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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

The last couple of days in the park

Regent's Park

Still the same cast but sometimes they are hard to find.

Water Rail: 2 birds are still present in the Rail Ditch.
Cetti's Warbler: it seems that the best time to hear him is around sun up although he can give a burst at any time in area 32 and 34.
Firecrest: the pair can be seen either side of the road between the entrance to Queen Mary's by the Rose Garden Cafe and the stage door entrance to the Open Air Theatre. Check the Holme Oaks by the cafe or within 60 metres of the road.

 This was a first for me, I had never seen a Firecrest actually feeding on the ground.

I drove through Richmond Park on the way home and saw distantly Dartford Warbler and took these other photos. 

Saturday, January 30, 2016

A catch-up of the last few days.

Regent's Park

Firecrest: I joined the Regent's Park Wildlife Officer on his monthly bird survey of several areas of the park on 26th. We were lucky enough to encounter 3 Firecrest's, 2 in Queen Mary's Gardens and another in the Avenue Gardens.
Cetti's Warbler: the male was heard on 2 occasions in area 32 both just as it was getting light.
Chiffchaff: one sang briefly from area 32 on 26th.
Redwing: 12 flew west on 26th.
Water Rail: one has showed well in the Rail Ditch several times.

Here are a few recent photos.
 These Firecrest photos were taken on 25th

This Goldcrest was chased off by the Firecrest male.

 I was pleased earlier in the week to see a Heron land in a basket.

 Then today even better news, there was a pair present.

 The Great crested Grebe pair are back on last years nest by area 7.

 The Water Rail in area 2 showed well this morning.

The photos below were taken in Bushy Park on Friday.