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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

25th July

Hobby: An adult flew in from SW at 8.25am causing alarm amongst the terns and martins. The bird circled and gained height, the the terns always kept above it calling constantly. The Hobby then drifted towards Primrose Hill where it caused panic amonst a flock of House Martin. It then selected what was probably a recently fledged bird. The martin twisted and turned trying to loose his pursuer, but the falcon was to agile and soon caught it. We then expected the bird to head off towards Hampstead Heath , it did gain altitude and was lost from sight. We were very suprised when about eight later it came back low over the park carrying its prey item.
Nuthatch: The bird was seen several times in the Oak tree by the Nature Study Biulding in area 1. It was probably going to the feeders nearby, though it was not seen on them.
Reed Warbler: 4 males singing and 1 fresh juvenile on the island near the bandstand, area 6.
Grey Wagtail: 3 birds flew over the park.
Ring-necked Parakeet: One dropped into area 26 briefly at 6.00am.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

24th July

Brimstone Butterfly
Common Blue Butterfly

Gatekeeper Butterfly
Spider holding on to a Bee


Hobby: 1 circled high over Queen Mary's, area 14 at 9.10am.
Common Tern: 1 bird seen over the lake.

Monday, July 23, 2007

23rd July

Skulking Blackcap feeding on blackberries in area 29.
Nuthatch coming down to feed in area 29.
A few Goldfinches from the largest feeding flock seen in the park for at least 16 years.

Nuthatch: Still present in area 29.
Blackcap: 10 birds in areas 24 and 29.
Goldfinch: A flock of at least 28 birds were feeding on seeds in the Wetland, area 25.
Common Tern: 2 birds over the lake.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

22nd July

Garden Warbler: 2 birds feeding in area 29.
Blackcap: 6 birds in area 29.
Chiffchaff: 5 birds in area 29.
Nuthatch: 1 bird on the feeders in area 29.
Peregrine: 1 bird flapped leisurely northwards over the open spaces, before stooping and catching what was thought to be a starling close to the Snowden Aviary in the zoo at 6.45am.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

21st July

Recently fledged Chiffchaff in area 29.
Part of the group of seven juveniles, some were still being fed by their parents.





Garden Warbler: 2 possibly three birds were feeding on blackberries in area 29. 1 was in full song.
Chiffchaff: A recently fledged family were in the Oak trees in area 29.
Another bird was in area 24.
Blackcap: 4 birds were feeding in the Ivy covered tree near the drinking pool in area 29.
Nuthatch: The bird was seen by the Nature Study Centre, area 1 and several times back at the feeders in area 29.
Tawny Owl: The female sat out in the open in area 29 until she could know longer put up with the constant harassment.
Little Owl: This is the first day that the juveniles were not seen, though the male showed well.
Common Tern: The birds were still present.
Goldfinch: At least 10 juveniles were seen on two of the feeding stations. Seven were by St Marks Bridge.

Purple Hairstreak: One was flying around and perching on the small Oak tree close to the feeders in area 29.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

19th July

Hornet in garden by St Marks Bridge Lodge this afternoon.


Little Egret: 1 flew fairly low NE at 10.32am, it may have come from the Heronry.
Peregrine Falcon: 1 flew west carrying prey at 2.30pm.
Willow Warbler: 1 was in area 24 feeding in the Silver Birches.
Green Woodpecker: 1ad + 1 juv in area 29.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

18th July

Spotted Flycatcher, the first record of the year for this declining species.

Spotted Flycatcher: This bird is a good 20 days early than the average arrival date for birds on their way south. It could be a failed breeder. It was showing very well in the coppiced Elms in the corner of area 24.
Cuckoo: A juvenile was seen for over 7 minutes perched in several trees in area 29.
Common Tern: Still three birds on the lake.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

17th July

View from Long Bridge

Common Tern displaying.
Common Tern male(top) and female(below).

Nuthatch: The bird is still present in area 29.
Reed Bunting: A pair feeding in area 26 in the long grass and wild flower patches.
Goldfinch: 7 juveniles in area 34.
Common Tern: 3 birds still present. The pair showed really well fishing close to the bridge, perching on the small fence that separates the collection waterfowl from the main lake in area 26.
Sparrowhawk: A male flew through the rose gardens at 8.00am. This is one of a very few recent sightings. If anyone should see any I would appreciate a message being left in the comments section.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Sunday, July 15, 2007

15th July

Nuthatch on feeder in area 29.


Little Owl juvenile looking for food.
Little Grebe chick being fed and then begging for food.

Female and chick are quiet content after breakfast.


Nuthatch: 1 in area 29, the first record for 4 years. This is a rare visitor to the park, the summer months are the best time of year to see this species.
Little Owl: The young are becoming more confident.
Chiffchaff: 1 scruffy individual was in silver birch trees in area 27.
Goldfinch: Juveniles are still visiting the garden by St Marks Bridge, area 34.
Common Tern: 3 still present over the lake.

