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Monday, December 25, 2006

25th December

Wishing Everyone a Merry Xmas and Happy New Year.

I will be back in the new year.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

23rd December

Woodcock: One was seen by one lucky observer in area 24. This species must go unnoticed due to their nocturnal behaviour. They are normally only seen when flushed.

I am glad to have others sending me details of unusual sightings(not resident species).

Friday, December 22, 2006

22nd December

Water Rail: The bird is still present in area 2.
Little Owl: 2 birds in trees between areas 10 and 11 before flying towards biuldings.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

20th December

Water Rail: The bird was seen several times from 1.00pm onwards in area 2.
Goldfinch: 2 birds are using the new feeder in the cricket pen, area 24.

Monday, December 18, 2006

18th December

Water Rail: The bird showed well throughout the day in area 2, view from RSPB notice by the blue bridge.
Great crested Grebe: 3 on the lake.
Eygptian Goose: 1 pair present.
Gadwall: 1o birds on the lake.
Ruddy Duck: 8 birds on the lake.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Saturday, December 16, 2006

16th December

Water Rail: 1 bird still in area 2.
Tawny Owl: 2 or 3 birds in area 1 at 6.30am calling and flying just inside the grounds of the American Ambassador.

Friday, December 15, 2006

15th December

Watrer Rail: The bird showed well between 8.30am and 9.00am, feeding and chasing off Blackbirds in channel behind reed bed in area 2.
Ring-necked Parakeet: 1 flew in from the direction of Hampstead Heath at 11.00am. It landed briefly in trees by the lake before being moved on by crows.
Goosander: There are now 3 pinioned females on the main lake and 1 in area 26. So if any wild birds should turn up you now know how many to count.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

13th December

Whooper Swans coming for breakfast

Yellow legged Gull: The adult was on the lake from 11.00am until mid-day at least.
Eygptian Goose: The pair were roosting on the vent in area 6 at 6.15am.
Little Grebe: 2 very confiding birds were by the path fishing for Sticklebacks, area 6.
Tawny Owl: 1 was roostin in ivy on an ash tree, just behindthe fence in area 29.
Redwing: 3 singles flew north before 9.00am.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

12th December

Water Rail: 1 still in reed bed area 2.
Great Spotted Woodpecker: 1 pair was displaying in area 26. Playing hide and seek on the trees on the isalnds.
Eygptian Goose: 1 pair in area 26. At 6.15am they were roosting on the air vent that sticks out of the lake near to Clarence Gate.

Monday, December 11, 2006

10th December

Water Rail: The bird is still present in reeds near Hanover Bridge, area 2.
Stock Dove: 12 birds feeding in garden by St Marks Bridge, area 34.

Friday, December 08, 2006

8th December

Water Rail: 1 bird seen in channel behind reed bed by Hanover Bridge, area 2 between 8.00am and 9.00am.
Yellow legged Gull: 1 on posts briefly at 1.20pm.
Pintail: 1 drake by north end of island area 5, part of feral population in the London area.
Goldcrest: 6 birds feeding in the rose wheel, area 12. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, December 07, 2006

7th December

Little Grebe: They must be like busses. After yesterdays bird found on a road, another one was picked up this afternoon.
Redwing: 8 birds were seen around area 1. They were probably feeding in The American Ambassadors residence.
Common Pheasant: The cock bird was seen again in area 9, by the college.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

5th December

Birds in the park are much the same as last reported.
Tawny Owls: 2 males can be heard during the hours of darkness, 1 in area 7 and another that has a territory that takes in areas 2 to 29.

Today I was on buisiness in the New Forest and managed to get down to the coast at Milford on Sea. Wind was a strong south westerly.
Birds seen included: 2 Leach's Petrels, 1ad Sabines Gull and a Peregrine out to sea carrying a possible Leach's.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

30th November

Siskin: 2 birds flew east at 7.50am.
Goldfinch: 5 birds around the feeding station, area 24.
Redwing: single birds heard in several areas of the park.
Wood Pigeon: 550 birds flew NE in small flocks of up to 100 birds.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

28th November

Common Pheasant: This bird turned up in area, 10 a very odd record.
It has not escaped from the Zoo and is unlikely to be a pet, even though it is very approachable. Posted by Picasa

Monday, November 27, 2006

27th November

After the weekends heavy rain, the lake is higher than it has been for more than 4 years.
As I have said previously these atlantic systems are bad news for any birds moving through the park. However the mild temperatures are encouraging more birds to sing.

