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 first birdwalk of 2018, led now by RSPB member Bob Husband. Our walks took place between Canons Park, Edgware, Middx. HA8 and Seven Acre Lake, Edgware, Middx. HA8
Black-headed Gull Feral Rock Dove 2 Stock Dove Wood Pigeon several Rose-ringed Parakeet (several pairs) Great Spotted Woodpecker 2 drumming Magpie 4 Jay Western Jackdaw 4 Carrion Crow (common) Goldcrest 2 Blue Tit Great Tit Coal Tit Long-tailed Tit flock TREE CREEPER 2 Eurasian Nuthatch Blackbird Song Thrush (4 singing) Mistle Thrush (F’OS) REDWING - feeding on red berries Robin 3 singing Common Chaffinch female European Goldfinch flock (24 Bird species. Total both sites: 36 ) Grey Squirrels THE BASIN, Canons Drive, HA8: Black-head Gull flock (Only viewed from car.) MEDITERRANEAN GULL 2nd Winter Lesser Black-backed Gull Herring Gull 2nd Winter Common gull 4 62 Black-headed Gull Mallard 6 males 3 female Gadwall pair (m & f) Tufted Duck 2 males 7 Cormorant 2 Grey Heron 3 Little Egret Common Moorhen Coot 2 Wood Pigeon Ring-necked /Rose-ringed Parakeet *KINGFISHER (FB & MR) Carrion Crow (16 Bird species. Total both sites: 36 )