Silence has reigned because I have been to Town for a day at the excellent Landmark Wisdom course. I also took the opportunity to fill in a few gaps for the Bird Tour Guide, which now starts something like:
“Effectively in the centre of one of the world’s biggest cities, a visit here can yield anything from 20 to an astonishing 45 species. True to the capital’s cosmopolitan nature, the highlights tend to be foreign species that have made London their home. Rose-ringed parakeets, Egyptian geese, mandarin ducks and red-crested pochards boost the total. Homegrown specialities are grey wagtail and breeding pintail.
“Many more exotic waterfowl inhabit the Park, such as bar-headed goose, smew and summering whooper swans. These are free-roaming specimens from collections and should not be counted.
“Baker Street tube is the most convenient start for a walk round this park. The north exit brings you out opposite a Subway, while many other sandwich shops and fast-food outlets dot the area. Turn right past the Beatlemania shop and the Sherlock Holmes Museum to cross Allsopp Place. Take pedestrian lights to cross the road ahead of you and enter the Park by its lake.”