LONDON/NETHERLANDS MAY 2002
We spent 2 days in the centre of London basically being a tourist but of
course managed to see a few birds as well. Many were seen at St James’s Park, so
have been introduced there. Most species I also saw again in the "real wild" in
Holland where we spent two weeks. I will post the Holland report in a separate
It was my first trip to Europe so there were going to be a lot of new birds,
but I really hadn’t expected to see as many as I did in London, but with all the
parks and gardens it is hardly surprising. Amazingly enough I only saw two House
Sparrows in London. We didn’t get to a wetland area close to the city, which
would no doubt have added several more species.
Thanks to all those people who sent me information on where to go birding in
Holland as well. Also meeting up with a local "birdo" for about 3 days in
Holland was also of tremendous help particularly with calls.
Black headed Gull
Lesser Black backed Gull
Common Raven (tame ones at Tower of London, doesn’t really count!)
Great crested Grebe
Wood Duck (Australian)
Red crested Pochard
Fulvous Tree Duck
Wood Duck ( Carolina )
Of these, 32 were new species but as I said earlier many of them, mostly
water birds, were introduced to St James Park so don’t count as far as listing
goes but were good to see anyway.
Will get around to posting a more detailed Part two of the more serious
birding done in The Netherlands.
Dick Jenkin (Dungog)