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Thursday, November 27, 2014

27th November

Regent’s Park

Wigeon: a pair were on the eastern side of Heron Island.

Shoveler: 38 on the main lake.

Gadwall: 18 on the main lake.

Teal: 3 on the Bandstand Island.

Woodcock: one was flushed in area 41 this morning.

Tawny Owl: a bird is roosting in the tall pollarded Willow near Long Bridge as he/she did last year.

Redwing: several birds were feeding on berries in the park.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

24th November

Regent’s Park

I spent today here today assisting my old colleague and counting waterfowl.

There were a couple of species seen that are worth reporting.

Redwing: at least 75 birds headed west in small flocks, some had clearly roosted overnight.

Chiffchaff: one was in area 33.

Lesser Redpoll: 2 flew east over the Cricket Pen.

Reed Bunting: at least one bird was feeding in the reed bed in area 2 just west of the rail ditch.

Wood Pigeon: 140 headed north-east.

Jackdaw: one was on the Bandstand Island, area 7.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

20th November

Bushy Park

Today I was working with the rest of the Ecology Team and a couple of other members of staff from the Royal Parks. We were removing some of the aquatic vegetation from the Scrape and channels that link the pools in the Brew House Meadow. The weather could not have been better; no rain, not to warm and even the sun put shone for us.

Mandarin Duck: one’s and two’s were commuting between the Woodland Gardens and the copse near the Water Gardens. A flock of 8 flew over on one occasion.

Common Buzzard: one put in an appearance at lunchtime.

Sparrowhawk: one hunted the area several times, causing much concern amongst the Jackdaws and Parakeets.

Kestrel: it was good to see the pair that breed on the western side were still present.

Stonechat: one was by the scrape when we arrived to start work there.

Cettis Warbler: one was again singing just north of the entrance from Dukes Head Passage into the park.

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Some of the work party get stuck into removing some Bulrushes that were obstructing one of the Kingfisher banks that were built last winter and will be finished this winter.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

19th November

Bushy Park

Common Buzzard: one flew from the line of Oaks in the Brew House Meadow towards the Woodland Gardens.

Kingfisher: one was on the Scrape.

Stonechat: a male was perched on the Bulrushes in the Scrape.

Redwing: 180+ flew west prior to 9.00am.

Cettis Warbler: one was singing in scrub at the eastern end of Dukes Head Passage at 8.30am.

Reed Bunting: at least 6 were feeding in the reed beds in the Brew House Meadows.

Yesterday I was in Kensington Gardens

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This Jay was looking for a peanut that another bird had just hidden.

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The eyes of a Cormorant are almost as stunning as one of my favourite birds the Gannet

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

11th November

Bushy Park

Teal: 3 on the scrape.

Gadwall: 18 on Heron Pond.

Red crested Pochard: 14 on Heron Pond.

Common Snipe: 1 on the scrape.

Skylark: 8 birds south of Upper Lodge Road.

Kingfisher: one perched on branch in the scrape.

Fieldfare: one perched briefly on the top of a Poplar in the Woodland Gardens.

Redwing: 18 flew west.

Stonechat: a pair in Bracken south of Upper Lodge Road.

Cettis Warbler: one singing in scrub just north of Dukes Head Passage.

Chiffchaff: one calling just south of the Iron Bridge.

Siskin: one flew north over the Woodland Gardens.

Reed Bunting: 2 by the Scrape.

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Sunrise from my office

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On the hunt for amphibians

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In the end he just couldn’t eat the last berry on the tree, her sad look was just to much.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

10th November

Richmond Park

I had a few minutes between meetings this morning so I thought I would add a new species to my London list.

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This is the first time also that I have seen a Dartford Warbler in a tree.

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This birds was calling and singing in the bracken or long sedge grass on the southern half of Lawn Field.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

6th November

Regent’s Park

I noticed a small movement of birds over my garden this morning. These included 2 Lapwings that flew NW at 8.42am before returning at 8.48am but heading towards the east.

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One of the 6 Fieldfares that flew west and one of 10 Blackbirds that also flew in the same direction but singularly.

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I thought taking a short stroll by the lake may make me feel better, staying indoors was making my headache worse.

There were a handful of Meadow Pipits heading west, however I was surprised to see 2 Stonechats heading north west.

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Post Wars

Unless you are one of the larger species of gull and an adult, it is hard to hold on your post.

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