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Posted by Sue May 08, 03:38PM

Hope they haven't been struck down by the hailstones sad smiley

ETA: As this has gone onto a new page, I had better make it clear that I am referring to the swifts in brandnewguy's previous post big grin



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Posted by BrandNewGuy May 08, 05:20PM

Probably the chillier and wetter weather has kept them further south for now. The weekend's looking warmer, so that's a good time, as they need lots of flying insects once they finish their journey to build themselves up for the breeding season.

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Posted by sjsl May 08, 06:59PM

Just seen (heard them first) a couple of swifts over North Dulwich near the railway... hope more will follow, but that has made my day, always delightful to welcome them back.

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Posted by Sue May 08, 08:40PM

Hooray!

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Posted by BrandNewGuy May 08, 09:05PM

Nice! I think I heard one at about 6.00 this evening – Barry Rd near Peckham Rye, so it sounds like they're back. If only for two months or so. It's funny that we think of them as 'our' birds that spend the winter in Africa, when in reality it makes more sense to see them as African birds that just breed here.

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Posted by RichH May 09, 09:56AM

I'm watching loads of them whirling about over Honor Oak right now smiling smiley

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Posted by treehugger May 09, 10:49AM

My husband saw an owl in Peckham Rye Park earlier this week.

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Posted by BrandNewGuy May 09, 10:59AM

That's possibly one of the little owls that live at the top end of Peckham Rye Park. You can sometimes hear their strange 'woop, woop' call at dusk at this time of year.

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Posted by malumbu May 09, 12:59PM

Birds seem to be on a feeding frenzy which I expect is due to fledglings having hatched. Never worked out why they favour one feeder over another, which will switch too. Put a bird bath up on one of the feeder poles which the wood pigeons perch on and crap in! Blue tits, great tits, robin and gold finches. No green finches, long tailed tits, coal tits so far this year, nor woodpeckers, thrushes and jays, which is a shame. Wonder if it is a weather and food availability thing, ie they only come into gardens when food is short in their more natural environment. Occasional doves, and plenty of crows and blackbirds. Green squawky things fortunately stay outside the garden. The football cones over the open feeders seem to have stopped the bally squirrels which is a welcome surprise.

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Posted by seenbeen May 09, 02:09PM

Saw a pair of chaffinches by the Fox on the Hill

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Posted by mikeb May 09, 02:27PM

Birdsong on Green Dale this morning was amazing, wasn't even spoilt by the Heathrow jets landing overhead.

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Posted by louisemurray May 09, 02:38PM

And my toads have finally laid some promising looking spawn. All previous attempts have died and turned white quickly. This is healthy black eggs. Fingers...

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Posted by johnie May 10, 12:54PM

The swifts are back in force over Scutari Road

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Posted by tiddles May 13, 01:14PM

I have seen the goslings and baby moorhens in PR but no ducklings at all
- are they usually later in the season on or is something amiss?

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Posted by cookie May 13, 03:27PM

Saw a Greater Spotted Woodpecker in the back gardens of Fellbrigg/Ulverscroft road yesterday. Lovely to see.

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Posted by malumbu May 13, 10:40PM

Yo, my first woodpecker of the year, and for the first time someone pointed out the swifts high overhead. I'm very excited but need to go the Lidl as they are eating the bird food at a great rate (not the swifts or course). Foxes also seem to like it when it falls to the ground.

Fox ate some bred and then shat on it. I thought they normally marked territory by spraying not pooing. Squigy.

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Posted by BrandNewGuy May 13, 11:23PM

Mentioned a while ago about the little owls in Peckham Rye Park, but I just heard one calling in a tree at the top end of St Francis Park next to DHFC.

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Posted by tiddles May 14, 01:50PM

oo owls!! will go for an evening wander..... still waiting for the ducklings.....

heard a few woodpeckers - both i peckham and brockwell parks

there seems to be loads of robins at the moment - perhaps it is because they are so bold and much easier to spot...

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Posted by Asset May 14, 07:50PM

I saw my first green woodpecker recently down Greendale. It was plotted on the ground by the poplar trees in JAGS field and I thought at first it was injured because it was just sitting there. It was fine though as it flapped off after a while. Probably cheesed off with me staring at it winking smiley

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Posted by Nigello May 14, 08:03PM

I get one or two jays in my garden, eating peanuts or mealworms off the back wall. I've yet to see a woodpecker of any kind though I hear them, as I do an owl near to Goodrich/Dunstans junction.

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Posted by David2017 May 18, 11:38AM

In Greendale this morning I managed to get a close up look at a butterfly (or possibly moth) of a type I've never seen before and cannot find on butterfly and moth guides on the web. I hope someone can help me identify it. It was sort of medium, or bit on the small, size for a butterfly with wings which were very dark brown and dotted prominently and very beautifully with pink spots. Sounds like I'd been drinking I know but not the case. Can anyone here tell me what it might have been?

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Posted by Chris99 May 18, 01:42PM

I'm not sure what the butterfly was, but a good way to find out would be to join the Friends of Green Dale / Friends of Dog Kennel Hill wood Spring Walk tomorrow at 2pm. Led by Rachel Dowse of London Wildlife Trust, we're meeting at the picnic benches in Dog Kennel Hill Open Space (next to Sainsbury's) at 1.50pm. It's free and all are welcome.

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Posted by Lynne May 18, 04:14PM

The butterfly could be some sort of skipper. A dingy skipper?

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Posted by David2017 May 19, 12:01PM

Thank you Lynne, I think you're right. It looked more dramatic and stylish to me at the time but I think it must have been either a dingy skipper or more likely a grizzly skipper. Never seen or heard of these creatures before and delighted to have been introduced to one! Thanks also Chris99 I didn't know about the walk.

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Posted by Sue May 19, 07:54PM

It's so heart warming to see people discussing butterflies and birds on a London forum xx

ETA: Thanks to Peckhamgatecrasher for starting the thread many moons ago smiling smiley



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Posted by Peckhamgatecrasher May 20, 06:04PM

Aw shucks!

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Posted by mikeb May 31, 12:47AM

My wife saw a hedgehog this evening in our garden - first time ever

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Posted by Judie May 31, 07:03AM

I have seen a woodpecker on my feeder every day for the past fortnight, he is beautiful

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Posted by Peckhampam May 31, 07:57AM

Mistle thrushes in my garden this year

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Posted by AylwardS June 02, 09:06AM

Visited the Nature Trail at the Horniman a couple of days back for the first time (I know its been there a while but new to me). Short and nothing amazing this visit but good for a quick half hour in “woodland”.

Entrance to the start is from London Road - up the steps just after Wood Vale and then through the gate on the left. Check the opening hours on the Horniman website (currently 9-4). You go to the end and return. It’s a “woodland” path so tree roots, steps and could be muddy in wet weather and no dogs. You never escape the sirens but if you are passing its worth checking out.

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