Urban Birding in Bletchley

No, I don’t want to copy David Lindo. I have been birding in an urban environment for a while and it can be as interesting as David states. Around our home there are several parks of different sizes. One of them is the Leon Recreation Ground which is one of the oldest parks in Milton Keynes.

I occasionally visit this park and the adjacent cemetery to enjoy the relative silence and the bird songs. Species wise it is not exceptional, but for me that doesn’t really important as long as I can see a single bird.

Male Common Chaffinch. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Male Common Chaffinch. © Gyorgy Szimuly

By this morning Common Chaffinches appeared suddenly and were singing full throat across the park. A few weeks back, I saw none. Did the migration start already? There was another sign of spring. A pair of Eurasian Magpie were busy in building their a nest on a tree. They were active and seemed they needed to finish the nest by a certain deadline. Just to get an idea what bird species were seen in this early phase of spring, I enclose the eBird list. Species composition in the adjacent cemetery was quite the same with additional singing European Starlings.

The Bletchley cemetery with a little chapel is one of the peaceful places in the busy and noisy Milton Keynes. © Gyorgy Szimuly

The Bletchley cemetery with a little chapel is one of the peaceful places in the busy and noisy Milton Keynes. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Leon Park bird list:

Common Buzzard 2
Common Wood Pigeon 8
Eurasian Collared Dove 1
Eurasian Magpie 4
Carrion Crow 6
Great Tit 3
Eurasian Blue Tit 5
Eurasian Wren 1
European Robin 5
Eurasian Blackbird 11
Redwing 4
Song 1
Dunnock 1
Common Chaffinch 6
European Goldfinch 1

Cemetery bird list:

Common Wood-Pigeon 8
Eurasian Magpie 2
Carrion Crow 10
Great Tit 3
Eurasian Blue Tit 11
European Robin 9
Eurasian Blackbird 12
Redwing 1
European Starling 3
Dunnock 1
White Wagtail (British) 1
Common Chaffinch 3
European Goldfinch 7
House Sparrow 1

Beautiful Spring Crocus (Crocus vernus) blooming in the park. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Beautiful Spring Crocus (Crocus vernus) blooming in the park. © Gyorgy Szimuly

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5 thoughts on “Urban Birding in Bletchley

  1. Regarding your Chaffinch sightings, I heard my first singing individual on 10th February which is later than usual, based around my small dataset it should have been nearer to late January. I believe they begin pairing up relatively early, due to them hoping to time their first breeding attempts to coincide with freshly emerging Oak tree invertebrates. This trait also applies to Blue tits which of course feed largely on the same said food source.

    Best Wishes

    Tony

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