The Birds in Grovelands Park

As a regular user of Grovelands Park usually when walking Freddie and Oscar, my dogs,  I am always aware of the different birds that I hear and have seen and I have for some time considered making a list of the different species which I hope you will find interesting. Perhaps, like me you will be surprised that the list is now in excess of 60 different birds, some of which I have seen only once* some infrequently** and the remainder are present throughout the year or regular seasonal visitors.
I have chosen to divide the Park in 3 different areas:- The Lake/Lakeside, Open Areas, and The Woods as this may be of value if you choose to look yourselves.
The Lake/Lakeside
Great Crested and Little Grebe**, Cormorant, Shag*, Common, Black Headed, Herring, Greater and Lesser Black Backed Gulls, Common Tern, Mallard, Pochard, Tufted, Mandarin, Shoveller*, Goosander and Ruddy Duck*, Mute Swan, Black Swan* (no doubt escaped from a collection), Grey Lag, Chinese and Canada Geese, Moorhen, Coot, Heron Pied Wagtail, Kingfisher*. In winter look out for Redpolls and Siskins feeding on the surrounding Alder Trees.

  Name Frequency / Date photographed in Grovelands Park /Wikipedia info
 _grovelands_park_N21_winchmore_hill_london-mallard-duck-female.jpg  Female Mallard 5th December 2010
 _grovelands_park_N21_winchmore_hill_london-mallard-duck-male.jpg  Male Mallard 5th December 2010
 _grovelands_park_N21_winchmore_hill_london-duck-4.jpg   5th December 2010
 _grovelands_park_N21_winchmore_hill_london-duck-3.jpg   5th December 2010
 _grovelands_park_N21_winchmore_hill_london-gull.jpg   5th December 2010
 _grovelands_park_N21_winchmore_hill_london-coot.jpg  Coot 5th December 2010
   Moorhen 5th December 2010
    5th December 2010
 _grovelands_park_N21_winchmore_hill_london-mute-swan-200px.jpg  Mute Swan 5th December 2010

Open Areas
Crow (many of which unusually have white speckling), Rook**, Jackdaw**, Magpie, Starling, Song and Mistle Thrush, Fieldfare, Redwing. Feral and Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove. Goldfinch, Spotted Flycatcher**, Swallow, Swift. Kestrel, and the increasingly more common Sparrow Hawk.
The Woods
Great, Blue, Coal** and Long Tailed Tits (often in gangs of 10-15 noisy individuals). Chaffinch, Bullfinch**, Greenfinch, House and Hedge Sparrow, Robin, Blackbird, Wren, Goldcrest**. Jay. Green, Greater and Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers. Nuthatch, Treecreeper. Tawny Owl and on one most surprising occasion a Woodcock*.
Perhaps you have seen others that I have missed, (I’m certain the list could easily exceed 70) or you have seen a bird which you were unable to identify? either way I’d like to hear about it.
Finally, it is impossible for me to leave the park without mentioning those lovely warm, still summer mornings , when the Carp can be seen cruising and basking just below the surface of the Lake and a walk through the Woods reveals the beautiful Speckled Wood Butterfly’s dancing flight in the shafts of sunlight breaking through the canopy. You might also look out for Bats over the Lake in the evenings, some of which seem quite large - perhaps someone could tell us what particular species they are?.


How fortunate we are to have Grovelands on our “doorstep”. 

Bob Holder.