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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.