The Friends run a fascinating series of two-hour bird-watching walks on the first Sunday of each month, except July to September (when breeding is over and leaf-cover makes bird spotting difficult), and January (when the walk switches to the second Sunday). Led by an experienced member of the local RSPB, the walks are FREE and begin at 10am from the Donnefield Avenue entrance to the Park. No need to book, just turn up and stay as long as you like! The pace is not too fast but comfortable shoes are a must and if you have binoculars, bring them with you.
There’s a wide variety of species to be seen in the Park, including a sizeable colony of Ring–necked Parakeets. These noisy and colourful imports from the Himalayan region of India have colonised areas of the park, particularly the Spinney and can now be seen throughout the Canons Park Estate.
Here is the latest report from our April 2018 bird walk, led by RSPB member Bob Husband. Our walks took place between Canons Park, Edgware, Middx. HA8 and Seven Acre Lake, Edgware, Middx. HA8
Here are the birds that were spotted on the April walk:
In Canons Park: Mallard - 4 in courtship flight Lesser Black-backed Gull in flight Feral Rock Dove e in flight Stock Dove - pairs inc. singing Wood Pigeon several inc. singing Rose-ringed Parakeet several pairs Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming Green Woodpecker - seen & singing in Spinney Jay Magpie 3 Western Jackdaws Carrion Crows Blue Tit - pairs inc. singing Great Tit - pairs inc. singing Coal Tit - singing Long-tailed Tit - pair FIRECREST - Canons Drive end of the Spinney 12.15 & 13.25 Very active feeding. Wren - singing Eurasian Nuthatch - 2 males singing, inc pair with female adding mud to nest hole near cemetery. TREE CREEPER (in same area as the Firecrest) Starling - 2 in flight Blackbird - singing Song Thrush - singing Mistle Thrush - singing, 2 on cricket pitch Robin Dunnock Pied Wagtail - male Common Chaffinch - singing Greenfinch - trilling European Goldfinch - singing At the Basin Lake in Canons Drive Canada Goose - pair Grey-lag Geese 3 inclding farmyard half white type Mallard 2 males Tufted Duck 6 pairs Cormorant - 2 4 Common Moorhen Black-headed Gull - first winter Herring Gull in flighr Lesser Black-backed Gull - 3 in flight Great Spotted Woodpecker - calling Wood Pigeon Ring-necked /Rose-ringed Parakeets (calling) Western Jackdaws Carrion Crow Great Tit Wren Nuthatch - singing near Cormorant perched in tree Robin Goldfinch (19 Bird species. Total all sites:37) SEVEN ACRE LAKE (Viewed from gate only) Canada Geese -pair Moorhen Coot - 3 Blue Tit - pair