TQ2173 : Jackdaw, Richmond Park

taken 11 years ago, near to Roehampton, Wandsworth, Great Britain

Jackdaw, Richmond Park
Jackdaw, Richmond Park
It would be hard to walk in Richmond Park for more than a few minutes, at any time of year, without seeing and hearing jackdaws. They nest in holes in hollow trees, and there are thousands of such trees in the Park, so the place is something of a jackdaw city. But it has to be said that jackdaws now face competition for nest-sites from ring-necked parakeets - an introduced species which seems to be everywhere in the Park these days.

Jackdaws are notoriously clever creatures, and were once commonly kept as pets - in days when attitudes were different and wildlife was less fully protected by law. This was still the case within living memory - according to a retired shepherd at Cliffe in Kent, 'Back before the War every family in the village had its pet jackdaw'.

Richmond Park is a National Nature Reserve.

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TQ2173, 82 images   (more nearby search)
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 12 April, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 14 April, 2011
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Bird   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 211 734 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:26.8094N 0:15.5004W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 211 734
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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