Esoteric London

No. 961: Parkway, NW1

Posted in Graffiti, The Thames, Wildlife by esotericlondon on November 4, 2013

© Roger Dean RED_5181 copy

Parkway, London, NW1. Photo © Roger Dean 2013

The Naturalist on the Thames – C.J. Cornish, 1902:

Not many years ago a crow nested in a plane-tree in St. Paul’s Churchyard, and a pair also reside on the island in Battersea Park. But the great headquarters of London crows are the grounds of Ranelagh, and the reservoirs and market gardens of Barnes and Chiswick. They flock to the manure heaps in the latter, where the gulls now join them, and several pairs spend all day nearly all the year round on the reservoir banks at Barnes, and on Chiswick Eyot. The Eyot crows seem to find a good living there, and never leave it till their young, which are annually hatched in a tree at some distance on the Middlesex side, can fly. But the crows haunting the great Barnes reservoirs, where the tufted ducks now assemble in winter, are a bad lot. Last winter they were seen to single out and attack any gull separated from the flock which usually came there to roost. A sick or wounded gull was soon caught, killed, and eaten, the small black-headed gulls being no match for the crows.

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  1. eyegawker said, on November 4, 2013 at 10:29 am

    I really enjoy this, I like how the tips of the wings infuse into the moon behind it


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