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Monday, February 26, 2007

26th February

The mild weather has encouraged the Frogs and Toads to begin mating. Frogs can be seen courting in the ditch in area 2, viewed from the bridge

26th February

Late news for Saturday: A male Reed Bunting was singing in the reed bed in area 2 at 6.30am.

Todays news:
Brambling: 5 birds flew west at 8.20am.
Grey Wagtail: 1 flew east at 8.30am.
Mistle Thrush: 3 birds were singing from the tops of tall trees in area 1, 19 and 21.
Goldfinch: 14 birds on and close to the feeding stations in areas 24, 29 and 34.
Stock Dove: 22 feedind in the garden by St Marks Bridge, area 34 from 2.30pm.
Yellow Legged Gull: 1 adult on a post in the main lake. The photos show how different the colour of the mantle can look through the camera.
Heron: 1 nest has 3 young of at least two weeks of age, meaning that the eggs were laid around the second week of January.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

23rd February

After a quiet time in the park, a trip to the inlaws in Norfolk was required, I drove up Wednesday morning. A Hawfinch close to the car at Lynford Arboretum saved a walk. At Cantley no Bean Geese but 3 Peregrines performed really well. At Stubb's Mill 10 Common Cranes, 30 Marsh Harriers, 2 Hen Harriers, 4 Merlins, 5 Barn Owls and 2 Chinese Water Deer showe from 4.00pm.
Thursday was rained off, so on the way home on Friday a lunch break at Salthouse produced a nice flock of Snow Buntings plus Glaucous Gull and Divers on the sea.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

17th February

Peregrine Falcon: A male soared above area 29 for ten minutes from 11.30am.
Sparrowhawk: A pair were seen in and over area 29, the female was hunting birds around the feeding station.
Tawny Owl: The male was perched in an ivy covered tree in area 29.
Great crested Grebe: 3 pairs were being very territorial.

18th February

Jackdaw: 1 was perched in a tall poplar tree in area 24 at 8.30am.

Friday, February 16, 2007

16th February

The week has been very quiet and there dose not look as if the weather is likely to bring either some late winter visitors or early spring migrants.

Todays highlights:
Goldfinch: 14 birds seen in groups at all the feeding stations.
Tawny Owl: The male was roosting amongst ivy, area 29.
Redwing: 1 in the leaf yard wood, area 29.
Great Black-backed Gull: 3 birds flew high eastwards at 3.00pm.
Great Crested Grebe: 3 pairs were displaying on the lake.
Egyptian Goose: 1 pair in area 26.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

7th February

Almost half of the lake was frozen this morning, though it soon thawed.

Common Snipe: 1 was standing on the edge of the lake at 6.45am near area 6.
Grey Wagtail: 1 flew along the canal.

6th February

Peregrine Falcon: A male flew east over the lake at 8.00am.
Tawny Owl: 2 males were calling from area 2 and 9 at 6.15am.
Redwing: 2 birds flew north-east over the rose gardens.
Goldfinch: At least 18 birds are present, with males singing from trees in areas 1, 8, 24, 25, 29 and 34.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

4th February

Goldfinch: possibly 16 birds present 7 in area 24 and 9 in garden by St Marks Bridge viewed from canal towpath, area 31.
Stock Dove: 16 in garden by bridge area 31.
Ring-necked Parakeet: 1 in trees area 24 at 9.30am.
Kestrel: male feeding on worms in area 25, later seen on roof of St Johns Lodge.
Great Spotted Woodpecker: 2 males drumming in areas 25 and 26. Posted by Picasa

Friday, February 02, 2007

2nd February

A very quiet week so far, but maybe Saturday will bring a supprise.

The highlight this week was a fly over albino Stock Dove with 14 other on Wednesday.

I thought you might like to see 2 pictures of the Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens Yellow legged Gull taken in November and 2 photos of a Yellow Legged Gull taken in Regents Park mid December. Posted by Picasa