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Saturday, April 25, 2015

25th April

Regent’s Park

The early morning rain only managed to bring down one new spring passerine species for me but it caused a couple of high fliers to drop down below the overcast skies.

It has been brought to my attention that a regular birder to Regent’s Park keeps going into areas that are not open to the public. I do not want to name this person but if he/she continues then when something of interest should turn up we may take the step and not allow people into see it. So please stop.

Common Shelduck: the wild pair that have been returning for several years brought a group of 9 ducklings on to the lake.

Whimbrel: a small flock of 6 medium sized waders headed north in the rain at 7.00am. The views weren’t great but if I had to name them I would have said Whimbrel.

Arctic Tern: 2 birds flew NW over the Mosque at 7.10am these were followed 5 minutes later by 3 very high flying terns that I wasn’t able to positively ID due to rain on my bins.

Lesser Whitethroat: one was singing in Queen Mary’s Gardens at 6.30am.

The rest of the birds were much the same as the previous couple of days. 

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The ducklings are about to take to the water for the first time. The parents are very protective but will they manage to reach the safety of the eastern end of Heron Island without the gulls taking any. They are quite nervous birds so want to get away from the boating area.

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A Coot pays the price for coming to close

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Friday, April 24, 2015

24th April

Richmond Park

I started my day in Richmond Park, which at 6.30am was shrouded in fog. Driving through the park you occasionally came across openings that were bathed in bright sun. The reason I was here was to replace last years temporary tern nesting tray, which had been successful but was now looking shabby and was now lopsided.

The photos below are the only species that I saw well.

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The newly installed tern nesting tray. I hadn’t even reached the shore when the pair had landed on it. There were 2 other pairs displaying and calling above Pen Ponds.

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A strange thing about being on the lake was that although the tern rafts are reasonably close to the island and were bathed in sun it took a further 20 minutes before the fog cleared over the island.

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The young in the lowest nest tried to hide but it wasn’t until I was back on shore that all four returned to their nest.

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A Common Sandpiper dropped in while I was loading the boat into the back of the van.

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Bushy Park

This was my next port of call, to meet up with a colleague to check our reptile mats and to install a Trail Camera. While we were doing this we did see some good birds, which helped my colleague who is trying to improve her ID skills.

Common Buzzard: one was in the air.

Hobby: two birds flew through.

Kingfisher: one was on the Scrape when we arrived.

Cetti’s Warbler: he was constantly bursting into song.

Sedge Warbler: possibly a pair present, with the male doing his aerial sorties.

Reed Warbler: two birds were singing, one by the river and another in a reed bed.

Reed Bunting: 2 males and a female were in the meadow area.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

23rd April

Bushy Park

Grey overcast skies seemed to subdue a majority of the birds in the park. I was hoping to here the Cuckoo that was heard yesterday but it appears that it has moved on.

Cetti’s Warbler: still present along the western boundary north of Dukes Head Passage.

Sedge Warbler: a male still present and singing on the pools in the Brew House Meadow.

Reed Warbler: a male also present on the pools.

Blackcap: 7 pairs on the western boundary of the park.

Common Whitethroat: 2 pairs present, one by the bend near the Scrape and another pair by the back gate into the Water Garden.

Willow Warbler: one just south of the Water Garden.

Chiffchaff: 5 pairs present along the western boundary.

Regent’s Park

Very similar to Bushy Park with the odd exception.

Red Kite: one was reported.

House Martin: 2 birds were over the lake.

Sedge Warbler: a male in the reed bed by the Boat House.

Reed Warbler: a male also in this reed bed.

Lesser Whitethroat: one was singing in the Cricket Pen, area 31 early am until it was chased by a Blackcap. It then flew to the island at the end of the lake.

Common Whitethroat: one in the Old Golf & Tennis School enclosure, area 39.

Chiffchaff: 3 pairs at least present.

Blackcap: 9 males were singing.

I would like to take this opportunity to ask anyone who comes birding in the park to remain in the public areas and not to go into fenced off areas. It is not fair that some people are failing to do as they are asked.

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I was glad to see that the 3 young in this nest are progressing well.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

21st April

Bushy Park

Shelduck: 2 pairs were on Heron Pond.

Yellow Wagtail: one flew over the Skylark Protection Area.

Skylark: 9m were singing in the dogs on leads area while 7m were singing in the area south of Upper Lodge Road.

Meadow Pipit: 2 pairs are in the Skylark Zone.

Swallow: 8 birds were above the Stockyard.

Cetti’s Warbler: the male is still present and very vocal, so probably hasn’t yet attracted a female.

Reed Warbler: a male was singing from a reed bed in the Brew House Meadow area.

Sedge Warbler: one was singing close to the Reed Warbler.

Linnet: one flew through.

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Sedge Warbler: one was singing from the reed bed in area 2.

Reed Warbler: one was also singing in this area.

Reed Bunting: a pair were in area 2 yesterday and at least one was present today. 

 

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This female Blackcap was enjoying the early morning sun

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