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Friday, March 27, 2015

27th March

Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens

The three main characters; Cetti’s Warbler, Goldeneye and Scaup are still present. They were joined by at least 3 Chiffchaffs but not much else. I did here a Little Owl calling from a tree’s just east of the island on the Serpentine.

Regent’s Park

There was little difference in the cast members here, 2 Chiffchaffs were singing, 12 Meadow Pipits flew north. Thankfully the Black-headed Gulls have now nearly all gone, which means the ornamental waterfowl will be able to feed in piece until July.

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Somewhere in there is a Canada Goose

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Mute Swans were frequently on the wing in both Hyde and Regent’s Park.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

25th March

Bushy Park

It was a cold frosty start with low level mist covering much of the park.

Birds were few but interesting.

Common Buzzard: the male was over the Brew House Meadow.

Kestrel & Sparrowhawk: males were also seen over the meadow.

Little Owl: birds were vocal in 6 areas of the park.

Skylark: 9 birds were in the Skylark Zone, it is very disappointing that there are so many selfish people who refuse to follow the instructions on the signs asking for dogs to be put on a lead in this area.

Northern Wheatear: a male was in the Skylark Zone.

Meadow Pipit: 4 birds were also in this area.

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker: a male was calling from within the Round Plantation.

Cetti’s Warbler: the male can still be heard from the view point on Dukes Head Passage or along the boundary fence north of the passage.

Chiffchaff: 3 birds were singing.

 

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My camera let me down with this shot, the light wasn’t great but for some reason the focus wasn’t spot on. Mind you they were a fairway off.

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It was that cold the young rabbits were rubbing their noses together

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

24th March

Kensington Gardens/Hyde Park

Mute Swan: While adding more nesting material to the small island that I was able to have constructed this winter I was pleased to find the female had laid 2 eggs.

Goldeneye: the female was towards the eastern end of the Serpentine at 6.30am.

Scaup: still present and enjoying himself in the swimming area at 6.35am.

Cetti’s Warbler: singing from the Scrub just beyond the Serpentine Bridge.

Willow Warbler: one was singing very quietly close to the Cetti’s.

Chiffchaff: 4 birds singing.

Regent’s Park

I checked on the progress of the 4 Heron chicks, who all seemed fine in the sun. I then checked out the Herons on Heron Island who are also doing well and will not have to run the gauntlet of the corvids. Scanning the lake afterwards I was delighted to find an adult Kittiwake sitting on the water. Fortunately it stayed long enough for some of the parks local birders to connect with it. However those arriving after 1.00pm missed out because the first pedalo of the day flushed it. It then circled the lake gaining height before departing to the west.

 

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This was my first view, the gull on the right caught my attention first but not for very long. The question was would it stay long enough for me to get around to the other side of the lake or would it be off the moment I left this spot. It took about 5 minutes to get to the the lake edge nearest to the spot where the bird had been. Phew! it was still there but still to distant for a decent photo.

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And then it was gone.

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And for those laridae  experts who’s this?