Monthly Bird Walks 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. 2019 dates: 6 October 3 November 1 December
HERE ARE THE REPORTS FROM THE WALKS IN JANUARY 2019 and MARCH 2019
Sunday 13 January 2019 Canons Park & (private) Seven Acre Lake Red Kite, 72 Redwing. Lake: 2 Grey Heron, 5 Little Egrets, 4 Cormorant, 6 Shoveler. 7 Tufted Duck, pair Mallard, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, 4 Coot, 60 Black-headed Gull, 4 Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull.
Sunday 3 March 2019 Canons Park and (private) Seven Acre Lake 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull 53 Black-headed Gull 8+ Wood Pigeon Stock Dove 2 singing Rose-ringed Parakeet - several pairs very noisy Green Woodpecker - calling Great Spotted Woodpecker - drumming Jay 5 Magpie Western Jackdaws Carrion Crows Blue Tit Great Tit Long-tailed Tit (FB & KB) Wren Dunnock - singing Eurasian Nuthatch - calling Blackbird 3 REDWING Robin Common Chaffinch -singing European Goldfinch
(Private) Seven Acre Lake
13 Canada Goose 3 Cormorant 1 Great Crested Grebe 1 Grey Heron 3 Little Egret 2 Mallad - pair 8 Shoveler 4 pair Tufted Duck 3 pair + if 2 Common Pochard - both 1w males 3 Common Coot Common Moorhen Lesser Black-backed Gull (same as park?) 25 Black-headed Gull Wood Pigeon Ring-necked /Rose-ringed Parakeets - calling Green Woodpecker - calling Western Jackdaw Carrion Crow Blue Tit Great Tit Wren Robin Song Thrush - singing