Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Watercress Nature Reserve, St Albans

An afternoon visit in mild, overcast conditions provided the following species:-
Little Grebe (1), Mallard (2), Common Moorhen, Eurasian Coot, Black-headed Gull, Stock Dove (2), Woodpigeon, Collared Dove (2), Common Kingfisher (1), Wren, Dunnock, European Robin, Common Blackbird, Song Thrush, Redwing, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Eurasian Jay (1), Common Magpie, Western Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Common Chaffinch, European Greenfinch, European Goldfinch (6), Lesser Redpoll (9), Mealy Redpoll (1), Eurasian Bullfinch (2).
I arrived at the bench opposite the feeding station and watched as several Lesser Redpoll came down to feed while the remainder of the flock fed on the Alders overhead. Among them was one bird of the subspecies flammea (Mealy Redpoll), sporting an overall paler plumage with a lovely red breast.

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