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Thursday, September 21, 2006

21st September


A very hot day with clear skies from dawn to dusk. Not the ideal conditions to see migrants in the park.
House Martin: 25 flew through.
Yellow Wagtail: 1 over at 8.20am.
Reed Bunting: 1 flushed from wild flowers, area 26.
Chiffchaff: 3 in Queen Mary's Gardens, area 12.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

20th September

Little Grebe: A very late pair near Hanover Bridge area 2 have hatched some young after failing several times earlier in the year.
Shoveler: 7 on the lake by area 5.
Spotted Flycatcher: 2 in area 29.
Chiffchaff: 4 birds with tit flocks.
Swallow: passge was alot lighter due to blustery SW winds, 60 flew through.
House Martin:80 flew through.
Meadow Pipit: 30 birds in small groups prior to 9.00am.
Wood Pigeon: 1150 were feeding on the open spaces, area 28 before to much disturbance moved them on.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

19th September

A good day for visible migration.
Redwing: 1 flew W at 7.30am, the first bird of the autumn.
Rock Pipit: A fairly scarce species seen 2or 3 times a year at best. 1 flew SW at 12.35pm.
Siskin: 3 birds(2&1 ) flew W.
Meadow Pipit: 35 flew W in small groups.
Goldfinch: A flock of 11 flew W.
Chaffinch: A small number flew W, these appeared not to be park birds.
House Martin: 280 birds flew SW throughout the day. The numbers moving slowed after 9.30am.
Swallow: 170 birds flew SW in what was a light passage that kept going throughout the day.
Spotted Flycatcher: 1 in area 29.
Chiffchaff: 6 birds dotted around the park.
Peregrine Falcon: 1 soared high over the southern section of the park at 12.50pm.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

17th September

Hobby: 1 flew north at 11.20am.
Sparrowhawk: 5 birds 2 probable migrants.
Spotted Flycatchers: 2 singles in areas 24 and 29.
Common Whitethroat: 1 male in area 29.
Chiffchaff: 5 seen in areas 24 and 29.
Blackcap: 3 seen in area 29.
Swallow: 6 birds flew through.
House Martin: 16 flew through.
Siskin: 3 birds flew NW at 11.40am.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

16th September


Turtle Dove: 1 was chased around the Leaf Yard , area 29 by a Magpie at 10.30am and disappeared into the wood.
Chiffchaff: 10 scattered around the park.
Blackcap: 1 in area 24.
House Martin: 30 drifting slowly through.
Reed Bunting: 1 in area 24.
Shoveler. 2 birds on the lake by the island area 5.

Friday, September 15, 2006

15th September


Tawny Pipit:??? A bird dropped in after calling once. D Johnson and I could not quite place it and the only birds we picked up from where we thought the call had come from were 2 Chaffinches. We knew the sound was one we have heard before but not in the park. Then it called again, as it took off from long grass. The chirrup of the House Sparrow but with elements similar to Yellow Wagtail, but not the same tone. We picked the bird up as it flew overhead, It was wagtail shape but the light conditions made it impossible to get any detail. We watched as the bird flew off towards another area of long grass but their were to many people around for it to come down. If only we'd had a good view.
Spotted Flycatcher: 4 birds in various areas but mobile.
Chiffchaff: 12 birds seen.
Willow Warbler: 3 birds seen.
Blackcap: 4 birds in areas 24 & 29.
Meadow Pipit: 4 birds flew over.
Swallow: 50 birds flew through.
House Martin: 90 birds passed through.
Grey Wagtail: 1 feeding in duck rearing boxes.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

14th September

Tree Pipit: 1 flew over mid morning.
Meadow Pipit: 7 birds flew W mid morning.
Reed Bunting: 2 birds feeding in the patches of wild flowers by area 26.
Common Whitethroat: 1 in brambles at the end of the lake in area 26.
Chiffchaff: 7 birds present.
Swallow: 15 birds over before 9.00am.
House Martin: 25 birds flew through.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

13th September

Spotted Flycatcher: 2 birds in area 29. One has a prominent tertial bar, and looks like a Pied Fly if seen at the wrong angle.
Yellow Wagtail: 1 flew NW .
Chiffchaff: 10 birds widely scatterred about the park.
Willow Warbler: 4 birds mainly in area 26.
Swallow: 20 birds flew through.
House Martin: 30 birds flew through.
Sparrowhawk: 2 singles that appeared to be passage birds flew S between 12.45pm and 1.15pm.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

12th September


Spotted Flycatcher: singles in areas 15 and 29.
Chiffchaff: 12 birds in the normal areas not all with the Tit flocks. There are two races now present Collybita and Abietinus.
Willow Warbler: 4 birds in area 26.
Kingfisher: 1 perched on a post on the main lake at 7.50am.
Grey Wagtail: 6 birds flew NE, not in one flock.
Swallow: 15 birds flew through at a very high altitude, 550 flew through at 3.15pm.
House Martin: 20 birds trickled through.
Yellow Wagtail: 1 over at 7.15am.
Tree Pipit: 1 perched in a tree in area 28 briefly.
Meadow Pipit: 2 birds flew west.

Monday, September 11, 2006

11th September

Kingfisher: 1 bird seen in the Longbridge sanctuary, area 26.
Spotted Flycatcher: 1 bird in area 26 at the NE end.
Chiffchaff: 15 birds in the usual locations.
Willow Warbler: 6 birds seen.
Blackcap: 3 in area 26 and 2 in area 29.
Common Whitethroat: 1 bathing in pool area 29.
Grey Wagtail: 1 over area 1.
Common Gull: 1 adult on the lake, our first bird of the autumn.

