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Monday, May 25, 2015

25th May

Regent’s Park

I had a wander around the lake to see how many Reed Warbler males were possibly holding territories. There were at least 6 around the main lake and although I didn’t hear it, there is a bird in the reed bed on the lake in Queen Mary’s Gardens. That reed bed was only constructed in 2012 and has taken along time to establish.

I have attached videos of Reed and Sedge Warblers singing just in case you are not always sure what bird is singing from the deep in the cover of a reed bed.

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Grey Heron taking enjoying some early morning sun.

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Stock Dove picking off seeds as they drop from the feeder above.

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Families of Starling were picking through the piles of rubbish that accumulate during Bank Holiday Weekends if the weather is reasonable.

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4 Jackdaws were also ripping open bags in search of some food scraps.

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This Great spotted Woodpecker has a more healthy diet on his mind, a nearby peanut feeder.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

23rd May

Regent’s Park

Around the lake today I saw:

Common Shelduck: the 9 ducklings are growing fast, what great parents they have.

Common Tern: the male came in caught a fish and headed back to Brent Reservoir.

Swift: 12 were over the lake.

House Martin: 10 were over the lake.

Grey Wagtail: a male was singing from area 8.

Reed Warbler: there were 4 males singing from reed beds around the lake and another 2 singing from the Scrape.

Sedge Warbler: 2 males are still holding territory in the reed bed by the Boathouse.

Reed Bunting: a pair are still present.

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The young from two nests that I have been following are doing well. The birds above hatched around the 12th April and the three below around the 20th of April.

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Bottoms up

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These birds are a 1st for Inner London? I don’t think there has ever been 2 birds holding territory in Central London. Hopefully at least one of them has been able to attract a mate.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

22nd May

Bushy Park

Birds seen or heard in or over the Brew House meadow area.

Buzzard: one was mobbed by a crow over the meadow area.

Peregrine Falcon: a male flew low over the paddocks.

Wheatear: a female was on the roof of one of the old stables in the paddocks.

Cetti’s Warbler: one still singing by the Longford River north of Dukes Head Passage.

Reed Warbler: 3 males singing.

Reed Bunting: 3 males singing by the pools.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

21st May

Richmond Park

Great crested Grebe: a very nervous bird, that may have landed just after dawn, took off and after a couple of circuits of the area dropped back down on to the water.

Mute Swan: 11 almost landed on Upper Pen Ponds but probably thought better of it when the resident male flexed his muscles.

Kestrel: 3(2f) adults Lawn Field.

Cuckoo: one flew over Pembroke Lodge and into Sidmouth Wood at 7.55am.

Skylark: 1 singing Lawn Field.

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Not the most substantial breakfast.

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Little Owl near Pen Ponds car park.

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One of 2 Black-headed Gull that have been annoying the Common Terns.

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Breakfast for 2

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You can see where they have been eating in previous days