Nunhead Cemetary, 0840-1005 (grey cloud, mist, mild, no wind)
Blackbird 14, Blue Tit 26, Carrion Crow 18, Chaffinch 6, Coal Tit 1, Great Tit 15, GS Woodpecker 5, Jay 1, Long-tailed Tit 5, Magpie 18, Ring-necked Parakeet 13, Robin 9, Wood Pigeon 24, Wren 11.
The misty conditions made this morning’s walk around Nunhead Cemetery quite eerie at times! Observations from today: smaller birds were all recorded in decent numbers (especially blue tits) although the absence of Goldcrest might be an early indication that our smallest bird has struggled with the exceptionally cold December. Great-spotted woodpeckers were conspicuous throughout the wood and a small flock of noisy chaffinches was active in one of the glades. There is a great deal of dense ivy covering trees throughout the site; this will provide useful shelter for small birds in the coming months. There are few trees or shrubs with any berries left now and most of the feeding activity I witnessed was centred on the seed clusters of Ash trees.