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Thursday, November 29, 2007

29th November

Fieldfare: 55 flew west before 8.00am.
Redwing: 20 in the company of the above.

28th November

Redwing: 100 SW, they had possibly been feeding in the American Ambassadors residence, area 1.
Fieldfare: 25 flew SW.
Common Teal: A pair by the island, area 5.
Northern Pintail: A nervous duck in area 26 and a drake with the Teal.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

27th November

I had a phone call from Rupert at the Wetland Centre this morning to say that the flock of 13 Goosanders had just left and were heading NE. Unfortuantely we were unable to pick them up, never mind. It is good to have someone to call, in our case birds tend to fly either NE towards us or SW in the dirction of the centre

Fieldfare: 6 birds were feeding in area 29.
Redwing: Up to a dozen were feeding on Holly berries in area 29.
Common Teal: Two ducks and a drake flew from area 26 onto the main lake on the north side of Heron Island area 5.
Red crested Pochard: 32 fully winged birds were on the main lake.

26th November

Chiffchaff: 2 single birds on the isalnds on the main lake.
Fieldfare: 60 bird flew over, with a few birds perching briefly before moving on NNE.
Redwing: 12 birds mixed in with the above birds.
Tawny Owl: The two male were very vocal around 6.00am from areas 1 and 12.
Egyptian Goose: 17 birds were on the lake, again birds were seen to fly in from the SW.
Little Grebe: 1 bird was on the lake, my first sighting for a while, but I haven,t really been looking for them.

Friday, November 23, 2007

23rd November

Kingfisher in area 1
Green Woodpecker or Yaffle in area 1

Hedgehogs are very scarce in Central London, Regents Park is probably their last stronghold. This one was seen in area 25 this morning. If you should see any I would be very grateful, even if it is in Camden or Westminster.
This evenings full moon

Fieldfare: At least 80 birds flew northish prior to 9.00am, in 4 flocks plus the odd stragglers.
Redwing:15 birds were mixed in with the above.
Siskin: 2 birds flew north over the canal.
Kingfisher: One possibly two birds were in area 1. Lately by standing on the blue bridge nearest the playground one bird has been visible diving for fish at the end of the lake.
Tawny Owl: Two birds were flying around the trees in area 27 at 6.30am.
Ring-necked Parakeet: Four birds were in Queen Mary's, area 12 this morning.
Egyptian Goose: 10 birds around the lake, four birds flew in from the SW at 8.00am.

Monday, November 19, 2007

19th November

Not the best of days for birding, with just a couple of interesting waterfowl and one species that can clear off.

European Wigeon: 1 female circled high over the lake.
Northern Pintail: 1 female was on the main lake.
Egyptian Goose: 12 birds were on the lake, where are these b----rs coming from.

Friday, November 16, 2007

16th November

The Woodcocks were flushed in this area.
If you stand by the tall Limes behind the Gorse you could get lucky, with Woodcock and Tawny Owl just before dusk.

Woodcock: Two birds were flushed in area 29 at 9.30am. We thought we should check out the wood for the first time in a week. With a bit of luck these birds might come out just before dusk and feed on the tracks and grass outside area 29 and in area 30. It would be best to stand by the Lime trees and wait patiently scanning the boundary of the wood. Don't get locked in
Chiffchaff: 1 calling and showing well in the tall Poplar trees outside area 29.
Redwing: Three in area 29 and at least one feeding in the Yew trees at the top of Chester Road, area 12.
Siskin: At least one bird heard several times around area 26.
Common Teal: Three drakes and a female flying between area 1 and 26.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

14th November

Fieldfare: A flock of 35 flew N.
Redwing: 1 accompanied of the above.
Skylark: 1 circled the open spaces at 9.20am.
Siskin: 1 flew over
Owl sp: A report of a large owl flying between area 24 and 26 at 8.45am.

Monday, November 12, 2007

12th November

This is the unforunate female Sparrowhawk that flew into a window last week , but did not recover.

Fileldfare: A flock of 14 flew N at 7.55am, another fed in a Yew tree in area 12.
Redwing: 12 birds in and over Queen Mary's Gardens, several feeding in the same tree as the above.
Blackcap: Two males in the Mediterranean border, area 14.
Siskin: 3 birds in area 26 in Alder tree.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

11th November

Another shower heads in at Eccles on Sea Norfolk
Common Shelducks head into the wind

Just back from a very windy and slightly damp couple of days on the east Norfolk coast. I managed to get in about 4 hours sea watching over the two days plus a drive along the coast from Yarmouth to Eccles on Sea.