10th September

Pied Flycatcher: 1 in area 26, but elusive.
Spotted Flycatcher: 2 in area 26.
Willow Warbler: 10 bird maily in areas 24,26 and 29.
Chiffchaff: 6 birds in the same area as the above species.

9th September

Sorry for the gap in the sightings, I had the weekend in Norfolk. There it was fairly hot with a brisk SE wind on Saturday, that dropped to a very light SE on the Sunday. Passerines were thin on the ground though a couple of Barred Warblers put in an appearance. Sea watching in unfavourable winds produced 1 Long-tailed, 4 Pomarine, 8 Arctic and 5 Great Skuas, 2 Red Throated and 2 Black Throated Divers, Guillemots and Razorbills, hundreds of Gannets. The star bird that gave great views as it flew along the shore at Cley was a Grey Phalarope.

Whinchat: 1 on area 26 in the wild flower beds.
Spotted Flycatcher: 3 in area 15.
Sedge Warbler: 3 birds in the reed beds at the end of the island, area 26

Friday, September 08, 2006

8th September

Peregrine Falcon: 1 juvenlie soared above the north side of the park with prey for over 10 mins, at 12.30pm.
Sparrowhawk: 2 birds over the open spaces, area 28 while we sky watched.
Kestrel: 1 hovering over the lake annoying the House Martins.
Chiffchaff: 8 birds with the tit parties.
Spotted Flycatcher: 2 in area 15.
Swallow: 25 birds going in all directions.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

7th September




Marsh Harrier: 2 birds flew in at 12.25pm heading SSW. After passing over the park they hit a thermal, allowing a chance to view one of them clearly.
Wheatear: The fourth bird of what so far has been a bad passage for this species through the park was present on Cumberland Green, area 19.
Kingfisher: 1 bird in area 26, often perches on duck nest boxes.
Common Whitethroat: 1 in area 29.
Blackcap: 2 birds in area 24 and 2 in area 29.
Chiffchaff: 5 birds widely scattered.
Swallow: Only 3 birds today.
Grey Wagtail: 1 bird was around the Nature Study Centre (NSC), area 1

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

5th September

Arctic Tern: 2 birds flew SW at 8.10am.
Unidentified Raptor: while watching the terns flying away a large raptor was picked up in the distance over the City of London. It looked a goody but it was going SE.
Hobby: 1 tried to catch Martins over the lake at 8.45am.
Yellow Wagtail: 2 singles flew SW.
Wheatear: 1 flew SW with a Yellow Wag.
Grey Wagtail: 1 flew SW.
Swallow: 350 birds flew S prior to 11.00am, with a light passage afterwards.
Sand Martin: 10 birds were mixed in with Swallows.
House Martin: 150 birds moved through slowly.
Kingfisher: 2 birds still present, they can be seen anywhere between areas 1 and 26.
Reed Warbler: 2 birds in reeds by blue bridges, area 2.
Spotted Flycatcher: 5 birds, 2 in area 15 and 3 in area 29.
Lesser Whitethroat: 1 in area 29.
Blackcap: 4 in area 29.
Willow Warbler: 4 birds in area 29.
Chiffchaff: 10 birds in the two tit flocks.
Long- tailed Tit: the two flocks totaled at least 90 birds.

Monday, September 04, 2006

4th September




Kingfisher: 1 still present in the Longbridge Sanctuary, areas 25 & 26.
Lesser Whitethroat: 2 in area 29.
Common Whitethroat: 1 in area 29.
Blackcap: 1 in area 16 and 4 in area 29.
Spotted Flycatcher: 2 in area 29.
Willow Warbler: 6 birds in areas 16 and 29.
Chiffchaff: 4 birds in area 29.
Yellow Wagtail: 2 birds flew over.
Linnet: 1 bird flew over.
Swallow: 8 birds flew SW in small groups.
Sand Martin: 1 bird over the lake.
House Martin: 20+ birds mainly over the lake.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

3rd September


Kingfisher: 2 males present in areas 25 & 26.
Spotted Flycatcher: 2 birds behind St Johns Lodge, area 24.
Common Whitethroat: 1 bird in brambles in area 24.
Garden Warbler: 1 bird also in area 24.
Willow Warbler: 6 birds with the mobile Tit flock.
White Wagtail: 2 birds flew SW at 8.40am.
Grey Wagtail: 8 birds flew SW at 8.40am.
Sand Martin: 1 with H. Martins over the lake.
Swallow: 6 birds flew S at 7.45am.
Tawny Owl. 1 perched in Weeping Ash next to the row of tall Limes in area 29.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

2nd September

Greenshank: 1 flew SW at 8.00am.
Yellow Wagtail: 1 flew SW at 8.20am.
Kingfisher: 1 still present in areas 25 & 26.
Blackcap: 2 in area 24.
Willow Warbler: 1 in area 29.
House Martin: 30 birds feeding over the Zoo.

Friday, September 01, 2006

1st September

Kingfisher: 1 bird present in areas 25 & 26.
Sedge Warbler: 1 bird feeding in area of wildflower blocks, area 26.
Common Whitethroat: 1 in area 25.
Spotted Flycatcher: 1 in Leaf yard, area 29.
Willow Warbler: 3 in area 29.
Chiffchaff: 1 in cricket pen, area 24.
Reed Bunting: 1 in area 26 with sedge warbler.