While waiting for trains on my way to and from work I often notice birds and each station seems to have its own characteristic species:
- Reading - pigeons
- Ascot - pied wagtails, carrion crows and gulls
- Frimley - magpies
- Farnborough North - robins and Canada geese
The carrion crows and gulls at Ascot are apparently attracted by the dog-meat rendering establishment next to the station there. The smell from this place used to attract so many birds that the owners used to play a tape of gull distress calls over a loud speaker in an attempt to scare them off. However, this didn't seem very effective and I haven't heard the tape being played for quite a while now.
At Farnborough North I was once spattered with droppings by a flock of Canada geese flying up from the nearby lake. Now, when I am there, I keep an eye open for low flying geese and move along the platform if it looks as if I am going to under their flight path.