Sea Watching highlights:
90 Little Auks
1 Sooty Shearwater
2 Pomarine Skuas
2 Arctic Skuas
1 Great Northern Diver
3 Black throated Divers
1 Red Necked Grebe
180 Common Scoters
4 Eiders
8 Goldeneyes
1 Purple Sandpiper
12 Snow Buntings

Coastal Drive: ( in heavy drizzle)
1000 Pink-footed Geese
1000 Golden Plovers
10 Ruff
3 Common Cranes (family group)
4 Marsh Harriers

Thursday, November 08, 2007

8th November

The identity of the mystery bird has been solved by I hope all of those who look at this site, It is a female Sardinian Warbler. Piers was the first person to workout the birds identity, so well done. If you would like to wander around the park one weekend morning let me know. The females mate would have been a much easier challenge. I will have to think of another challenge for everyone.

Lighter winds today with a overcast skies gave a few birds the chance to pass overhead.

Fieldfare: 14 headed west in two groups.
Redwing: 18 birds also headed west.
Linnet: 1 flew east.
Lesser Redpoll: 1 flew north.
Brambling: A female was feeding in an Oak tree with 25 Chaffinches in area 15. This was probably the bird that had been seen in Nursery Lodge on Monday.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

7th November

You now have all you need to end this ID challenge. Please post what should be your final and correct answere. I will anounce the person who is the first, and have to think of a prize, maybe a couple of hours birding in the park.

A very quiet day with nothing of note to report. We did get our hopes up when I received a phone call from a birder at the Wetland Centre saying that a Short-eared Owl was flying in our general direction. Even scanning from the top of Primrose Hill we were unable to find it. Never mind you can never see everything, even though it would be great to do so.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

6th November

Has everyone given up? Here is another slightly different angle. I was talking to my friend Sylvia today, she thinks it is one of her relatives that I saw on my summers holiday.

The day dawned with clear skies and a north-westerly breeze. The chance of seeing much in the way of visual migration was not very promising.

Reed Bunting: One flew out of the reed bed in area 2 at 7.20am.
Leser Redpoll: Two flew over the Nature Study Centre at 1.15pm.
Siskin: 0ne flew into trees in area 26.

Monday, November 05, 2007

5th November

Reed Bunting: 1 flew over calling at 7.30am, possibly dropped into area 2.
Brambling: A female was feeding with Chaffinches in a garden in area 14.
Fieldfare: 12 flew NW in two groups.
Redwing: Birds could be heard flying over prior to dawn.
Siskin: 2 or 3 birds were feeding in area 26.
Wood Pigeon: 800 flew SW.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

4th November

This photo should give this birds identity away.

Redwing: 5o birds in small parties flew north, mostly in a line from the Telecom Tower over area 1.
Skylark: 1 west at 8.05am.
Meadow Pipit: 3 singles.
Siskin: 2 birds flew over the lake.
Jackdaw: 2 birds flew NE at 8.15am.
Wood Pigeon: 900 flew SW.
Reed Bunting: A juvenile was feeding in the reed bed in area 2 at 9.2oam. It is very unusual for this species to be seen on the ground in the park at this time of the year.
Egyptian Goose: 8 birds around the lake.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

3rd November

Merlin: A female was seen chasing a Chaffinch over area 20 at 7.20am from area 18. Unfortunately it dropped below the tree line just as it closed in on the finch. It was then seen again at 8.10 am flying off NE from area 24.
Grey Geese (possibly Bean Geese): 2 large grey geese flew NE at a very high altitude at 7.25 am the overall impression was that they were Bean Geese.
Rook: 1 flew NE at 8.15am.
Meadow Pipit: 1 bird SW.
Wood Pigeon: 1100 birds SW-W.

Friday, November 02, 2007

2nd November

I cant stay here much longer, I am normally quiet active, so please guess who I am so I can be on my way.

With this warm weather I am suprised that we have not still got the odd Chiffchaff amongst the roving tit flocks.
Todays bird movement was still fairly light.
Skylark: 4 singles over.
Meadow Pipit: 1 over.
Redwing: One flock of 16 flew N.
Fieldfare: 2 birds dropped down into the Zoo.
Lesser Redpoll: 2 flew low SE.
Siskin: 1 bird over calling.
Chaffinch: 80 birds NW in small flocks.
Starling: 70 birds in two lines flew NW.
Wood Pigeon: 1900 over in all directions.
Tawny Owl: 1 bird calling in area 12 at 5.30am.