|The Hampton Court grounds were a great place to find waterbirds and non-waterbirds alike, London, UK; 4/5/10.|
|View of the Hampton Court Grounds from inside the palace, London, UK; 4/5/10.|
Last spring while Val and I took a weeklong trip to London, I made point of visiting London Parks that had ponds in hopes of seeing some European waterbirds that might not be common in North America. The best areas that I found in my limitations of time and place were: 1.) the gounds surrounding Hampton Court (Above), 2.) Regents Park (Below top), and 3.) St. James Park (Below bottom). We were only able to spend a couple of hours in each place.
BIRDS IDENTIFIEDHampton Court Waterbirds: Egyptian Goose, Common Moorhen, Eurasian Coot, Tufted Duck, Mute Swan; Non waterbirds: Great Tit, Jackdaw, Ring-necked Parakeet, Eurasian Robin
|Regents Park had the most variety of habitat for birds of all species to gather. These Tufted Ducks and were not intimidated by the huge raptor staue greeting them, London, UK; 4/10/10.|
|A fountain in Regents Park, London, UK; 4/10/10.|
|A Bridge over a stream in Regents Park, London, UK; 4/10/10.|
Regents Park Waterbirds: Bahama Pintail, Black Swans, Buffleheads, Chloe Wigeon, Shelduck, Grey Heron, Red-breasted Goose, Ross's Goose, Rosybill Pochard, Ruddy Shelduck; Non waterbirds: Eurasian Blackbird, European Robin
|St. James Park with its ponds is another great place for birding, London, UK; 4/8/10.|
In the next few posts I will feature the waterbirds that I was able to identify in these three parks.