Alexandra Park is currently a very active environment with various species of birds, which seem to have descended upon us at the start of winter 2017! So far, a member of the Alexandra Park Wildlife Group (Stuart) has recorded 15 goosanders, plus the red-breasted merganser which seems to have moved over to Alexandra Park from Plattfields Park. Also nuthatches, goldcrests, great spotted woodpecker, grey heron, grey wagtails and mistle thrushes along with the usual ducks, crows, tits and finches. Therefore, Alexandra Park is well worth a visit right now!
By the way, if anyone does go to look for the merganser, note that it can be a bit difficult to pick out from the female goosanders at first. It is often either close to the island or floating about with its head tucked under its wing – but as well as its ‘grubbier’ fading rust-into-grey neck; it is smaller, sits slightly lower in the water with no obvious white chest, and with binoculars you can see the red bill is straight, even slightly sloped up, rather than curving down at the end.
The lake area has also been recently weeded by the fenced area around the lake – which took 3 days to do by Stuart– who also spent a very long day clearing the lake of surface litter with the new net. Well done Stuart!
Also, the Wildlife Group are featured in an article in the latest ‘Open Up’ Community Magazine. If you have not yet picked up a free copy, the Lodge in Alexandra Park has some. You can also view the magazine online via:
Please note though that the article went to print before the name and date of Alexandra Park’s Christmas Event was changed at the last minute.
The new name and date for the event is:
Christmas Cracker – Sunday 10th December 12 Noon to 4pm. Full details to be posted