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Monday, April 30, 2007

30th April

Arctic Tern: 2 birds came in from the north-east at 300ft and circled over the lake. They then gained height before heading off to the south-west gaining altitude as they went at 8.35am.
Reed Bunting: A male was singing from reeds in the wetland, area 25.
Willow Warbler: 1 bird in area 29.
Swift: 20+ passed through during the day.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

29th April

Tawny Owl, the female was very obliging to those on today's bird walk.
Great crested Grebe, even with two young to rear this pair have started to nest build again.

Large Red Damselfy: Not a rare species, this is our first damselfly of the year and a a new species to the park.

Tree Pipit: 1 flew N at 7.40am.
Swift: 22 birds in dribs and drabs.
Swallow: 15 birds headed north prior to 11.00am.
Sand Martin: 4 birds flew through.
House Martin: 16 birds over the lake.
Chiffchaff: 5 birds, in areas 1,22 and 29.
Willow Warbler: 1 in area 31.
Peregrine Falcon: 2 birds over the park at 11.15am an adult male and a immature female.
Great Black-backed Gull: 2 flew west at 7.35am.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

28th April

Common Sandpiper on edge of the lake near the bandstand, area 7.

Second Common Sandpiper on the Bandstand Island, area 6.

Little Ringed Plover: 1 flew SW over the open spaces at 8.05am, only the second park record.
Ring Ouzel: A female flew low over the open spaces and the perched in a tree in area1 before dropping down into the American Ambassadors residence at 7.50am.
Common Sandpiper: 1 dropped down onto the island opposite the bandstand at 7.30am. While trying to get photos of the bird at 9.00am another bird was found.
Great Black-backed Gull: 2 birds flew SW at 7.50am.
Collared Dove: 3 birds flew through.
Swallow: 12 birds flew N in small groups, skimming the tree tops.
House Martin: 18 birds over the park.
Willow Warbler: 1 singing in area 25.

Friday, April 27, 2007

27th April

SedgeWarbler: 1 singing and showed briefly in brambles near feeding station, area 29.
Swallow: 2 birds flew NW at 7.25am.
Swift: 3 birds over the park at 8.30am.
Sand Martin: 3 birds flew NW at 12.48pm.
House Martin: 10 birds over the lake.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

26th April

What a great day, with what must rank as the best bird I have ever seen in the park.

Stone Curlew: 1 flew about 60ft above the open spaces. It gave spectacular views as it flew past Dave J and myself. Dave had noticed the bird first, and as we trained our binoculars on the bird we expected to see a possible Whimbrel. How wrong we were, the unmistakable black and white markings on the wings made identification simple.
We both called out Stone Curlew in unison. We then watched as the bird flew very slowly over the zoo and on towards Hampstead Heath. Where another observer saw it fly past heading east.
Turtle Dove: 1 flew low over the open spaces at 8.47am. As this species becomes harder to see in the country side, in the park they have become less than annual visitors.
Collared Dove: 1 flew over the zoo at 12.50pm.
Reed Binting: 1 pair in area 2.
Swallow: 3 birds flew north.
House Martin: 8 birds over the lake.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

24th April

Lesser Whitethroat: 1 was singing in from within the hawthorn hedge on the Outer Circle, opposite St Marks Bridge Lodges at 6.00am, area 34.
Willow Warbler: 2 birds were singing in areas 11 and 12.
Swallow: 7 birds flew through.
House Martin: 10 birds were above the lake at mid-day.
Peregrine Falcon: 1 was high above the park at 12.40pm, then disappeared through the cloud.
Sparrowhawk: A very high bird flew east at 12.30pm.

Monday, April 23, 2007

23rd April

The day started with a beautiful sunrise, before turning overcast with occasional light showers.
A smart looking Northern Wheatear adult.

Northern Wheatear first summer male.
Northern Wheatear: 2 males dropped in after the heaviest shower of the day, and fed in area 28.
Swift: 4 birds flew through.
Swallow: 2 birds flew through.
Sand Martrin: 1 bird flew through.
House Martin: Throughout the day the number over the lake increased from 4 to 12 birds.
Willow Warbler: 2 birds were singing in area 25.
Little Grebe: 3 pairs are now present, with a very violent territorial dispute this morning in area 2.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

22nd April

Whinchat male in area 25.

A shy female Tawny Owl.

These birds showed well to those who attended the London Natural History bird walk that I lead.

Tree Pipit: One was flushed from the wetland, area 25. It then flew to various trees before settling down and then beginning to sing at 10.30pm.
Whinchat: A male was seen at the same time as the above.
Sedge Warbler: 1 was feeding in an Oak Tree in area 1, before flying off.
Willow Warbler: 1 singing in area 9.
Chiffchaff: A pair in area 29 were nest building.
Sand Martin: 1 was above the lake.
House Martin: 2 were above the lake.
Tawny Owl: The pair were in area 29.
Blackcap: Males were singing in most areas of the park.

21st April

Red Kite

Common Buzzard

Today was spent away from the park, in the Chilterns in the Christmas Common area.

Red Kite: This species was seen and heard in large numbers in an area from High Wycombe and as far as you could see looking westwards from the Chiltern escarpment.
Common Buzzard: Plentiful but in not as larger numbers as the Kites.
Willow Tit: A pair were seen this being my first record of this species for more than 15 years.
Other species seen were typical woodland birds.

Friday, April 20, 2007

20th April

Almost to heavy to carry.
The female owl showed very well, with the male not to far away.

