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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

4th April

Heron showing aggression towards another bird.
Two youngsters waiting for breakfast.
Breakfast arrives and is quickly eaten.

Not quiet fully fledged bird, it must return to the nest to be fed by the parents.

Heron: 24 pairs have or are attempting to breed on the islands on the main lake.
The first young have already fledged and are trying to find food for on their own.
This is not easily done here as the sides of the lake are to steep and the water to deep for wading. We have created several small reed bed and a small scrape that will help them. Though the best thing the young should do would be leave the park completely and find a more natural environment that offers better feeding opportunities. Over the past few years more and more Herons have opted out of leaving the park, preferring to be fed by members of the public. This is something that is not in the Herons best interest, and should not be done in any circumstances. We are at present writing a small leaflet that offers guidance on what and what not to feed the birds in the parks.

Water Rail: The bird in area 2 was showing at 6.00pm.
Tawny Owl: 1 pair were seen in area 29 around 8.00pm seen by two patient birders.
Blackcap: 3 males singing from area 10,18 and 29.
Chiffchaff: 1 bird singing in area 29.
Reed Bunting: 1 pair in area 2.
Sparrowhawk: 2 females in area 1 and 10.

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