Sunday, 25 January 2009
Birds of Leabank Square - Seagulls
Today is National Birdwatch day - and there have been quite a few fantastic suggestions we do a few entries about what birds (& other wildlife) we have in Leabank Square.
This is a great idea - especially as the numbers of some species are dwindling - not helped by the fact that all the trees we planted across the canal have been felled. But we had some promising conversations with some of the Olympic suits at last weeks community meeting - so watch this space.
In the meantime - this is the first of the Birds of Leabank Square series - and it's the second most common bird here - after pigeons of course!!
Come & take a seat up on the river bank anytime, and toss a few crumbs into the water - and these seagulls appear out of nowhere!! They must be hovering up high - just waiting for some tiny morsel to be thrown out for them.
We are really not that far from the Thames - where there are thousands of seagulls - but someone suggests that these particular ones are from the massive waste tip at Buckingham Road in Leyton - about 400 meters from the canal.
Wherever they're from - they behave just as aggressively as all seagulls around the world - scrapping over any bit of food they happen to see. In fact - I'm not too sure if these are seagulls exactly - because they're a bit smaller than there cousins on the coast - but they do bring a lot of life and amusement to a coffee by the canal!!