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Saturday, March 31, 2007

31st March

Chiffchaff singing from area 29.

Blackcap: 1m still in the rose garden.
Chiffchaff: 2 singles in area 1 and 29.
Little Grebe: 1 pair nest building in area 2.

Friday, March 30, 2007

31st March

Blackcap: 1 male was singing from the Mediterranean border in area 12.
Chiffchaff: 3 males were singing from areas 1,9 and 29.
Redwing: 20 birds roosted overnight, twelve in area 10 and eight in area 29.
Meadow Pipit: 2 birds flew north.
Mandarin Duck: 3 pairs are looking for nest sites, high in the trees in area 26.
Red crested Pochard: several groups of males were chasing single females high over the lake.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

29th March

Blackcap: 1 male singing from within the grounds of the Holme, area 13.
Chiffchaff: 3 birds singing from areas 1, 7 and 29.
Redwing: 14 birds flew north at 11.40am.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

28th March

Water Rail: showing on and off in the ditch in area 2.
Reed Bunting: male singing from area 2 at 6.50am.
Chiffchaff: 2 birds singing in areas 1 and 29.
Meadow Pipit: 1 flew north.

27th March

Kestrel hovering by the east bank, Cley
Lapwing feeding by the east bank, Cley.
Avocet swimming at Titchwell.
Green-winged Teal, Titchwell.
Woodlark singing at Mayday Farm

I am sorry that know sightings have been posted lately. The reason for this is mainly that things are fairly quiet and though the wind did veer towards the east it had swung around from the north. From that directions not many migrants are likely to be directed towards the UK.

I have also spent the last two days in Norfolk. On the way up on the Monday a friend and I stopped at a Breckland site and had views of a Goshawk, 7 singing Woodlarks and a Bill Oddie. Driving on towards the Norfolk coast we stopped to look at a flock of Waxwings. At Cley are target was soon found, in the form of 5 Shorelarks, the Marsh Harriers displayed over the reserve. The afternoon was spent first at Sandringham where 5 Buzzards, a pair of Sparrowhawks displayed and a female Golden Pheasant fed by the road. The end of the day was spent at Titchwell looking at the Green-winged Teal plus Cettis Warblers, Bittern, Barn Owl and the usual spring birds on the reserve.

The following day was slightly misty, making long distance scanning difficult. With very little to hold us at the coast we headed back to the Brecks. Lynford Arboretum produced 2 Firecrests and displaying Siskins. At Mayday Farm more Woodlarks, 2 male Bramblings drank from a puddle but the local Goshawks failed to show. Heading homewards from here we stopped to look at Hares in a field and saw another of the Breckland specialities 7 Stone Curlews.

A good 2 days with a 103 species seen

Sunday, March 25, 2007

24th March

Water Rail: feeding in the ditch at the end nearest the bridge, area 2.
Yellow legged Gull: An adult seen on a post.
Chiffchaff: 2 singles in areas 1 and 29.
Meadow Pipit: 3 birds flew north at 9.50am.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

22nd March

Reed Bunting: 1 male feeding in the grass close to the bridge at 7.40am, area 2.
Kestrel: A pair mating on willow stump, area 25 at 6.15am.
Goldfinch: 12 birds feeding in the gardens by St Marks Bridge, area 34.
Great Crested Grebe: 4 pairs on the lake.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

21st March

The first day of spring, and a chilly one at that.
I was away on business this morning, not returning until 2.00pm.

Buzzard: 1 flew north-east at 2.10pm.
Redwing: birds were heard calling from the evergreen trees in the tennis courts at 6.00pm, area 10.
Stock Dove: 31 birds feeding in the garden by St Marks Bridge, area 34 this afternoon.

Monday, March 19, 2007

19th March

Water Rail: The bird in the reeds in area 2 showed briefly at 7.15am.
Reed Bunting: The male was singing from the reeds in area 2 at 6.20am. He tends to sing during the first couple of hours of daylight.
Redwing: Still a couple of birds feeding in area 29. A small flock of 15 roosted in evergreen trees in area 10.
Little Grebe: 5 birds are present on the lake.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

17th March

Reed Bunting in reed bed by Hanover Bridge, area 2.
Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly, the first of the year in area 29.
Wood Mouse under the feeding station in area 29.

Water Rail: 1 eating tadpoles in the wetland scrape, area 26.
Reed Bunting: 1 pair in area 2 and a male singing in the wetland pen, area 25.
Chiffchaff: 1 singing behind the nature study centre, area 1.
Great Crested Grebe: 3 pairs and 2 singles on the lake.
Little Grebe: 3 birds trilling on the lake.
Ring-necked Parakeet. 1 on the feeders in area 29.

Friday, March 16, 2007

16th March

Little Bunting at Amwell

Chiffchaff: 4 birds singing from areas 1, 7, 9 and 25.
Blackcap: 1 bird singing from the grounds of the Holme, area 7.
Reed Bunting: 1 female in area 2 at 7.00am.
Redwing: 4 single birds flying NE before 8.00am.
Little Grebe: 3 birds on the lake.

I had to go out on business in the morning, this gave me a chance to call in at Amwell.
The Little Bunting appeared after 4 minutes.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

15th March

Linnet: 2 singles flew over pm.
Redwing: 1 flew north-east.

Late news for yesterday:
1 Robin fledgling by the Nature Study Centre.
Woodcock: 1 was flushed from area 14 at 5.00pm.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

14th March

Redwing: 3 feeding on the floor in the scrub in area 29.
Collared Dove: 1 flew east at 7.10am.
Peregrine Falcon: 1 soared high above the open spaces at 12.50pm.
Sparrowhawk: 1 presumed migrant flew high northwards at 12.45pm.
Ring-necked Parakeet: 1 flying around from 7.30am until 8.15am.

