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Friday, August 31, 2007

31st August

Swift: 1 was over the lake at 8.20am.
Swallow: 55 flew south at 8.00am.
House Martin: 55 plus were over the lake at 8.20am.
Lesser Whitethroat: 1 was in area 24.
Garden Warbler: 1 was in area 29.
Spotted Flyctacher: 1 was with the tit flock in area 1.
Yellow Wagtail: 1 flew NW at 8.20am.

Bird highlight while I've been away.

Sedge Warbler: area 25 on 21st.
Hobby: 2 over at 4.30am on 23rd.
Yellow Wagtail: singles on 23rd and 24th.
Redpoll: 1 flew over on 24th.
Honey Buzzard: 1 flew S at 2.55pm on 28th.
Willow Warbler: 20+ on the 29th.
Chiffchaff: 20+ 0n the 29th.

31st August

Casa Rosa a beautiful 6 room villa set in a rural location half an hour east of Faro and within ten minutes of some good birding at the nearby salt pans. Set on the sides of a valley migrants are funnelled up it. It is a handy base to stay to see all that southern Portugal has to offer, Bustards, Sandgrouse, Lesser Kestrels and lots of others. If anyone wants a relaxing place to stay with home cooked food check out

Short-toed Eagles

Sardinian Warbler
Bonellis Warbler

Melodious Warbler

Iberian Yellow Wagtail
Pied Flycatcher
Zitting Zisticolar

Night Heron juvenile

Glossy Ibis
Stone Curlews in flight

Back from the Algarve

Sunday, August 19, 2007

19th August

After a wet morning with very little to see on the bird walk, just a few Blackcaps, Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs.
I am off to the Algarve until 31st August, if anyone should see anything of note please leave details in the comments section.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

18th August

Sparrowhawk in area 24.

The parks rarest mammal, this one should have been tucked up at this time of day.

Kingfisher: Still present in areas 25 and 26.
Little Owl: 2 birds sheltered from the blustery wind.
Sparrowhawk: The juvenile male has taken to hunting around the feeding station in area 24.
Chiffchaff: 4 with the tit flock in area 29.
Willow Warbler: 2 in area 25.
Hobby: 1 drifted low over St Marks Bridge and into the p;ark at 5.00pm.

Friday, August 17, 2007

17th August

Lesser Whitethroat in feeding in brambles bush, area 25.

Blackcap sunning himself in area 29.

Lesser Whitethroat: 1 feeding in the large bramble bush in the middle of the goose grazing paddock, area 25. Best viewed from the gate near the bridge.
Chiffchaff: Birds dotted around the park.
Blackcap: 6 feeding in area 29.
Swift: 1 over the park at 7.00am.
Sand Martin: 2 mixed in with the local House Martin at 7.30am, at this time of year this is a regular occurence. The birds will have probably roosted with these birds.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

16th August

The rising at 5.45am
Green Woodpecker juvenile playing hide and seek.
Brown Hawker ovipositing.

Swift: 1 flew south at 6.30am, most birds will soon have departed the UK, try and beat your latest date.
Willow Warbler: 10 birds mainly in area 1.
Chiffchaff: 8 birds most feeding with the above in the oak trees in area 1.
Garden Warbler: 1 in area 29 mainly to the right of the feeders in area 29.
Blackcap: 7 birds in area 29.
Grey Wagtail: 1 feeding in the moat surrounding the Giraffes in the zoo.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

15th August

These weather conditions are about the worst we could ask for at this time of year, unless you happen to be down near Lands End. If the winds does not swing around to one from an easterly sector we could miss out on some of our more unusual annual migrants.

Kingfisher: 1 still present in area 25 and 26.
Swift: 1 flew SW at 11.30am.
Willow Warbler: 1 or 2 moving around area 26.
Sparrowhawk: Sightings of at least one juvenile male are quite frequent, as the awkward little ****** seems to be following us around scaring all the birds away when ever we stop.

There have been several recent hatchings of Coot and Moorhen.

Friday, August 10, 2007

10th August

A calm dawn did not bode well for the arrival of new migrant.
This juvenile Green Woodpecker likes to feed on the grass by the Outer Circle in area 36. He or she then leaves before it gets to busy.
Kingfisher seen from the viewing platform in area 26.

The bird has taken to sitting on the nest boxes alongside the island viewed from the end of area 26.

Kingfisher: It looks like we only have one very vocal bird present, in area 26.
Garden Warbler: 2 birds in area 24.
Willow Warbler: 3 birds in area 24.
Swift: 2 birds flew over at 1.00pm.
House Martin: At least 50 birds were over the western side of the park.
Green Woodpecker: 2 juveniles at either ends of the park, is probably a good indicator that at least two pairs bred.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

9th August

Yesterdays sunset.
The Kingfisher finally sat still long enough for a snap.
Kingfisher: 1 possibly two, there has been lots of calling going on but the bird or birds have been very elusive.
Garden Warbler: 3 birds, though a very plain looking bird, at this time of year they look sleek and fresh.
Common Whitethroat: 1 juvenile in area 29.
Willow Warbler: A few birds dotted around.
Chiffchaff: 2 birds in area 29.
Blackcaps: Every area that has brambles in also has these birds feeding on them.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

8th August

The flock seems to have split, but birds can still be found feeding on thistles in areas 25,26 and 29.
Ruddy Darter: possibly the first record for the park, seen in area 25.
Oak Bush Cricket taking a drink from the top of a post.

Spotted Flycatcher: 1 in area 25, feeding around the small group of elms in the southern corner.
Common Whitethroat: 1 in area 25, feeding in bramble patch.
Willow Warbler: 2 birds moving around area 25 and 26.
Chiffchaff: 3 birds in area 25.
Swift: 2 singles over during our first stint of raptor searching, between 12.30 and 1.00pm.
Sparrowhawk: At least one juvenile male was seen in several different locations, also an adult female.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

7th August

Great Tits and Garden Warbler at the drinking pool in area 29.

Common Whitethroat: 1 juvenile in Avenue Gardens, feeding in the two Hawthorns and Elm trees in area 16.
Reed Warbler: 1 feeding in border in area 16.
Spotted Flycatcher: 1 in area 25.
Garden Warbler: 1 still in area 29.
Blackcap: Ten birds dotted around areas 25,26 and 29.
Willow Warbler: 3 birds in areas 26 and 27.
Grey Wagtail: 1 perched on top of an Oak tree in area 27.
Common Tern: The pair still present.