackdaw
Jay
Magpie
Wood Pigeon
Collared Dove
Starling
Goldfinch
Chaffinch
Greenfinch
Bullfinch
House Sparrow
Robin
Goldcrest
Willow Warbler
Chiffchaff
Blackcap
Garden Warbler
Whitethroat
Treecreeper
Grey Wagtail
Pied Wagtail
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
Tawny Owl
Heron
Black Headed Gull
Common Gull
Canada Goose
Mallard
Moorhen
Coot
Swift
House Martin
Swallow
Ring Necked Parakeet
Lesser Redpoll
Linnet
Redwing
Fieldfare
Lesser Whitethroat
Wryneck
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Hobby
Meadow Pipit
Pheasant
Wheatear
Little Owl
Red Kite
Buzzard
Firecrest
 

 

   







 

 



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
spring/summer migrant
spring/summer migrant
spring/summer migrant
spring/summer migrant
spring/summer migrant
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
summer migrant
summer migrant
summer migrant
 
winter visitor
winter visitor
winter visitor
winter visitor
rare/occasional
bird on passage
occasional/winter
passage Sept 2005
occasional/winter
occasional
on passage
not seen since Autumn 2005
overflying
overflying
rare (seen 2010 1st time))
Troglodytes troglodytes
Parus caeruleus
Parus major
Parus ater
Aegithalos caudatus
Sitta  europaea
Dendrocopus  major
Dendrocopus minor
Picus  viridis
Turdus  merula
Turdus philomelus
Turdus Viscivorus
Corvus corone
Corvus mondula
Garrulus glandarius
Pica pica
Columba palumbus
Streptopelia  decaoto
Sternus vulgaris
Carduelis carduelis
Fringilla colebs
Carduelis chloris
Pyrrhula pyrrhula
Passer domesticus
Erithracus  rubecula
Regulus regulus
Phylloscopus trochilus
Phylloscopus collybita
Sylvia  atricapilla
Sylvia borin    
Sylvia  communis
Certhia familiaris
Motacilla cinerea
Motocilla yarrellii
Accipter nisus
Falco  tinnunculus
Strix aluco
Ardea cinerea
Larus ridibundus
Larus canus
Branta Canadensis
Anas platyrhynchos
Gallinula chloropus
Fulica atra
Apus apus
Delichon urbica
Hirundo Rustica
Psittacula kameri
Carduelis cabaret
Carduelis cannabina
Turdus Iliacus
Turdus pilaris
Sylvia curruca
Jynx torquilla
Laurus fuscus
Falco subbuteo
Anthus pratensis
Phasianus colchicus
Oenanthe oenanthe
Athene noctua
Milvus milvus
Buteo buteo
Regulus ignicapillus





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