The day was overcast, with a cool easterly breeze blowing. It was not until around mid-day that the cloud began to brake up. The sunny finally burst through at 1.30pm.
There seemed to have been a departure by most of the leaf warblers, and visible migration was practically non-existent.

Common Buzzard: 1 was seen fairly low over the open spaces at 2.50pm. It eventually made up its mind which way to go and drifted south, this is a direction that I cant ever recall a spring Buzzard taking.
House Martin: The 2 birds were again present over the lake off and on during the day.
Swallow:2 singles birds flew north.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

19th April

Herring Gull waiting to pounce on newly hatched Coot chicks in area 26.

Willow Warbler: 5 birds singing from areas 1,2,12, and 29.
Chiffchaff: 5 birds singing from areas 1,12,29 and 31.
Blackcap: 15 singing males from most suitable areas of the park.
Reed Bunting: 2 males and 1 female in area 2.
Sand Martin: 2 birds over the lake at 7.50am.
House Martin: 2 birds with the above but present through the day.
Swallow: 6 birds flew through.
Swift: 1 flew north at 12.50pm.
Meadow Pipit:

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

18th April

Kestrel male in area 25.
Northern Wheatear my first of the year in the park.

We had a reasonable lunchtime skywatching from the middle of the open spaces, though the breeze was a little fresh.

Common Buzzard: 1 flew very high NW at 12.55pm.
Peregrine Falcon: 1 flew high east at 12.25pm.
Sparrowhawk: 2 high flying birds at 12.10pm and 12.40pm.
Swift: The first of the year flew east at 8.15am.
House Martin: 2 birds again over the lake throughout the day.
Swallow: 20 birds flew through.
Chiffchaff: 4 birds were singing from areas 1, 14, 19 and 29.
Tree Pipit: 1 flew north at 12.30pm.
Meadow Pipit: 4 birds flew north.
Siskin: 4 birds north at 4.50pm.
Linnet: 1 flew north.
Pied Wagtail: 2 birds flew north.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

17th April

Tawny Owl: The pair in area 29, have managed to raise at least on juvenile, without it being detected. Work and disturbance by rough sleepers during February may have caused them to move their young to a different area of the wood. There could be a food shortage, and that is why they have only one youngster. That I doubt, unless they find most of there food in the area that is possibly going to be built on.
Male Tawny Owl
Female Tawny Owl
Juvenile on the alert from harassing Magpies
Juvenile sunbathing
Going back into cover as the Magpies return.

House Martin: 2 again over the trees close to their nest site.
Swallow: 8 singles flew north skimming the tree tops.
Blackcap: 12 males singing from all corners of the park.
Chiffchaff: 2 males singing from area 1 and 29.
Reed Bunting: The male again in area 2.
Tawny Owl: The pair plus one juvenile area 29.

Monday, April 16, 2007

16th April

House Martin: 2 birds were flying in the park close to the colonies breeding site on Park Road, area 6 (first birds of the year).
Swallow: 2 singles flew north.
Common Buzzard: 1 flew north at 1.00pm
Reed Bunting: The male was singing by the boathouse cafe at 7.45am.
Grey Wagtail: 1 flew over London Zoo.
Linnet: 7 birds flew north in 1's and 2's.
Ring-necked Parakeet: 4 birds were chasing each other around in area 1

Sunday, April 15, 2007

15th April

Sunrise over London on what turned out to be a really hot day, with little of note seen.
This stupid Tit has still not learnt to recognize himself.
Goldfinch preening
Speckled Wood Butterfly

Swallow: 1 flew north at 7.39am.
Sand Martin: 1 flew north at 7.40am.
Chiffchaff: 2 birds singing from area 1 and 29.
Blackcap: 3 males singing, probably more around but as the weather warmed up so the birds got quieter.
Greater Black-backed Gull: 13 flew west at 8.30am, this was the largest flock that I had seen over the park in 30 years.
Ring necked Parakeet: 2 of the little pests still present.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

14th April

Marsh Harrier: 1 flapped north eastwards over the open spaces at 8.25am.
Red Kite: 2 birds flew east over the English Gardens at 11.30am.
Jack Snipe: 1 was flushed from area 25 at 10.55am and after being looked for again at 11.05am.
Willow Warbler: 1 singing near the toilet block in area 16.
Chiffchaff: 2 birds singing from area 13 and 29.
Blackcap: 10 birds around the park.
Great crested Grebe: the pair by the island in area 6 have hatched at least three young. While the pair on the east side of the island in area 5 had their nest destroyed by terrapins.
Ring-necked Parakeet: 2 birds feeding on blossom in area 29.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

9th to 11th April

Ring Ouzel male, Eccles next the Sea

Northern Goshawk
Marsh Harrier Horsey Broad
Spotted Redshanks Titchwell RSPB reserve
Common Cranes Horsey Mill

Sorry for delay in the recent sightings, but have been to Norfolk for three days.
The weather was a mixture of really sunny, completely overcast, before returning to bright sunshine all with a slightly chilly breeze. Migrants were thin on the ground and in the air. Highlights of the trip were Stone Curlews, Woodlarks and Goshawk in the Breckland. Up at the north coast Black-eared Kite, numerous Marsh Harriers, Spotted Redshanks and Tree Pipit. Lastly on the coast close to the Broads Ring Ouzels, Yellow Wagtail, Common Cranes and the skies seemed to be full of displaying Marsh Harriers.