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.
The last walk before the summer break took place on Sunday 3 June 2018 and the walks will resume on: 7 October 2018 4 November 2018 2 December 2018
Next year there will not be a June walk, so the dates will be as follows: 13 January 2019 3 February 2019 3 March 2019 7 April 2019 5 May 2019
Here is the latest report from our May 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
CANONS PARK, Edgware, Middx. HA8 Mallard - 1 in flight Herring Gull - immature Feral Rock Dove Stock Dove - pairs inc. singing Wood Pigeon several inc. singing Rose-ringed Parakeet several pairs very noisey Green Woodpecker - calling Jay Magpie Western Jackdaws Carrion Crows Blue Tit - pairs inc. singing Great Tit – singing and feeding young Chiffchaff - singing Blackcap - singing Wren – 4 singing Eurasian Nuthatch - nest hole in Ash tree near cemetery. Another calling in the Spinney Blackbird - singing Song Thrush - singing Robin - singing Dunnock - singing Common Chaffinch - singing Greenfinch - trilling European Goldfinch - singing Grey Squirrels Milkmaid’s Smock / Cuckooflowers Cardamine pratensisarein full bloom,especially in the southern part of the park. SEVEN ACRE LAKE, Edgware, Middx. HA8
Canada Goose – 3 pair inc. pair nesting on island Mallard - 1 male Great Crested Grebe - pair head shaking & nest building Grey Heron 3 Common Moorhen 3 Coot inc nesting pair Herring Gull in flight - later seen at the basin Lesser Black-backed Gull - 1 Wood Pigeon Stock Dove Ring-necked /Rose-ringed Parakeets (calling) Green Woodpecker Western Jackdaws Carrion Crow Great Tit Chiffchaff - singing Wren Robin The BASIN LAKE, Canons Drive, HA8 Grey-lag Geese 3 inclding farmyard half white type Canada Geese -pair Tufted Duck 6 pairs Moorhen Coot