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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

29th July

Regent’s Park

Swift: 12 were over the park.

Garden Warbler: 2 were in area 38, The Old Golf & Tennis School.

Blackcap: 10 birds seen in areas 31 and 38

Lesser Whitethroat: one also in area 38.

Chiffchaff: 6 present.

Willow Warbler: 4 present.

Nuthatch: one still present in and around Queen Mary’s Gardens.

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Shoveler: 3 on Upper Pen Ponds.

Common Tern: one lone bird around all day.

Water Rail: the juvenile showed again this morning.

Kingfisher: male on the metal fence that protects the reed bed from the deer.

Swift: 16 over Pen Ponds at 7.10am.

Reed Warbler: 9 present.

Garden Warbler: one in the scrub just west of the Anglers Enclosure.

Blackcap: 6 in the same area as the above.

Chiffchaff: 7 birds present.

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Black-headed Gulls could in the coming years could prevent Common Terns from breeding here if current breeding trends continue.

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This Great Tit had just pillaged an Oak Processionary Moth nest. It then sat close by as if it were defending it. Unfortunately we removed the nest a short while later.

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This Oak Processionary Moth nest is in a slightly unusual position.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

28th July

Richmond Park

Yesterday I removed the last of Oak Processionary Moth caterpillar nests that had been identified by the volunteers and myself in Bushy Park. Today I moved over to Richmond Park to assist the team there with nest removals. It gave me a chance to have a quick look at Pen Ponds before getting started. The water body itself was fairly quiet with only a couple of pairs of Great crested Grebes, single pairs Mute Swan and Common Tern. I was surprised that there were no juveniles present from any of these. There was a Tufted Duck with a brood of 5 ducklings but not much else on the water.

The only birds of interest were.

Water Rail: a juvenile was walking along the shore of the Anglers Enclosure.

Kingfisher: one was fishing from a bush overhanging the fence that separates the reed bed from the main body of water.

Reed Warbler: 10 birds were in the reed bed and nearby scrub.

Common Whitethroat: 4 birds were in the brambles in the Anglers Enclosure.

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Views over Lawn Field and Upper Pen Ponds at around 5.45am.

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Long distance shots of the juvenile rail and Kingfisher.

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Reed Warbler begging for food.

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Stag Beetle (female).

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

22nd July

Bushy Park

I witnessed something unusual by one of the pools in the Brewhouse Meadow area. A female? Reed Warbler was feeding 2 juvenile Sedge Warblers. She would fly in with food and the juvs would drop down to the base of the reeds to take it. this meant I could capture it on the camera. Then about 50 metres away a pair of Sedge Warblers were feeding at least 2 other juveniles.

Nearby: C. Buzzard(3), Meadow Pipit(2), Cetti’s Warbler(3), Reed Warbler(11), C Whitethroat(12), Chiffchaff(6), Goldfinch(100+), Reed Bunting(4).

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female(above) brings food for the juvenile(below)

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

11th July

I am so sorry for not blogging for a while. There are a couple of reasons, early July is normally quiet until the warblers start to move around mid-month. The real problem that I have is the death of my camera. Well it is possibly repairable, but it had this fault a couple of years ago and any repair on a Nikon camera isn’t cheap. I now have to think hard as to whether or not I can afford a replacement.

Anyway I will try and keep the blog going in some shape or another. Any photos before and including the Swallows were taken with my old Nikon D300s, after that they were taken with my even older Nikon D5000.

Bushy Park

Little Egret: a bird flew towards the Woodland Gardens 6th.

Common Tern: one flew towards the Heron Pond 7th.

Curlew: one flew north at 6.30am 10th.

The Scrub just north of Dukes Head Passage has had good numbers of common warblers this week.

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It looks as if 3 pairs have bred in the park this year one up on the last couple of years.

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This Green Woodpecker looked to be struggling on the hottest day of the year.

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Click on the link to see a Banded Demoiselle catching insects.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kGAZcvnqZU

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Marbled-white Butterflies are annual in small numbers.

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Ringlet Butterfly need to be looked for carefully as the most abundant dark butterflies are the Meadow Brown’s.

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Juvenile Swallow crash lands.

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After taking these Swallow photos I took what would have been cracking shots of a juvenile Lesser Whitethroat, Cetti’s Warbler and a Whitethroat feeding a recently fledged bird and when I went to review them none had come out.

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Regent’s Park

Nuthatch: at leats 2 are present in the park but mobile.

Reed Warbler: the pair in Queen Mary’s are feeding young again.

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