A couple of family groups of Skylarks were chasing around the Skylark Protection Zone.
Predated on Oak Processionary Moth nest
News or rather lack of news from the last couple of days. The highlight was the first obvious migrant.
The day started in Richmond Park with yet again another glorious sunrise over London. there was a mist over the low areas, including Pen Ponds.
Families of Green Woodpeckers seemed to be on a lot of the tracks in the park. In some areas two pairs were only yards apart.
Lower Pen Ponds held on to the mist longer than Upper Pen Ponds, these photos were taken only a couple of minutes apart.
Whinchat: one was perched on bracken in the Skylark area at 6.45am this morning. It was chased off by an over territorial Meadow Pipit.
There is a distinct lack of Swifts in all the parks. In the short time (2 years) that I have been working in the outer parks I witnessed Swifts and a few Sand Martins feeding either over Pen Ponds or the grasslands of Bushy Park.
Yesterday the terns were very active over Pen Ponds at 5.40am. Today there were only 2 adults present at a similar time, maybe they turned up later after roosting somewhere else. In previous years I have watched terns fishing over the waters of the Diana fountain in Bushy Park, there have been no records this year.
At this time of year the easiest way to tell drake from duck Mandarin is by the colour of the bill, the drake being reddish and the female grey.
There are good numbers of Starlings feeding on the open areas of Bushy Park. They have to be on the alert in case one of the birds of prey, this morning it was a Musket (male Sparrowhawk) which can be a great stealth hunter.
Low level attacks could quite easily take out a Meadow Pipit
Lapwing: one was on the shore of Pen Ponds at 5.45am.
Common Tern: all the juvs were present and correct, one family were on the causeway.
The first I knew of the Lapwing was when it circled the lake chased by corvids.
Reed Warblers are still busy feeding young in the reed beds around the pools. The hard work is having an effect on the adults who are looking a bit shabby.
No bird news today, just a bit on insects.
Brown Argus: Not that I was able to get a photo it was just to flitty and it was b----- hot. I am not sure how common this species is in the London area but it was my first for the capital and what a beauty he was.
Not being an entomologist I have no idea what species these are. If you do please feel free to enlighten me.
On such a hot day feel sorry for tree teams that are getting dressed up in all this PPE to remove OPM nests. The top nest is barely the size of a tennis ball, while the one below is melon size.
This juvenile flew into a tree close to last years laid hedge on Dukes Head Passage. It sat there mewing for a while before taking off and coming close to the Iron Bridge.