Archive for August, 2010

What’s on the menu?

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Last week three of our members visited Sutton to remove prey remains from a building used by the resident Peregrine Falcons. As anticipated the results were very interesting. The LPP’s Tony Duckett has posted photos of the more notable species on his blog.

Update: Below is a full list of what we were able to collect. Some remains proved a challenge to identify, although some of the waders were more obvious. Sutton is not far (as a Peregrine flies) from Beddington Farmlands, an area of mixed habitats on the outskirts of London which attracts a variety bird species.

  • Shelduck
  • Teal
  • Little Grebe
  • Moorhen (several legs)
  • Oystercatcher
  • Golden Plover (2)
  • Common Snipe
  • Woodcock (4)
  • Whimbrel
  • Common Sandpiper
  • Sandwich Tern
  • Common Tern
  • Arctic Tern
  • Tern sp or Little Gull
  • Stock Dove
  • Collared Dove (3)
  • Ring-necked Parakeet
  • Green Woodpecker (3)
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker (2)
  • Blackbird
  • Fieldfare
  • Jay
  • Jackdaw (4)
  • Starling (10+)
  • Greenfinch
  • Goldfinch
  • Cockatiel
  • Feral Pigeon (65+)

Correction: On closer inspection of the photographic evidence we’ve determined that what looked like Shelduck remains are in fact those of an Oystercatcher.

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