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Thursday, February 28, 2008

28th February

Kingfisher: The female was again visible in area 1, look north from either of the blue bridges and you could be lucky.
Little Grebe: Two males on the lake, one appearing to be more dominant and a lot louder when trilling.
Sparrowhawk: One pair was seen in area 1.
Great Spotted Woodpecker: 6 drumming or displaying males.
Green Woodpecker: Three males in areas 1, 20 and 29.
Mistle Thrush: Seven pairs spread around the park in the more open areas.
Siskin: Three birds in area 24 and 26.
Goldfinch: Twenty birds in four small groups, in areas 1, 20, 24, 26 and 30.

Monday, February 25, 2008

25th February

Common Buzzard: Flew very low over the Open Air Theatre, just skimming the trees at 8.00 am.
Collared Dove: 1 flew north at 7.45am.
Yellow-legged Gull: A 1st winter was on the lake early morning, it flew off when the Buzzard flew through.
Blackcap: A male was in London Zoo, just west of area 34.
Redwing: Birds were heard flying over at 6.00 am.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

24th February

Male Tawny Owl trying to hide away in area 29.

The who am I quiz has been one by? I am sorry I don't know your name. The birds were as follows.

Little Stint
Sanderling has been revamped. Check out the the new 2007 Bird Report, articles, galleries and bird walk and save to your favourites as a new point of contact for the park.

Nothing special in the park today. However Mistle Thrushes could be heard singing from most of the open areas of the park.

Tawny Owl:
The male was trying to hide himself away amongst the Ivy on an Ash tree in area 29.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

23rd February

Lesser Redpoll, once regular visitor but now rarely seen perched.

A quiet grey day.

Lesser Redpoll:
1 was feeding in silver birches in area 26, but flew off when 2 Siskins flew over.
Siskin: 4 Birds in area 26.
Rook: 1 flew NW at 9.45am.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

21st February

Here is another wader challenge. The first person to identify all three will win a guided bird walk around the park, visiting areas that are not open to the public.

21st February

I am sorry that I made a mistake and the name of the wader was visible.
It was indeed a Semi-palmated Sandpiper.

I will see if I can find another little teaser.

21st February

Another quiet day, but it could have been so different. I recieved a phone call from Rupert at the Wetland Centre at 8.50am to say that a raptor of some description was heading in my general direction. After scanning the skies for a while I had to admit defeat.

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker:
1 present in area 20 at 4.00pm, seen twice and heard calling.
The female was again in area 1.
2 birds in area 26.
Ring-necked Parakeet.
3 birds in area 26.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

20th February

Can you guess who I am ?

I was reminded a short time ago, that I have not had a mystery bird for a while.
I am afraid my library of photos is not that extensive, as I am relatively new at this photography game. I would rather watch them, than be frusrtated at the outcome of my attempt to capture them on my memory card.
But here is a little teaser that you should know.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

19th February

Fieldfare: 1 bird was perched in a tree in area 1 at 7.00am.
Common Teal: A pair were in area 26 before flying out on to the main lake around area 5.
Northern Shoveler: 9 birds were on the lake.
Gadwall: 14 birds were around area 5, with some display flights being seen.
Ruddy Duck: 8 birds were at their favourite loafing spot, between area 5 and the mainland.
Heron: A second nest had young calling.
Black-headed Gull: 460 birds were on the lake at 8.00am

Sunday, February 17, 2008

16th and 17th February

Bittern showing really well at Beeston Common

One of two Barnacle Geese in a flock of 2500 Pinkies
Mediterranean Gulls on Great Yarmouth, one of the best places in the UK to see this species.

Another couple of days up at my wifes parents on the east coast of Norfolk. The weather was beautiful, an early morning frost that soon dissapeared to leave a clear sunny day, with a cool breeze of the sea.

