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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Bird Locations - Map

Click here for a map of bird locations in Regent's Park.

30th May

Pied Wagtail (juvenile)

Grey Heron with two young.

Common Sandpiper: A bird seen by one observer was thought to be this species.
Heron: For those of you who are interested in following the life of some young Herons, there is now an opportunity to do so. If you stand on the Bandstand you can be at nest level to the above Herons nest.
Pied Wagtail: A male and juvenile were on the grass by the bandstand.

I am off to Norfolk for a few days, if anyone comes to the park and spots something interesting please leave note in the comments box.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

29th May

Whooper Swan with one cygnet, fertility of the early laying waterfowl seems low, possibly due to the cold weather.
Kestrel male with feathers looking a bit shabby.
Kestrel female sheltering from the rain, after just having fed the young.
Female feeding the young again.
Juveniles settle down and wait for the next feed to arrive.

Swift: 50 birds fed over the open spaces between 9.00am and 10.00am.
Pied Wagtail: The single juvenile is still around the edge of the lake.
Goldcrest: A pair feeding young in area 24.

Monday, May 28, 2007

28th May

House Martins in area 2.

Another wet day, this could have a really bad effect on the recently fledged tits and finches. The feeding stations in areas 1, 24 and 29 are very active.

Today over 60 House Martins were feeding low over the lake and amongst the trees in area 2.
Common Whitethroat: The male is still in good voice in area 24.
Reed Warbler: The ringed male in area 26 has been commuting over to the reed bed between the two bridges in area 1. He must be frustrated as there hasn't been any sightings of females, and time is getting on.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

26th May

Female Kestrel feeding young, on a grey afternoon.

Buff Tip trapped last night.

Reed Warbler: A second very vocal male in area 2.
Kestrel: One pair with at least 3 young.

Friday, May 25, 2007

25th May

Peppered Moth caught last night in the moth trap.

Common Whitethroat: The male still singing and showing well in area 24.
Chiffchaff: A new bird sing from the eastern most island in area 26.
Reed Warbler: 2 males singing from area 2 and 26. That is down from 6 males last year.
Blackcap: The easiest birds to see are along the canal in area 32 and 33.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

24th May

Reed Warbler with ring in area 26.

Sedge Warbler: A bird was singing in the tennis courts at 6.30am, area 10.
Reed Warbler: The male in area 26 was last years male, as the bird is ringed.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

23rd May

Long-tailed Tit(adult).
Long-tailed Tit(juvenile).

Sedge Warbler: 1 singing from bushes by the toilets at 11.50am, area 2.This species never seems to show well in the park, always singing from cover.

There seem to be recently fledged Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tits all over the park. Brood sizes seem small, indicating a lack of food.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

22nd May

Early morning commuter over the park.
Reed Warbler trying to hide behind a reed.

Broad-bodied Chaser, male and female in area 25.

Common Whitethroat: The male was building another nest in area 24.
Chiffchaff: 4 males singing from areas 1, 10, 26 and 29.
Reed Warbler: A male has taken up territory in the long reed bed nearest to the bridge in area 26. If it was the male from last year it will have a ring on.
Reed Bunting: The male was being chased by the male Reed Warbler in area 2.
Swallow: 3 birds flew north at 12.30pm.
Ring-necked Parakeet: 1 bird was roaming the park.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

20th May

Greater Whitethroat in area 24.

.Great Crested Grebe youngster waiting for food
Mistle Thrush singing from area 29.

Common Whitethroat: Still present in area 24.
Blackcap: Birds busy feeding young in several areas.
Great Crested Grebe: 3 pairs with young and several pairs on a second clutch.

19th May

Cuckoo:1 was calling from area 24 at 7.10am, flew off to the north.
Reed Warbler: 3 males two in area 2 and 1 in area 26.
Common Whitethroat: Male carrying food in area 24.
Chiffchaff: 2 males singing in area 1 and 29.
Little Grebe: 2 pairs looking to nest in area 2.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

17th May

Headless Reed Bunting, in reeds near Hanover Bridge.

Hobby: 1 flew low through the wetland, area 25 at 1.30pm. It was a shame that the weather lately has not produced some dragonflies to tempt it to stay.
Common Whitethroat: 2 males, 1 in the Avenue Gardens at 7.30am, area 18. The other male is holding territory in the cricket pen, area 24.
Reed Warbler: 2 males near Hanover Bridge, area 2.
Chiffchaff: Birds still singing in area 1 and 29.
Reed Bunting: A pair still in area 2.
Little Grebe: 6 birds present around the lake.
Pied Wagtail: A fresh juvenile was around the western side of the lake for its second day. It must have been raised very close if not in the park.
Sparrowhawk: The female caused panic amongst the local House Martins as it flew over the lake this morning.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

13th May

Common Whitethroat: A possible pair in area 24, with a male nest building. If they breed, it will be the first time since 1996.
Reed Warbler: 3 males singing.
Chiffchaff: 1 new male singing, area 24.
Reed Bunting: male singing from reeds in area 2.
Swallow: 10 birds seen over the open spaces, area 28.
Swift: A few birds in small groups.
Mandarin Duck: A pair with 12 ducklings, they had a brood of 18 on Friday.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

12th May

Broad-bodied Chaser female

Very little of note recorded today.
The Common Terns seem to have decided the park was not suitable for breeding.

Reed Warbler: 3 singing males again, in area 2 and 26.

The first Broad-bodied Chaser was sheltering on the hedge surrounding area 25.

Friday, May 11, 2007

11th May

Northern Wheatear male (Greenland race)

Northern Wheatear female (Greenland race)

At last a few migrants, not a lot but enough to make things have not completely dried up.

Sedge Warbler: 1 was sing from inside a wild rose thicket in area 25 all day.
Reed Warbler: 3 singing birds, two in area 2 and one in reeds at the end of the lake area 26.
Reed Bunting: Pair still present.
Northern Wheatear (Greenland race): 2 were on the open spaces and around the Hub from 8.30am, area 28. They sometimes go missing when they get flushed.
Swallow: Another day with a light passage.
Sand Martin: 1 over the lake at 8.00am.
Common Tern: The pair still on their boat.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

10th May

Common Tern

Common Tern: The pair were here from at least 6.00am, they probably roost here.
Reed Warbler: 1 singing still in area 2.
Swift: A flock of 30 flew through at 8.00am. There were always birds to see in all directions.
Swallow: A small passage was noted from 11.00am, with at least 30 birds being seen.
Sand Martin: 1 flew north at 12.50am.
House Martin: Apart from the resident birds others were noted heading north between 12.30 and 1.20pm.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

9th May

Yellow legged Gull 1st summer

Hobby: 1 flew high to the south at 8.30am.
Willow Warbler: 1 singing in area 1.
Reed Warbler: Still only one present in area 2.
Swift: Birds were present throughout the day, though not in large numbers.
House Martin: Birds were flying up to the building they nest on in Park Road.
Grey Wagtail: 1 perched briefly on one of the rowing boats.
Common Tern: The pair are still present with male going off to fish on the canal and bringing it back for the female. We made a few alterations to the tern raft in the hope they will use it. Wire was erected to try a deter the Cormorants, who are becoming more approachable every year.
Yellow-legged Gull: A 1st summer was on the lake from 11.00am.