Sunday, 30 January 2011

Urban birding in St Albans

Green Sandpiper (Luke Massey!/LMasseyImages)
Spent an enjoyable day traipsing around the urban birding spots of St Albans with photographer Russell Spencer and guided by Luke Massey. We visited some interesting spots including my first visit to Tyttenhanger Gravel Pits. Perhaps my favourite place was Lemsford Springs Nature Reserve where we had at least three Green Sandpipers, a Water Rail, a Little Egret and flocks of Siskins. There will be a fuller account of my trip in a future issue of Bird Watching Magazine.

Luke was a great host who despite coming from St Albans is based in Canterbury where he is studying. He's a good young birder who is passionate about conservation and not too shabby on the photography stakes - an up and coming star.

Yesterday, I participated in the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch clocking up 14 species in a garden in west London's Holland Park. The highlights were a pair of Stock Doves on the lawn and a solitary Coal Tit. Surprisingly, there were no Great Spotted Woodpeckers nor Waxwings for that matter!

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