Tawny Owl: 1 was looking for worms on the ground or perched in the small trees that border The American Ambassadors Residence between area 1 and 31 at 6.45am. Later it was roosting in a Holly Tree.
Redwing: 12 birds in 1's and 2's flew through or perched briefly in berry laden trees before moving on.
Goldcrest: 8 birds were feeding in the rose wheel in Queen Mary's at 7.50am , area 12.

Friday, November 24, 2006

24th November

Tawny Owl: 2 males were calling in areas 2 and 7 at 6.30am. Lets hope the male in area 7 can attract a mate. We have not had two pairs breeding in the park since 1990.
Stonechat: 1 flew SW at 7.45am.
Ruddy Duck: 8 birds in there favourite wintering area N of area 5.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

22nd November

Little Owl: 1 calling at 5.30am and from 5.00pm in Queen Mary's in area 14.
Goldcrest: 12 birds in several locations, best looked for in Queen Mary's and
along canal banks.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

18th November

The past week has been very quiet in the park, with nothing outstsanding seen. These Atlantic weather systems seldom bring any birds of note. There is still the odd Chiffchaff and Blackcap, Goldcrests can be seen especially around the entrance to Queen Mary's Gardens, area 12. There is also a chance that the Firecrest is still present in the areas surrouding the Bandstand. The Tit flock has been present all week, but viewing them has been harddue to the brisk wind and rain.

Today; 12 Mandarins.
24 Red Crested Pochards.
1 Pintail.
5 Ruddy Ducks.
1 Pair Eygptian Geese.
2 Little Grebes.
5 Great Crested Grebes. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

8th November

A small movement of birds were noticed up until 9.00am. We also thought it was time to look for one of our favourite visitors the Firecrest. So when we bumped into the Tit flock near the bandstand, an area where this species has turned up in the past. With a mixture of deciduos and evergreen trees and shrubs it seems to suit crests. We stood back as up to 50 Long-tailed, Blue and Great tits moved past. Not a crest in sight then a small bird landed in a Hawthorn, focusing as quickly as possible as the image grew clearer there she was a female Firecrest.
Just as I got Dave on to it she was off, landing briefly then moving off with the other birds across to the island. We could not relocate it after that.

Firecrest: 1 female in area 7.
Brambling: 1 was seen and heard flying close to the feeding station, area 24.
Redwing: 22 birds flying in small groups or on their own SW to NW.
Fieldfare: 1 bird flew SW calling.
Starling: 90 birds W in three flocks.
Chaffinch: 56 birds W.
Common Gull: 4 birds on the lake 3 ads ,1 1st winter.
Little Grebe: 2 birds on the lake.
Mandarin Duck: 12 birds on the north side of the island in area 5.
Gadwall: 7 birds on the lake.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

7th November

Another quiet day, but good views if a liitle to short of one bird.

Water Rail: After a couple of short looks into the channel behind the reeds, area 2. It wasn't until we went to lunch that we saw the bird showing really well. Only the sixth recording for the park.
Brambling: A male dropped into Queen Mary's at 7.50am but flew from one tree to another before heading towards the feeding station in area 24.
Chiffchaff: 1 was on the island nearest to the bridge in area 26.

6th November

With a full moon in mid November, dawn (top) and early evening (bottom) migrants from Europe flood into the UK, winds permitting. Unfortunately we have an NW breeze and ideally you need one from the eastern sector. Never mind we had a couple of decent birds today.

Water Pipit: 1 flew low SW calling at 7.25am.
Water Rail: 1 was found in a channel behind the reed bed near Hanover Bridge. It was eating small frogs mid afternoon.
Redwing: 3 birds flew west.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

5th November

Skywatching from 7.30am until 8.45am produced;

Fieldfare: 9
Redwing: 1
Siskin: 4
Linnet: 1
Lesser Redpoll: 1
Goldfinch: 6
Chaffinch: 70
Collared Dove: 1
WoodPigeon: 490

Saturday, November 04, 2006

4th November

Visble migration had slowed,due to a NW breeze blowing.

Great Black-backed Gull: 2 flew SE at 8.30am.
Wood Pigeon: 4oo birds passed overhead in various directions.
Collared Dove: 2 singles were in with the woodies.
Starling: 280 birds headed W.
Woodlark: 1 flew low E at 9.00am.
SKylark: 3 birds flew NE.
Fieldfare: 170 birds W before 8.30am.
Chaffinch: 250 birds W in small groups.
Goldfinch: 6 birds over.
Siskin: 6 birds flew W.
Linnet: 1 bird W.

