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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

18th &19th August

Regent’s Park

Swift: 2 today over the open spaces at mid-day.

Whinchat: present since yesterday in area 39.

Lesser Whitethroat: 3 still in area 39.

Common Whitethroat: at least 7 present; 3 in areas 31 and 4 in area 39.

Willow Warbler: yesterday; 12 in area 31 & 32.

Chiffchaff: yesterday; 14 in areas 31 & 32.

Spotted Flycatcher: one in area 39 today.

Bushy Park

I only had time to check the area just east of Chestnut Avenue. There was a small number of common migrants.

Swallow: 40 perched and feeding in the area.

House Martin: 2 birds were with the Swallows.

Common Whitethroat: 8 in the bracken area close to the channel that feeds the boating lake.

Sedge Warbler: I was surprised to see one appear in one of the Hawthorn trees.

Willow Warbler/ Chiffchaff: at least 10 in the same area.

Reed Bunting: 8 present here, often the phylloscs chased them away.

Whinchat: one was perched on the bracken south of Upper Lodge Road.

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The top Whinchat is from Bushy Park the other is the Regent’s Park bird.

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

16th August

Regent’s Park

Very little change, the only new species was a Whinchat , so just a few photos from a pleasant morning in the park.

Whinchat: a juvenile was in brambles by the chat bush, however when it dropped in just after 6.00am it did land on the chat bush(gorse bush).

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This juvenile Kestrel didn’t help matters when I looking for the Whinchat mid morning. He/she was dropping down on the abundant insects in that area.

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A fresh plumaged Lesser Whitethroat is my favourite autumn migrant, well lets say early autumn migrant.

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Which one to choose?

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juvenile Reed Warblers seem to be being fed in most of our reed beds or the shrubberies that are near the reeds.

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

15th August

Regent’s Park

No change in the number of species present, possibly slightly fewer phyllosc’s present.

Although you could find migrants almost anywhere the main areas to concentrate are areas 31and 34 at the NE end of the lake or areas 39, 40 & 41. If you choose to look for migrants in area 41 it is best if you stand on the edge of the rough grass and look towards the brambles and scrub that runs along the fence line. If birds are there they will show themselves. You gain nothing from getting closer.

The best areas today were area 32 and 39.

Spotted Flycatcher: 1 possibly 2 were in area 32 but elusive.

Lesser Whitethroat: at least 3 were in area 39.

Common Whitethroat: 4 were in area 39.

Garden Warbler: 2 were in area 39.

Blackcap: 9 were in area 39.

Not one phyllosc was present in 39 while I was there.

Other news

Kingfisher: the bird was showing well on the fence that protects the newest reed bed on the NW side of area 8.

Nuthatch: singles were present in area 32 and 39.

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a record shot of the Kingfisher

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A Woody working hard for his breakfast

Friday, August 14, 2015

14th August

Regent’s Park

Yellow-legged Gull: an adult was present on the lake at 6.45am.

Kingfisher: 1 still present on the lake, favouring the south-eastern side of area 8.

Lesser Whitethroat: 3 birds in area 39.

Common Whitethroat: 4 birds, 2 in the brambles and gorse by area 34 and 2 in area 39.

Reed Warbler: 2 recently fledged birds are present in area 2 and 32.

Willow Warbler: at least 14 birds present mainly around areas 30, 31 and 32.

Spotted Flycatcher: one in area 39.

Richmond Park

Common Teal: 4 birds may have taken off from the reed bed area of Upper Pen Ponds.

Shoveler: one was with the Teal.

Little Egret: a juvenile feeding along the shore of Upper Pen Pond at 6.45am.

Water Rail: 3 birds were calling at 6.30am.

Common Tern: one was patrolling Pen Ponds looking for food.

Kingfisher: 2 birds were moving around Pen Ponds.

 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

11th August

Regent’s Park

Common migrants numbers are still fairly low, however if you are patient and in areas with suitable habitat you never know what might appear.

Spotted Flycatcher: one was in or around the Old Golf & Tennis School enclosure, area 39.

Reed Warbler: a family were in bushes in area 32.

Lesser Whiteththroat: a cracking fresh plumaged bird was also in area 39.

Common Whitethroat: one in area 39.

Garden Warbler: 3 in area 32.

Blackcap: 20+ in area 31, 32, 39 and 41.

Willow Warbler: ten birds moved between areas 31 and 32.

Chiffchaff: 15 in the same area as the Willow Warbler apart from a 3 or 4 in area 39.

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It was funny how Blackcaps, the C.Whitethroat and even the Lesser were intrigued by the Spotted Flycatcher.

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One of 4 juvenile Reed Warbler keeping in cover while the adults foraged for food.

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This Blackcap was hovering as it grabbed juicy Elderberries.

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Cooling down in a muddy pond.

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The calf below saw that he was missing out and ran back to his mum.

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