Comma Butterfly: 2 in area 29.
Brimstone: singles in area 1 and 26.
Red Admiral: 5 seen in areas 1, 14 and 29.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

13th March

Dawn in the park, on another calm day.
Kestrel female in area 25.
Green Woodpecker playing hide and seek.

Woodcock: 1 flew over Nursery Lodge at 6.45am, and then it or another bird flew from that area at 3.00pm, area 14.
Reed Bunting: A male was in the reed bed in area 2 at 7.30am.
Redwing: Two groups of 20 and 30 birds roosted in areas 13 and 29.
Jackdaw: 1 flew NE at 7.10am.
Sparrowhawk: A pair were seen displaying in area 1.
Peregrine Falcon: A bird soared high above area 1 at 1.00pm.
Little Grebe: 2 trilling males were on the lake.

Monday, March 12, 2007

12th March

Water Rail: A different bird was in the wetland scrape, area 25.
Reed Bunting: A male in the reed bed next to the boat house cafe at 7.50am. This was a different male to the one that has previously seen.
Jackdaw: 1 flew NE at 7.55am.
Chiffchaff: 1 was singing near the Open Air Theatre, area 14.
Stock Dove: 29 came to feed in the garden by St Marks Bridge this afternoon, area 34.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

10th March

Woodcock: One bird was flushed from the leaf yard wood, area 29 at 9.20am and flew towards the American Ambassadors residence. Then this or another bird was flushed from a different part of the wood at 3.00pm.
Reed Bunting: The male was calling from area 2 this morning.
Blackcap: A male was singing in area 29.

Friday, March 09, 2007

9th March

Jackdaw: 1 flew north at 7.50am over area 28.
Blackcap: A male was singing inside the Secret Garden, area15.
Goldfinch: 14 birds seen in areas 14, 24, 29 and 34.
Great Black-backed Gull: 1 flew high NW at 3.10pm.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

8th March

Stock Dove under feeders in area 29.
Stock Dove next to Feral Rock Dove in area 29
Stock Dove in garden by St Marks Bridge, area 34.

Jackdaw: 1 flew NE at 8.00am.
Redwing: 8 birds roosted in a Holly in area 8.
Siskin: A male was on the Goldfinch feeders in area 24 this afternoon.
Chiffchaff: 1 in area 29.
Blackcap: 1 in area 29.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

7th March

Mediterranean Gull: A 2w/2s was on the lake from 8.30am until 8.40am. The gulls were spooked by the alarm calls of crows, large number of gulls began to thermal. Then a large majority of the gulls then left the park. This was probably the bird that had been seen in Hyde Park.
Jackdaw: 5 birds flew over, 4 heading NE and 1going SW this bird may have landed amongst the crows near the boathouse cafe.
Reed Bunting: The male was in the reed bed in area 2 this afternoon.
Meadow Pipit: 4 birds flew over.
Redwing: 10 birds flew NE.
Water Rail: Showing well at 5.30pm.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

6th March

Sparrowhawk eating Feral Pigeon at the feeding station in area 24.

Water Rail: Showed on and off in area 2.
Reed Bunting: A male in reed bed area 2 in the afternoon.
Meadow Pipit: The first of the spring flew over at 9.20am.
Redwing: 2 birds fed on the ground with two Mistle Thrushes close to the zoo in area 22.
Common Teal: A drake by the north side of area 5.

Monday, March 05, 2007

5th March

Water Rail: Still present in channel in area 2 this morning.
Reed Bunting: 1 female in reed bed, area 2 at 7.45am.
Redwing: 1 flew west at 7.00am.
Heron. The frogs in area 2 are in demand, something that was rarely seen until recent years.
Tawny Owl: The male was again in one of his favourite sites in area 29.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

4th March


Jay a frequent visitor to the peanut feeders

Water Rail: The bird was showing well in the ditch in area 2 at 8.30am.
Blackcap: A male was singing close to Nursery Lodge on the Inner Circle area 14.
Ring-necked Parakeet: 1 was on the feeder in area 29.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

3rd March

Waxwing: 1 flew low westwards from Leaf Yard Wood in area 29, just after a heavy downpour at 2.25pm.
Jackdaw: 3 birds flew NE at 9.55am.

Friday, March 02, 2007

2nd March

This years youngster, eggs laid around 16/1

Mistle Thrush (Storm Cock)

Water Rail: After not being seen throughout February a bird was back in the reed bed
in area2, It was probably glimpsed yesterday.
Reed Bunting: A female dropped into the small reed bed by the boathouse cafe at 7.55am.
Siskin: 1 bird flew over calling at 8.30am.
Redwing: 18 birds flew NW, the direction birds fly when arriving in October.
Jackdaw: 1 flew NE at 9.10am.
Ring-necked Parakeet: 1 of these pests was seen in area 1 before flying to area 25.
Goldcrest: 8 birds were singing around the park.
Mistle Thrush: 2 birds were singing by the cafe on the Broadwalk, area 19.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

1st March

Redwing: 28 birds in total, 10 still in area 29 and 18 birds flew SE around 7.00am.
Common Teal: 3 birds were flushed from area 1, and flew out on to the lake by area 5.
Herring Gull: The early morning gathering totalled 188.

28th February

Blackcap: A female flew from the grounds of the Holme into the shrubbery that runs past the bandstand, area 6.
Redwing: 10 birds were in trees behind the tall fencing in area 29.
Tawny Owl: The male was perched in his favourite location, area 29.
Yellow legged Gull: An adult was on a post in the lake at 9.15am.