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Lutya

Confirm some birds from London

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Hi all, I'm on vacation in London and today I birded in St James, Green and Hyde Park. 

A few birds I saw that I wasn't sure are countable: Ring-necked Parakeet, Fulvous Whistling Duck, Ruddy Shelduck, Bar-headed Goose, Egyptian Goose. Thanks.

Now for the confirmations (and let me know if any of these are not countable too!):

1. European Robin

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2. Black-headed Gull

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3. Blue Tit

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4. Great-crested Grebe

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5. Ross's Goose

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6. Little Grebe

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7. Blackbird, female

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8. Greylag Goose

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9. Great Cormorant

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10. Shelduck

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Thanks so much! Do you know if any of the ones I mentioned are not countable by UK standards?

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As a former resident of Europe, the Ross's Geese would not be countable, especially given the time of year, they are captive or introduced semi-feral.

The Common Shelduck would be fine, the Greylag fall into a bit of a border case. The ones in the parks are not really wild, but the UK is in their normal range.

The Bar-headed goose, Ruddy Shelduck and Whistling Duck are not likely countable, they are introduced. I think the Parakeets are considered established now, they are all over London.

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