Friday, November 03, 2006

3rd November

Wood Pigeons (top) and Fieldfare (bottom)

Today was again another good day for visual migration. In the end numbers could not match yesterdays immpressive movements. A full moon at this time of year can cause large numbers of Woodcock to leave scandinavia. We skywatched from 7.00am until 8.30am when the bright sky was making it hard to pick birds out.

Kittiwake: 1 adult flew west at 7.50am.
Ring Ouzel: 1m was chased low to the ground by a Sparrowhawk at 9.00am.
Fieldfare: 635 flew west.
Redwing: Only 60 birds were seen after dawn, birds had been heard during the night.
Skylark: 2 birds flew E.
Starling: 225 birds flew W.
Meadow Pipit: 3 birds flew NE.
Brambling: 2 birds were seen amongst a large flock of Fieldfares.
Wood Pigeon: 550 birds headed SW.
Chiffchaff: 1 was present in area 29, calling loudly. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, November 02, 2006

2nd November

A spectacular 2 hours of visible migration from 7.00am through till 9.00am.
The wind was a light northerly, with bright sunshine (maybe to much sun) with the odd patch of cloud. The thrushes and starlings were moving west and the other birds mainly SW.

Fieldfare: 1750
Redwing: 730
Ring Ouzel: 1
Song Thrush: 3
Skylark: 10
Meadow Pipit: 5
Starling: 200
Wood Pigeon: 230
Chaffinch: 55
Greenfinch: 40
Lesser Redpoll: 1

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

1st November

Fieldfare: 45 birds flew west.
Redwing: 12 birds in 1's and 2,s.
Wood Pigeon: 2500 birds flew SW.
Stock Dove: 45 birds were mixed in with the woodies.
Common Teal: 2 drakes were in area 5 close to the island.
Common Gull: 1 2nd winter bird on the lake.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

31st October

Peregrine Falcon: 1 soared just E of the park at 9.45am.
Redwing: 50+ roosted in evergreens close to the lake in area 7.
Sparrowhawk: This male has taken to perching by the feeders at Hanover Bridge, area1. Posted by Picasa

Monday, October 30, 2006

30th October

A good variety of birds on passage.

Jack Snipe: 1 was flushed from a ditch in the wetland pen at 3.30pm.
Water Rail: 1 seen in the wetland pen, area 25 at 11.40am.
Snipe: 1 looked as if it was dropping down into area 25 at 7.50am.
Woodlark: 1 flew very low W at 11.20am.
Fieldfare: 16 birds west, the first record of the autumn.
Redwing: 110 birds W.
Song Thrush: 2 birds W.
Meadow Pipit: 14 birds W.
Grey Wagtail: 2 birds SW.
Pied Wagtail: 4 birds SW.
Collared Dove: A group of 5 flew W at 8.35am.
Wood Pigeon: 900 flew SW.
Siskin: 2 birds flew W, also the first autumn record.
Greenfinch: 60 birds W.
Chaffinch: 120 flew W.
Goldfinch: 12 birds flew SW.
Starling: 315 flew W.
Jackdaw: 16 birds in three groups.
Scandinavian Herring Gull: 1 flew E at 9.15am.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

27th October

Lesser Redpoll: 2 flew W.
Skylark: 1 flew W.
Brambling: 10 flew W.
Chaffinch: 20+ flew W.
Wood Pigeon: 1600+ SW.

26th October

Redwing: 350+ flew SW to W before 9.00am.
Skylark: 1 flew W.
Brambling: 5 birds flew W.
Song Thrush: 12 birds W.
Blackbird: 100+ were mixed in with the Redwing flocks.
Wood Pigeon: 2000+ flew SW.

25th October

Swallow: 1 juv fed above the open spaces.
Wood Pigeon: 550+ flew SW in large flocks.
Skylark: 1 flew SW.
Goldfinch: 30+ flew W.
Greenfinch: 50 W.
Chaffinch: 40 W.
Pied Wagtail: 10 birds present.
Lesser Redpoll: 1 flew W.
Starling: 1500 flew W.
Meadow Pipit: 10 birds W.

All these birds were seen before rain arrived at 9.00am.

24th October

Skylark: 2 flew W.
Wood Pigeon: 100+ flew SW at 1.15pm.

23rd October

Water Rail: 1 was present in the Wetland, area 25. It was heard at 6.00am and then seen in the evening. It could have been present for several days.
Lesser Redpoll: 1 flew west.

