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Wednesday, March 29, 2006


Wheatear: 4 birds present on the open spaces. 3 males one of which was partially leucistic, area 28. Chiffchaff: 2 birds present in the leaf yard wood, area 29. Meadow Pipit: 1 bird flew over. Pied Wagtail: 2 birds flew over. Redwing: 15 birds feeding in the leaf yard wood, area 29. Posted by Picasa

7 comments:

Castlehaven said...

Swift seen c0730 30/03/06 by Gloucester Gate
Totally off area, but 1 male Peregrine at the bottom of Gower Street a couple of days ago...

Tony Duckett said...

That swift beats the earliest date for that species by 21 days. If you look on www.regentsparkbirds.co.uk you will find a list of first and last dates.

The odd peregrine has been seen lately, we only put news out of birds that could be migrants, rather than birds that might be breeding. This just offers some protection as they are schedule 1 species.

Castlehaven said...

I take your point about protection - I didn''t get the impression that it had a nest - it was flying E to W...

But I think there are way more peregrines nesting than is "let on"!

Tony Duckett said...

Within urban London there are only 3 known breeding pairs two of those are vulnerable to disturbance by biulding work or the public. There is another site but the observers in that area have failed to watch the birds thouroughly enough to get evidence that they are trying and failing as the site is not suitble enough.
Belonging to the Peregrine Working Group some thought it might be worth getting birders to watch the skies away from the existing known territories to see if any other birds are present in the breeding season. Not birds that are regular winter visitors to favoured sites.
My assistant and I have watched the skies from rooftops and Primrose Hill and have only seen a handful of birds passing through our nearest territory.

Castlehaven said...

Strange... I know of at least two nests with birds breeding this year, and neither is at sites that have previously been identified - University of Westminster as one example.

I remember a few years ago, when "the only pair of peregrines" was that nesting at Battersea power station, my brother was happy watching two other nests in the City of London from his office!

Perhaps it is that there still isn't enough observation?

Tony Duckett said...

Are you saying that the two sites you know of Peregrines breeding this year are Battersea and the University.
If you know of any other sites apart from the one near the Dome I would be grateful if you could tell me there locations. Every year young are lost when they fledge unless there are people around who can take them up to the top of a siutable building. This means consulting with the owners of the biuldings the birds are nesting on. Contacting the Met Police Wildlife Crimes Unit and English Nature. Up until 2003 the only birds seen in central london were the ones around the Tate, those birds were proven to be the University birds. I am holding a Heron Weekend 1st & 2nd April 9.30 to 12.30 weather permiting, if you would like a chat.

Castlehaven said...

No: the two nests this year are elsewhere, and I believe that the RSPB is already aware of them. I know this as one is on a facility a relative manages. The pair have laid eggs. I won't talk over open means about this year's...
Previously, my brother has observed, at close range, a nest on St Bride's on several years. And another friend has seen a pair nesting on the Millenium Domw some eyars back - I can't get him to find the exact year.