A Community Network for Bowes Park and Bounds Green
Nature along the New River has been just beautiful this year. The two goslings are nearly as large as their parents now, and the four punk-headed baby coots are growing bigger and have learnt to feed themselves. The two cormorant chicks are also no longer chicks, but young adults. The smart grey heron has been a regular visitor and sadly had neglected baby ducklings for an early supper one evening. And a lone yellow wagtail bobs along the top of the bank on the Palmers Green stretch. Yesterday, the 10th, I saw the most surprising bird yet... it was a Small Egret. It was on the stretch between the North Circular and Palmers Green. I saw this white thing on the bank along on the far side as I walked to PG. Was it yet another blown plastic bag or a bird? Then it took off and flew past me..... It was an egret! I know them well from Egypt, but was so surprised that I walked back to where it had settled by the weed grabber... and for sure it was an egret. White body, black bill and black legs - sort of a small heron but certainly not a grey heron. It is the first one I have seen near here. What an amazing year for nature in Bowes Park.