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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Regent's Park

Regent's Park 17th & 23rd May 

Migration has slowed as it always does in the middle of May. There is the chance that something exciting will turn up and if you scroll down through my recent photos you will see that I got lucky on a sunny stroll through the park with my wife.

 While a pair of Grey Wagtails were collecting insects from the pond by the Nature Study Centre another pair were feeding young near the Bandstand,

Swift's and House Martin's are back and hopefully breeding nearby. The House Martin numbers are very low, the most that I have seen together is 6.

 Somebody must have dumped this strange object on the main lake. It has spent the passed few days in almost exactly the same spot on the Bandstand Island. The Greylag was plucking feathers from a gander that came to close. 

 A Magpie was goading the female Kestrel. 

While walking around the eastern side of the Open Spaces I spotted this Red Kite.  My wife asked what is it and I said a Red Kite, she then said there was another one nearby. I found the bird she was looking at but it was no Red Kite it was a Honey Buzzard and the Kite didn't want to share air space with it and began chasing it.  Well that was a sight I thought I'd never witness over London.

While the above interaction was going on this pair of Common Buzzards were going through a courtship display. 

There are only 2 pairs of Great crested Grebe's on the lake, they both have only managed to rear 1 chick, that is if they survive. There used to be up to 6 pairs breed on the lake and rearing the majority of their brood. Nowadays possibly because there aren't enough suitable sized fish they are struggling.

 I have mentioned "inappropriate bird feeding" before, Heron's are not a sociable species and can inflict damage on each other with there sharp bills. 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Regent's Park over the last 7 days.

Regent's Park 15th May

The last week has been relatively quiet with just a trickle of migrants passing through.

Great crested Grebe: a disappointing year with only two pairs present, of which only the pair on the north eastern point of area 9 have been successful. The Bandstand Island pair have failed this week either due to the heavy rainfall mid-week, Coots eating their eggs or human interference.
Little Egret: there has been several records over the last few weeks sometimes involving up to 3 birds. It is slightly puzzling why they have never dropped down into the Heronry.
Peregrine Falcon: While scanning the skies above and close to the park there is a good chance that you could pick up this majestic falcon.
Common Tern: A pair that have returned to the park every year since 2007 are again courting. It is strange that they carry out their courtship here before going off to breed or attempt to breed at Brent Reservoir. This has become harder in recent years due to the presence of Black-headed Gulls.
Grey Wagtail: a pair can be seen collecting insects to take to their nearby nests just east of area 2.
Common Swift: numbers have really increased over the last 5 days with at least 36 in the skies above the lake this morning.
Common Whitethroat: a pair have taken up a territory in the Chat Enclosure area 39.
Chiffchaff: at least 6 pairs appear to be nesting in the park.
Reed Warbler: 5 males are holding territory and singles have been seen in area 39.
Sedge Warbler: the male is still carrying out his aerial displays in area 5.

Today: Spot Fly reported area 39 and 3 Red Kites and a Buzzard over.

Herons in the often rest on their haunches, I have never seen this behaviour anywhere else.

 This pair have possible been returning to the park since 2007.