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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

24th February

Bushy Park

I spent this morning working on improving the banks that were constructed last year around the edge of the Scrape. My aim is to attract either Kingfishers or Sand Martins. It was a cracking morning weather wise and the birds listed below only added to it.

Gadwall: I flushed a pair from the Scrape, they didn’t go far dropping down on to one of the pools.

Teal: a pair were feeding in one of the channels.

Water Rail: one was calling from wet scrub by the Longford River.

Common Snipe: one was on the Scrape until I flushed it, though it didn’t go very far. In fact it behaved more like a Jack Snipe, allowing me to get quite close (I couldn’t see it in the sedge) before taking off and dropping down a short distance away. Again I could exactly see where it was and was almost on top of it when it took off again. I stopped looking for it but bumped into it several times after that.

Kingfisher: a male landed on a reed stem and attempted to catch a fish in one of the channels.

Cetti’s Warbler: the male sang intermittently

Reed Bunting: 1 male and 2 females were present. 

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Monday, February 23, 2015

23rd February

Hyde Park

Scaup: 1st winter drake still on the Serpentine.

Grey Heron: 2 nests still.

crap light but I thought I would grab a few more shots as he could be gone soon. He was preening for quite sometime, so he might be getting itchy feet.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

22nd February

Regent’s Park

After over a month away being repaired, Nikon finally returned my camera and lens. It has been frustrating at times having to digiscope, though this method can have its plus’s. Todays clear frosty start was worth having an early breakfast and getting out into the park before the public and rain arrived. I had hoped for a large raptor to fly over, it is a little early so maybe in a week or two.

Grey Heron: At least 18 nests have been re-occupied or are in the process of being built. The first young can be heard and just about seen in the Ash tree at the eastern end of area 7.

Shoveler: 26 were on the bank of area 8.

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I could here young calling from this Ash but couldn’t see any until there was a change over at the nest. You can just about see the head of one of the chicks just to the left of the left leg.

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It became a little clearer after a while.

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The male grebe looks proud of himself having just seen off another grebe.

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I wonder where this bird was ringed?

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It wasn’t until she put her head up that it became obvious that she had a broken bill. It didn’t appear to hamper her ability to feed.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

20th February

Kensington Gardens

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Can you spot the bird? Video of bird singing below.

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I had several jobs and meetings to attend in KG today, one was to discuss further habitat improvements to the Long Water. While we were talking a familiar sound rang out from across the water. It was of a bird that I normally hear at Cley or Titchwell on the North Norfolk coast. It was a Cetti’s Warbler, though at times it did utter some strange notes. I wasn’t able to confirm not that it needed confirmation but I did want to view a bird rarely recorded in Central London. In fact I think Kensington Gardens is the only place that it has been reported from.

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The Scaup is still present but on the Serpentine close to the reed bed that held the Bearded Tits a few winters back.

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This little fellow is a Maned Goose, and until fairly recently resided in Regent’s Park. Somehow he escaped being pinioned (wing clipped) which is very fortunate as the 3 others he used to be with were taken by a fox. He now tags along with the Egyptian Geese.

Great-black-backed Gull: a 1st winter was on the Long Water at 9.10am.

 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

19th February

Bushy Park

This first group of birds were all visible from the viewing point opposite the scrape.

Teal: 5 were on the scrape at 8.45am

Common Buzzard: one flew across the field.

Water Rail: one was on the scrape.

Stonechat: one was feeding between the Scrape and the View Point.

Redwing: 30 were in the trees that run down the middle of the meadow.

Cetti’s Warbler: one was in the scrub just north of the recently pollarded Willow.

Chiffchaff: one was along Dukes Head Passage.

Reed Bunting: a pair were feeding around the pools, occasionally joining a small Goldfinch flock in the scrub near the screen.

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Meadow Pipit: 12 were feeding close to the deer herd.

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