Following info on wildlife spotted in the park so far this year:
Birds recorded in the park so far this year are listed below. Still a few common species lacking which I have normally seen by mid-January (eg Meadow Pipit, Tufted Duck). If the weather improves (less rain) I will try some dusk visits for owls, Mandarin Duck and Woodcock; also some early morning visits. The Peregrine Falcon was reported on the SE Essex RSPB site on 14th by two visiting birders - seen over Larch Wood. I still need this species for my BP list. I have seen Peregrines over Gidea Park on two occasions which is not far away and there is at least one previous park record; all presumably wanderers from Romford Town Centre.
The 2 Firecrests continue the regular occurrence of the species for the site (fifth consecutive winter since 2009).
Little Egret (01/01/14)
Lesser Black-backed Gull )
Herring Gull } flyovers
Great Black-backed Gull )
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Redwing (150 on 15th)
A few butterflies have already been seen this mild February at a number of sites particularly from the 16th. I finally caught up with my first in 2014 in the park yesterday.
2 Small Tortoiseshell (also 2 seen by a n other including 1 probably same individual as 1 of mine)
I also disturbed a basking Grass Snake which slithered off before I could take a photo, the earliest I have seen here out of hibernation.
With the mild weather it remains very quiet for birds wintering in the park but many are singing. The plant growth is so in advance of last years very late spring. Prunus cerasifera is out in full flower but I could not find any nectaring butterflies on it - a few bees.