Sunday, September 6, 2015

The Birds at St. James Park in London

These were taken on one of our morning walks in St. James Park. This was our favorite spot while we were in London last June.  The birds never failed to entertain and I was particularly taken with this Moorhen.  

Moorhens are blackish with a red and yellow beak, and long green legs.  Seen closer up they have a dark brown back and wings and a more bluish-black belly, with white stripes on the flanks.

Their latin name is Gallinula chloropus and they belong to the family of Rails (Rallidae).

You can see them around any pond, lake, stream or river, or even ditches in farmland.  Moorhens can live in cities as well as the countryside.  In the United Kingdom they breed in lowland areas, especially in central and eastern England.  They are scarce in northern Scotland and the uplands of Wales and northern England.  UK breeding birds are residents and seldom travel far.

You can see them any time of the year and any time of the day.  You might even hear them calling at night.  They eat water plants, seeds, fruit, grasses, insects, snails, worms and small fish.  I found this information and more here.

I thought I would also post a short video today.

I am sharing with the following memes, with my thanks to our hosts. You can see other participants by visiting their links.

Anni at Bird D'Pot
Michelle at Nature Notes