29th October Back after a week away, guess where

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I am back after a week away, I missed several mornings of visible migration. That was a shame as there is nothing better than flocks of birds moving over the park.
I had a reasonable week away, can you guess where? The highlights being Mediterranean Shearwaters, 2 Sabines Gulls,Spotted Sandpiper, Surf Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Richards Pipit, Yellow-browed Warbler, Englands only breeding Choughs and the best cream teas ever.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

17th October

Again visible migration disappointing

Song Thrush: 74 birds in two flocks flew W prior to 8.00am. This is a park record.
Redwing: 6 birds W in 1's and 2's.
Goldfinch: 6 birds W.
Greenfinch: 30 birds W.
Meadow Pipit: 1 bird W.

In the park; 1 Chiffchaff, 14 Goldcrests, 14 Shovelers and 1 drake Teal.

Monday, October 16, 2006

16th October

Early morning mist again hampered visabilty.

Redwing: 144 birds seen in 9 flocks prior to 8.30am.
Starling: 60 birds flew W.
Chiffchaff: 1 present in area 29.
Tawny Owl: 1 very vocal bird was alongside the lake, area 6 at 6.30am.

Friday, October 13, 2006

13th October

Hobby: 1 juv flew low S at 1.30pm.
Redwing: 2 singles flew W.
Song Thrush: 10 birds flew N in two groups.
Meadow Pipits: 4 singles flew SW.
Pied Wagtail: 6 birds SE in 1's and 2's.
Blackcap: 1 male in area 6.
Chiffchaff: 2 singles in areas 6 and 24.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

12th October

Visible migration picked up as the wind began to move to an eastern sector.

Greenland Wheatear: 1 in area 28 from 9.30am.
Swallow: 1 flew S.
Redwing: 38 birds W in small flocks from 7.00 am til 9.30am.
Song Thrush: 18 birds W in 2's and 3's.
Skylark: 9 birds W in three groups.
Meadow Pipit:13 birds, with the odd bird attempting to land. Dog walkers soon move them on.
Pied Wagtail: 7 birds SE.
Grey Wagtail: 3 birds SE.
Starling: 76 birds W before
Chaffinch: 64 birds W.
Greenfinch: 44 birds W.
Goldfinch: 16 birds SW.
Lesser Redpoll: 2 birds W at 11.00am.
Rook: 1 flew W at 8.05am.
Shoveler: 25 birds on the lake.
Pintail: 1 duck in area 5.

Monday, October 09, 2006

9th October

Winds still from the wrong direction, so very little visible migration.

Song Thrush: 12 birds flew SW to NW the largest gruop contained 3 birds.
Swallow: 26 birds in dribs and drabs.
Meadow Pipit: 8 singles flew over in various directions.
Grey Wagtail: 2 birds flew SW at 7.15am.
Pied Wagtail: 4 birds feeding on cricket square.
Goldfinch: A flock of seven flew SW at 7.45am.
Shoveler: 12 birds around the island in area 5.
Common Teal: 1 in the Nature Study Centre, usually at the far end of the lake. Wild Teal look very nervy even when they mix with the collection birds.
Gadwall: A pair in area 5.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

8th October

The last three days have been very quiet ,with very little visible migration. Todays patchy cloud improved the chance of some sightings.

Reed Bunting: 1 flew W calling at 8.10am.
Meadow Pipit: 12 birds flew W.
Chiffchaff: 1 in the Leaf Yard Wood, area 29.
Goldcrest: 4 birds along boundary to area 29.
Large raptor sp: A very high large raptor dissappeared into the cloud before I had the chance to get my bins on to it, at 12.10pm.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

5th October

Bullfinch: 1 dropped into area 26, just as heavy drizzle started at 12.40pm. My first Bullfinch down for 10 years.
It was later flushed from a berry bush.
Redwing: 1 dropped into a Pine Tree at 9.20am.
Meadow Pipit: 25 birds in small groups prior to 10.00am.
Goldfinch: 16 birds flew W.
Common Teal: 2 drakes are present amongs the collection Teal in area 1.
Northern Shoveler: 14 birds are present on the lake.
Mandarin Duck: 16 birds on the island in area 5.
Eygptian Goose: The roving pair are back in area 26.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

4th October

Ring Ouzel: 1 circled above Winfield House at 7.50am before appearing to drop into the Leaf Yard, area 29.
Greenland Wheatear: The male was again present around the Hub first thing before moving to the trees at the site of the old pavilion.
Linnet: 18 flew SW.
Meadow Pipit: 45 birds flew SW, some dropping in briefly.
Goldfinch: 55 birds passed through in small flocks.
Swallow: 36 birds flew SW.House Martin: 6 birds flew SW.
Chiffchaff: 3 birds were around area 12.
Pied Wagtail: 5 birds again fed on the small cricket square, just W of the Hub, area 28.