Bird Highlights: Saturday:
(Beeston Common), Horsey Broad area, 2 Barnacle Geese with 2500 Pinkies, 1 Lesser Snow Goose with 2000+ Pinkies, 5 European White-fronted Geese, 25 Marsh Harriers, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 2 Barn Owls
Sunday: 25 Mediterranean Gulls
(Great Yarmouth), Eccles on Sea, 65 Red-throated Divers, 1 Black-throated Diver, 4 Guillemots, 1 Razorbill, 3 Gannets and 2 Porpoises.

15th February

Heron: The first young were herd calling from inside a nest.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

13th February

A slightly foggy start to the day, but it soon burnt off
The Little Owl easily blends in with the pattern of bark on a Plane tree

Not a lot different to report, though if this unseasonal weather keeps going then some spring migrants may arrive slightly earlier. A friend of mine who lives on the Costa Blanca phoned to say that he had seen his first Swallows coming in off the sea, that was three weeks ago.

Little Grebe:
two birds on the main lake
eight birds still in area 26
Little Owl: One bird was enjoying the sun again this afternoon
Ring-necked Parakeet: three birds in and around area 24 and 26

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

12th February

Siskin female, feeding in area 26

Kestrel female relaxing for the moment
Stock Doves visiting garden by St Marks Bridge
Goldfinch coming down to bathe in area 26.

Redwing: three birds feeding in south-west corner of Marylebone Green, area 10.
Siskin: eight birds still in area 26 sometimes visiting area 24.
Goldfinch: twelve birds in area 24, 25 and 26.
Little Owl: one bird sunning his/herself throughout the day.
Kestrel : One bird visiting nestbox in area 26, is being harrassed by a murder of crows that have moved in to the area.
Stock Dove: twenty two birds visited the garden by St Marks Bridge.

Monday, February 11, 2008

11th February

Of interest, the puddled clay used in linning the wetland scrape had hard lumps, that when broken turned up fossils such as this, plus other small sea shells.

Siskin: At least 8 birds in area 26.
Goldfinch: Eight birds feeding in area 26 as well.
Little Grebe: 1 bird in area 5 by the Holme.

Friday, February 08, 2008

8th February

The extension to the wetland has been completed. Next job will be to source some wildflower seeds that can grow on what is mainly clay. The banks of the pool will be grass seeded.

Siskin:8 birds in area 24 and 26.
Goldcrest: 6 males singing.
Little Grebe: 1 was trilling on the main lake in area 2.
Gadwall: 12 birds on the main lake.
Red crested Pochard: 32 fully flighted birds on the main lake.
Egyptian Goose: 24 birds in area 26.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

6th January

Belated news from Sunday 3rd, a 1st winter Caspain Gull was with the post roost dispersing large gulls that arrive in the park first thing in the morning. It was observed for 3 minutes perched on a post in the lake, before the majority of the gulls flew off to the north-east. It was a really attractive, well marked individual and put the other 1st winter gulls to shame.

Tawny Owl: 3 birds, two in Queen Mary's and one roosting in Ivy in area 29.
Little Owl: 1 in plane tree, area 19.
Redwing: 6 birds feeding on Gloucester Green, area 21 this afternoon.
Siskin: 2 birds in area 1, one on seed feeder.
Stock Dove: 25 birds feeding in garden by St Marks Bridge, area 34.
Chaffinch: 4o birds were feeding under Hornbeam trees around the edge of the running track, area 33.
Mistle Thrush: 6 males singing from tops of trees.
Egyptian Goose: 22 birds in area 25 and 26, making a lot of b----- noise.

Friday, February 01, 2008

1st February

Tawny Owl roosting out in the open in the leaf yard wood this afternoon.

Siskin: 8 birds still in areas 24 and 26, feeding in Alder trees.
Goldfinch: 4 birds on the nyjer feeder in area 24.
Song Thrush: 14 males singing around the park, pre dawn is the best time to here them.
Tawny Owl: The male roosting out in the open in area 29.
Yellow-legged Gull: 1st winter on a post in the lake at 8.25am.