Aesculapian Snake: possibly 1 of this species was seen by Macclesfield Bridge, area 34 this morning.

Friday, July 13, 2007

13th July

Mystery Bird




A fairly quiet week, with very little of note.

Great Crested Grebe: The forth brood have hatched in area 5 and are now feeding in front of the Holme. Another pair are incubating on the other side of the island.
Little Grebe: 1 of the juveniles in area 2 was probably killed by coots.
Common Tern: The pair and another male are still present.
Black-headed Gull: Up to 35 birds have returned. Twenty years ago they used to return in the last week of July.
Little Owl: The young have been harassed by crows.
Reed Warbler: 4 males singing.
Reed Bunting: 2 males.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

8th July

Little Grebe chick in area 2.
Feeding time for a juvenile Kestrel in area 36.

Green Woodpecker bathing in area 25.

Reed Warbler: 3 singing males, one in area 1 and two in area 26.
Reed Bunting: A pair were collecting food in area 25.
Common Tern: 3 birds over the lake.
Little Owl: The juveniles were being constantly harassed by juvenile Blackbirds this morning.
Canada Geese: 105 were rounded up to be ringed or to have the numbers of their rings read. This survey has been going on for sixteen years, with the oldest re trapped bird being seventeen.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

7th July

Mistle Thrush, 1 of a small flock of 11 birds that have been roaming the open areas of the park.
Common Tern

Little Owl juvenile feeling quite relaxed.

Kingfisher: The little gem was seen twice briefly in area 25 and 26.
Little Owl: There still seems to be only two juveniles, though they are fairly nervous and are easily spooked by park users.
Common Tern: The three were again present allowing good views to those in the rowing boats.
Pied Wagtail: 1 juvenile was feeding on the rugby pitch in area 29.
Chiffchaff: 4 single birds were either heard or seen in areas 1, 26, 29 and 31.
Reed Bunting: 1 male still in area 2.
Common Whitethroat: The male has not sung for a couple of days, maybe he has moved off.

Friday, July 06, 2007

6th July

Kingfisher: There were two sightings one on the main lake at 6.10am and another in area 1 at 10.30am.
Common Tern: The three birds were again fishing around the lake.

The snake found in the running track has identified as an aesculapian snake, a species that is found over much of Europe. Apparently some escaped from the educational area of the zoo some years back and are apparently managing to survive.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

4th July

View over London from the top of Primrose Hill, after a heavy shower had passed through.

Juvenile Kestrel just as the heavy shower had finished.

Elephant Hawkmoth, 1 of a handful of moths trapped last night

This snake was found by one of the parks gardeners, it was in long grass by the running track. Has anyone got a clue on its ID.

Peregrine Falcon: A juvenile flew over the park around 6.00am.
Common Tern: 2 birds were fishing over the lake.
Kestrel: 3 juveniles in area 25 and thankfully still 4 in area 36. Three were sheltering from the heavy afternoon showers in the box, the other was getting wet perched on exposed hawthorn. It eventually managed to land on a branch just above the nest box.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

3rd July

One to go
One found in the long grass
Positioned safely out of harms way?


Kestrel: 3 juveniles have fledged, 1 was rescued from long grass. The others could not be located, though 1 was thought to be on the roof of Barrow Hill reservoir.
Common Tern: 3 birds were again present, allowing really good close views especially when they fished over the lake by Clarence Gate(north end of Baker Street). Sometimes they flew amongst the local feral pigeons, showing how elegant they are to those scruffy flying rats.
Grey Wagtail: 1 flew along the canal at 8.50am.
Long-tailed Tit: At least 46 were seen as we carried out our twice monthly bird survey.
Chiffchaff: 2 males sang from areas 29 and 31.
Reed Bunting: The male in area 2 is still singing, but know young have been seen yet.

Monday, July 02, 2007

2nd July

Cuckoo: 1 was seen twice between 6.00am and 6.20am, once flying across the open spaces, then again in the wetland pen.
Common Tern: 3 birds were again over the lake, for most of the day.
Yellow-legged Gull: An adult was on the posts in the lake at 8.10am.
Reed Warbler: 1 singing in reeds at the NE end of the lake, area 26.
Little Grebe: The pair in area 2 have at least 2 young.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

1st July

Little Owl
Goldfinch (juvenile)
Kestrels Primrose Hill
Great spotted Woodpecker (juvenile)


Little Owl: At least 2 owlets have been seen.
Kestrel: The pair on Primrose Hill have 4 juveniles that should fledge any day now.
Goldfinch: 5 juveniles and 5 adults have been visiting the feeders by St Marks Bridge.
Common Tern: 3 birds were seen over the lake with 1 visiting the tern raft. This is the first time a bird has been seen on it. It could mean that its new location is more favourable.