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Friday, June 29, 2007

29th June

Green Woodpecker




The best start to the day this week sees a balloon drift north-eastwards.
The reed bed near the cafe is prepared and then planted with reeds by volunteers. This is the second year they have helped the park with our marginal areas. If only we could get more sponsors the lake could soon look more appealing to a variety of species of fauna.

Common Tern: 1 bird fishing over the lake.
Reed Warbler: Only one bird now singing from area 2, hopefully one of the other males has managed to attract a mate and are now breeding.
Reed Bunting: Two males one singing from area 2 and another in area 25 calling. This bird has at least one juvenile still present nearby.
Goldfinch: Possibly three juveniles have been seen, 1 on feeder near St Marks Bridge and 2 with an adult in the rose garden, area 12.
Green Woodpecker: 1 juvenile has been seen in area 29.
Grey Wagtail: 2 birds put in appearances around the margins of the lake, before flying to the canal.

This persistent miserable weather is having an affect on some of the park birds. The species that are insectivorous and those that feed on insects as well as seeds are suffering from a lack of food. The bird feeders are having to be filled at an alarming rate, which helps the finches but dose not help the warblers. The Blackcaps have been seeing going to and fro to their nest but only a handful of family grouos have been recorded.

Monday, June 25, 2007

25th June

Kingfisher in area 1, viewed from the blue bridges looking towards the American Ambassadors residence
Willow Tree in the Holme destroyed by heavy rain on Saturday evening.


Kingfisher: The bird seems to commutes between areas 1 and 25., unless there is more than one bird.
Common Tern: 1 bird was fishing over the lake. The tern raft has been moved to a new location to see if the birds prefer this area of the lake.
Grey Wagtail: 1 flew towards the zoo.
Great Spotted Woodpecker: A fresh juvenile was on the feeders by St Marks Bridge.
House Sparrow: A male visited the feeders in the above area this afternoon.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

23rd June

Kingfisher: The bird was again present in the wetland. It was flushed at 11.000am and flew towards the lake.
Common Tern: The pair are still present, with the male dive bombing the larger gulls.

Friday, June 22, 2007

22nd June

The Wetland


Kingfisher: 1 was perched in the wetland, area 25 at 6.30am.
Common Tern: The pair still on their little platform in area 5.
Reed Bunting: 2 males, 1 in area 2 and the other in area 25.
Kestrel: The young in area 25 are getting stronger on the wing with the aid of these strong breezes. The pair on Primrose Hill have at least two downy juveniles, area 36.
Common Whitethroat: 1 male still in area 26.
Ring-necked Parakeet: 1 adult with a juvenile.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

20th June

Common Tern: A pair were present for their 3rd day, displaying on a small platform in area 5.
Grey Wagtail: 2 birds flew along the canal.
Common Whitethroat: The male is still singing his heart out in area 24, there is still know sign of any young or a female.
Reed Bunting: 2 juveniles in area 26, plus a male singing in area 2.

Friday, June 15, 2007

15th June

Grey Wagtail juvenile being watched by a White-eyed Pochard.


Common Tern: 1 flew around the lake at 9.20am.
Kestrel: All birds were in the box at 6.30am, before one flew to a nearby Lime tree.
Grey Wagtail: 1 juvenile by the rearing pond at the Nature Study Centre.
Reed Warbler: 6 singing males, with one inside the grounds of The Holme.
House Martin and Swift there seems to be above average numbers of these species feeding over the park and Primrose Hill.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

14th June

Kestrel, male looking very bedraggled.
Time for a spruce up
Almost done
One juvenile in a tree
One on St Johns Lodge


Reed Warbler: Possibly 5 males today, in areas 2 and 26.
Common Whitethroat: The male still singing loudly in area 24, hopefully we will soon have proof of breeding.
Kestrel: 3 young have fledged, but only two have been located. Those are on or close to St Johns Lodge.
Ring-necked Parakeet: 8 in The Secret Garden, area 15.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

13th June

Juvenile wondering how do I get back up there.
Here goes.
It's our turn next.
Jay, greater covert feather.


Kestrel: 2 juveniles had fledged by 2.30pm, with only one being located in the next door tree.
Reed Warbler: 3 males singing in each of the reed beds in area 2.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

12th June

Little Owl adult
Little Owl juvenile
Kestrel almost ready to fledge.


Little Owl: An adult was seen feeding a youngster at a site that is being kept secret for the birds benefit.
Kestrel: One of the juveniles appears to have left the nest box.
Reed Bunting: The male was again in the wetland, area 25.
Grey Wagtail: 2 juveniles again in area 1, by the nature study centre.
Reed Warbler: 1 singing from the secret garden area 15.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

10th June

Reed Warbler in area 2, last year this bird nested in area 26.
Kestrel juvenile swallowing a mouse.
Common Whitethroat, I can not remember ever seeing a male sing from such a high vantage point.
The two young in the willow opposite the bandstand.
Reed Bunting singing from patch of reeds in area 25.


Reed Warbler: 3 males singing.
Chiffchaff: 3 males singing.
Blackcap: males appear to be staking out new territories, as if they are on their second clutches.
Common Whitethroat: The male is now displaying at times over the wetland, area 25.
Reed Bunting: Males was singing from the reeds by the boat house and in area 25.
Great Crested Grebe: The pair nesting opposite the bandstand have hatched their second batch of youngsters, area 6.
Grey Wagtail: 1 juvenile in by the pond in the nature study centre, area 1.
Kestrel: The male in area 25, has been catching a variety of prey items including several frogs.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

9th June

Grey Wagtail juvenile in area 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker juvenile in area 24.
Small Elephant Hawk Moth?
Small Common Frog and Toad under a log.



Reed Warbler: 3 singing males, two in area 2 and one in area 25.
Grey Wagtail: 2 juveniles in area 1.
Great Spotted Woodpecker: 5 families recorded so far.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

7th June

More food arriving.
Common Whitethroat in area 24.
Common Blue Damselfly
Banded Demoiselle
Black-tailed Skimmer (female)
Large Skipper


Grey Wagtail: A male and a juvenile were walking around the rearing pond in area 1.
Reed Bunting: The male was singing and showing well in area 2 at lunch time.
Kestrel: The pair in the box on Primrose Hill seem to a lot further behind the pair in area 25, and appear to be still incubating or possibly brooding small young.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

5th June




Great Spotted Woodpecker: Youngsters are now being brought to the feeding stations, in area 1, 24 and 29.
Reed Warbler: 1male was singing from the reed bed in area 26 nearest to the bridge.
Sparrowhawk: A female was soaring high over the rose garden at 9.00am.

Monday, June 04, 2007

4th June

More food arrives, and the young are losing down.
Three of the young peer over the lip of the box.
Barn Owl, one of 6 birds seen in a fairly small area.
Marsh Harrier female.
Here is a mystery bird challenge.


I am always apprehensive when I am away from the park, in case I miss a goody. At this time of year this is unlikely as most of the regular migrants will have reached their breeding grounds. So It good to here that nothing new had passed through, and no news had been left on this blog.

The little birding I did in Norfolk produced a couple of goodies in the shape of Iberian Chiffchaff (a lifer) and Purple Heron.
There were good views of typical broadland species, harriers, Barn Owls, Garganey, Bearded Tits and an array of warblers.

Today in the Park;

Great Spotted Woodpecker: At least two pairs have young that have now fledged.
Kestrel: There are four young in one of the boxes.
Common Whitethroat: Hopefully we will see evidence of young being fed, in area 24.