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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

23rd April

Mealy Redpoll, the first positive record.

A grey start to the day turning very wet by 8.40am. The rain stopping by 12.00pm, and the temperature rising rapidly as the sun broke through.

Mealy Redpoll:
Two birds were feeding in the Oaks in area 2. They were picked up by their call, totally different to Lesser Redpoll. On ocassions one uttered a very quiet sub song. This is the first positive record for the park.
Peregrine Falcon: An adult male and an immature female interacted above the lake at 1.20pm. The male chased off a Sparrowhawk, before eventually returning to his mate in the city, who should hatch her egg any day now. The immature bird went off to the west.
Sparrowhawk: A pair displayed over Queen Mary's Gardens at 7.25am.
Brambling: Two groups of four birds flew through, one group at 7.40am and the other this afternoon.
Linnet: Three birds flew through.
Meadow Pipit: One flew north this afternoon.
Swallow: Eight singles flew northish.
Reed Warbler: One singing from reeds in area 2.
Blackcap: At least twelve birds were present.
House Sparrow: A male was feeding in the garden this afternoon.

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