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Thursday, April 05, 2007

5th April

A frosty start to the day, with low mist over the open spaces and an orange moon.
Comma Butterfly
Peacock Butterfly
Speckled Wood

Rook: 2 birds flew NE at 8.05am, a rare bird in central London.
Common Buzzard: A pale phase bird flew NE at 1.00pm.
Reed Bunting: The male was calling from area 2.
Blackcap: 5 males were singing from around the park.
Chiffchaff: 2 birds were singing from area 1 and 29.
Blackbird: The first fledgling of the year was in area 1.

The warm sunshine brought out several butterfly species, with the first Orange Tip, Speckled Woods being seen along with Comma, Peacock and Red Admirals.


Castlehaven said...

OK, I know it's not in the Park, but this morning, a Chiffchaff was displaying in/behind my back garden close to Camden Lock. Very obvious, picking five different perches in an area 50m x 30m, includng a dense jasmine in my garden. A first for me.

Tony Duckett said...

Birds on migration quite often make set out a territory. There seems to be a lack of Chiffies in the park so far this spring.

Castlehaven said...


Just back from walking in Norfolk (ended up at Holme and Ticthwell). Re your coment about Chiffchaffs: about every 300m on the path, and not just in woods, but hedgerows and coniferous plantaions, there was at least one Chiffchaff singing. Willow Warblers? Well, my ear is pretty bad, but i might have heard one... Wardens at Holme and Titchwell confirm that Willow Warblers seem to be very late this year.