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Thursday, July 31, 2014

31st July

Bushy Park

I managed to spend 30 minutes looking into the area of scrub just north of the gate into the park from Dukes Head Passage this morning.

Common Buzzard: 3 birds were mewing from different trees 80 metres north of Dukes Head Passage. In my humble opinion I wouldn’t have expected an adult to be so vocal. They eventually headed west in the Brewhouse Meadow. At 11.30 one was calling high over the Pheasantry Car Park, before slowly heading back westwards. 

Swallow: second broods were on the wing around the stables this morning.

Reed Warbler: one was feeding in a sallow close to the locked gate and at least 6 more were in a reed beds around the pools.

Common Whitethroat: 9 in the area of scrub.

Blackcap: 11 in the scrub area.

Chiffchaff: 6 also in the same area.

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Young Moorhen on the Scrape just as the sun rises high enough.

 

 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

30th July

Bushy Park

I was to busy to do much birding apart from when driving around with the tree team.

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Two slightly different views over London, again taken from Spankers Hill, Richmond Park.

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It is a shame that the Buzzard wasn’t as agile as the Peregrine and a more of those nasty green birds would be on the menu of another raptor.

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I had a unusual visitor join me for lunch

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

15th July

Bushy Park

Common Buzzard: 2 juveniles over the Round Plantation

Lapwing: one flew SW at 7.05am.

Chiffchaff: 8 birds were along the western boundary of the park.

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The grey skies of yesterday were replaced by a glorious sunrise over London

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One of the juvs taken yesterday over the Round Plantation

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

27th July

A first in Norfolk

I have just returned from 2 days in Norfolk and didn’t have time to do any birding. This is a first in the 50 years that I have been visiting the county.

I did see this nice hawk moth in my sister in-laws garden

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

24th July

Bushy Park

A couple of family groups of Skylarks were chasing around the Skylark Protection Zone.

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Predated on Oak Processionary Moth nest

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

23rd July

News or rather lack of news from the last couple of days. The highlight was the first obvious migrant.

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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.

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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.

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Lower Pen Ponds held on to the mist longer than Upper Pen Ponds, these photos were taken only a couple of minutes apart.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Low level attacks could quite easily take out a Meadow Pipit

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Monday, July 21, 2014

21st July

Richmond Park

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.

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The first I knew of the Lapwing was when it circled the lake chased by corvids.

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Bushy Park

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.

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