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Thursday, April 06, 2006

6th April


Sand Martin: 2 birds flew NE at 12.40pm.
Willow Warbler: 1 was singing in shrubbery along side the bandstand, area 8.
Chiffchaff: 4 birds sing in several areas, mainly 1 & 29.
Reed Bunting: The male was present in bushes behind the reed bed area 26.
Sparrowhawk: 1 pair was displaying above the bandstand, area 7 .

6 comments:

Debbie Pledge said...

I've heard a chiffchaff singing in area 31, as well as area 29, every day this week.
Your photos of the chiffchaff are great: does it take a long time to find the bird and get a good picture? Especially a bird that seems to be constantly moving around.

Tony Duckett said...

Hi Debbie.
Sorry I have taken a while to answere your question. I have been birding in Norfolk.You were right about the chiffchaff in area 31. Digiscoping with my set up takes a bit of patience, but if you find that the bird has a routine it makes life a little easier.

Debbie Pledge said...

Thanks. I have a basic digital camera and am learning as I go. I don't have the time on my lunchbreaks to do much though.
If you are interested, I am fairly confident I saw a whitethroat near area 29 on Sunday morning. Came out of the undergrowth and pecked around same low bushes before flying away. (I also got my first view of a blackcap in 2006. It sang for quite a while). I did Minsmere on Saturday: 6 new birds!

rosie said...

Hi Tony.
11th April 11.30-1200. A pair of siskins feeding at the northern end of the lake area 26, loosely associating with a green finch flock. Also a wilow warbler in the trees between long bridge and the gate onto the inner circle. 10th April 11.00-11.30. Male reed bunting using the ground feeder area 24 & 3 willow warblers feeding between the goose pen and the trees both sides of the path opposite the theatre, area 25.

Tony Duckett said...

Hi Rose, thanks for the info. I thought you would be up at Highgate ponds unless you saw it yesterday.
Are you a member of Lea's 400 club yet.

rosie said...

Hi Tony. We are going to H.H. again later, having dipped yesterday, although we did see a wheatear,a redwing,3 w.warblers & 2 chiffchaffs. No we're not quite in that league yet! Maybe we should start the 200+ club- that is if we were counting!