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Monday, September 15, 2014

15th September

Bushy Park

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The entrance to Dukes Head Passage from the park. The area of scrub to the right of the gate is very good for passerines.

Common Buzzard: 1 possibly 2 in Oaks viewed from Dukes Head Passage.

Hobby: several birds hawking insects over the meadow.

Swallow: 12 flew east at 7.25am.

Meadow Pipit: one in the meadow.

Sedge Warbler: one by the sharp bend in the river along Dukes Head Passage.

Reed Warbler: one feeding in Sallows DHP.

Chiffchaff: 14 along the western boundary.

Regent’s Park

Common Buzzard: 2 thermaling high over the park at 3.25pm before moving of fast eastwards in a long glide.

Swallow: 20 flew west at 3.30pm.

Chiffchaff: 8 in the area 39.

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This Hornet made quick work of this little creature, there wasn’t much left for me to ID it by.

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This Leech was a bit of a whopper

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Friday, September 12, 2014

12th September

Regent’s Park

This afternoon I had an hour to kill before I had to collect my wife from work so chose to spend it skywatching. It looked promising for seeing a raptor or two apart from the fact that the clouds were circling the park. I had the misfortune of looking at clear blue skies, not ideal. There were birds moving but they were gulls, ferals and a handful of House Martins.

At 2.34 I picked up 2 very high large raptors. It was obvious that they were buzzards but not the same species. One had level, straighter longer looking wings, unlike the other bird which was soaring with wings in bowl shaped and angled upwards, which is typical of Common Buzzard. They then moved away from each other, so I watched what I believed was a Honey. The other bird briefly came in to view and above them and much higher, even though these birds were high was a skua.  I thought I would keep an eye on the Honey and try and contact Dave. Looking through the scope, trying to find his number was difficult. The bird was over the park but in the clear blue sky. His phone rang and rang but I he didn’t answer (I just found out it didn’t ring at his end). While doing this I lost the bird for about 30 seconds but luckily latched on to it again. In the clear sky I was able to see that it was a dark juvenile. This is the first time that I have skywatched in the park since my position in The Royal Parks changed.

Honey Buzzard: a juvenile flew east at 2.35pm.

Common Buzzard: one drifted north at 2.35pm.

Skua sp: a very high bird was seen briefly at 2.40pm

Whinchat: one flew over the Open Spaces at 2.55pm.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

10th September

Regent’s Park

Swallow: 10 flew SW this afternoon.

House Martin: 6 flew SW. 

Yellow Wagtail: one flew west.

Grey Wagtail:

Northern Wheatear: one was on the Cricket Squares this morning.

Blackcap: 3 in the Old Golf & Tennis School, area 39.

Chiffchaff: 6 in area 39.

Willow Warbler: 1 with the Chiffchaffs.

Spotted Flycatcher: 3 in trees just east of area 39.

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Two of the 3 flycatchers in area 39.

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Monday, September 08, 2014

8th September

Bushy Park

Common Buzzard: 2 roosting in Oaks in the Brewhouse Meadow, viewable from Dukes Head Passage.

Hobby: 2 birds also viewable from Dukes Head Passage.

Green Sandpiper: one heard flying but not seen because of mist close to but not on the Scrape.

Meadow Pipit: 14 flew west in one flock.

Richmond Park

Common Buzzard: one was soaring over the middle road at 9.50am.

Kingfisher: one flew over Pen Ponds.

Regent’s Park

Common Buzzard: one drifted slowly NE at 2.05pm.

Swallow: 12 flew through, some heading south others going north. These birds were very high indeed meaning that there were probably a lot more that went unseen.

Whinchat: 3 on Chat Bush area 36.

Meadow Pipit: 6 flew west.

Yellow Wagtail: one flew SW.

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The early morning misty really shows how many spiders are present.

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Common Buzzard Richmond Park

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Whinchats in Regent’s Park on and around the Chat Bush

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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

3rd September

Bushy Park

I started out here today in overcast conditions. The sun tried to break through several times but was beaten back by the cloud until lunchtime.

I popped to look for the Hobby’s but the light was poor. There were less migrants on show in the area today, the adult Hobby flew past  allowing me to get a record shot.

While here I had a couple of texts from Regent’s Park, one was a report of a juv Cuckoo in area 20, which was apparently scared off by a child screaming. There was also a Whinchat on the chat bush and a female/juv Bullfinch in Queen Mary’s Gardens.

Spotted Flycatcher: 2 in area 17 for their 2nd day; 1 in area 39 and another in area 41.

 

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This stag must have been tarting himself up ready for the rut, he also bellowed a few times.

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Regent’s Park

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I planted the chat bush hoping to attract this group of birds to the park. They have been very successful, although Stonechat is still a rare visitor.

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When I got to the park in the afternoon there were 2 Whinchats.

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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

2nd September

Bushy Park

A bird of prey day, at one time there were 11 birds of 4 species. All were seen on the western side of the park.

Common Buzzard: 2 migrants and the resident pair.

Sparrowhawk: a pair thermaling.

Kestrel: adult female with one of her offspring.

Hobby: an adult and 2 juvs were looking for food at 12.00pm .

Snipe: I flushed one fro long grass by the scrape.

Swallow: 140 were feeding over the Brewhouse Meadow.

House Martin: 40+ were with the Swallows.

Sand Martin: 6 with the other hirundines.

Reed Warbler: at least 8 feeding in bushes just north of Dukes Head Passage.

Blackcap, Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs were also present.

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There is a small group Red Deer in the Brewhouse that behave like truly wild deer. The stag and I bumped into each other, well almost, he quickly turned and ran off into dense cover.

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Sparrowhawk out thermaling 2 Buzzards

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4 slightly different looking Reed Warblers

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