I spend a good deal of time moaning about my patch on this blog. This morning I was pleasantly surprised to find a whole flock of Linnets feeding on a disturbed patch of earth in Acton Park. Great Spotted Woodpeckers were drumming away, and the teeny, wee pond in Southfields was crammed with frogs. The local Song Thrush was keeping me entertained by first "doing" car alarm, and then parakeet, reflecting the joys of urban birding.
My Mallards are back. They breed each year in the fetid beer-can pond in Acton Park - disappearing as soon as all the ducklings have been predated, and then reappearing as good as gold every February. I shall keep you up to date with the birth and demise of the ducklings. Patchlist total 36.