Saturday, 22 April 2017

An unnamed Park in Carshalton, 22nd April 2017

 After the first week of the school term and my first cricket match of the year today, I went to a park in Carshalton. I'd been there before, and I don't know what it's called. It doesn't help that the sign at the park saying 'St Mary's Park,' is not confirmed on Google Maps. So it's here. It is a small park behind fields and Little Woodcote.

At first, what caught my eye was the number of nests being used. A Dunnock had a nest in a tree, with 3 pairs of Blue Tits using nest holes and also a pair of Blackcap which appeared to have a nest deep in some brambles. Also, a Nuthatch had a hole, a Crow had a (mess) nest and a Robin had a nest.

There were at least 4 pairs of Blackcap, 2 Great-Spotted Woodpeckers, 1 Green Woodpecker, 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Greenfinch, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Song Thrush and lots of small birds.
f Blackcap
2 Chiffchaff seemed to have a meadow to themselves.
Chiffchaff 1

Chiffchaff 2

Chiffchaff 2
Song Thrush 1
Song Thrush 1

Blue Tit
A Blackbird once again tricked me into thinking that it was a Ring Ouzel, when it flew over a field into a tree. The bird even seemed to have a very faint white bib, but I'm not good at this tight recognition calls and it is not nearly strong enough for what I call a Ring Ouzel! 
Blackbird (damn it!)
Butterflies included lots of Blues, Small Tortoiseshell, Orange Tip and Speckled Wood,
2 Blues (Holly/Common)

Speckled Wood


  1. Another great read Arjun. I have added your blog to my featured blog list. This should attract a wider audience for you! Good Birding!

    1. Thanks Kojak
      Great post yesterday with the Wood Sandpiper btw.