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Saturday, April 26, 2008

26th April

War broke out yesterday, as the Kings Troop invaded the park.
1st summer male Northern Wheatear in area 28 briefly.

One of three Reed Warblers in area 2.
Reed Bunting singing in area 2.
Butterflies were much in evidence on the warmest day of the year so far.
Comma and Speckled Woods enjoyed a spot of sunbathing.

Southerly winds bring in the birds, well some birds anyway. It was really much to nice for birds to stop off in Central London.


Osprey:
The second of the week showed really well above Queen Mary's at 9.00am before drifting off slowly to the north-east. Dave even managed to get it on his garden list as it soared above it.
Peregrine: An immature female came to investigate the Osprey, and hung around for a while.
Unidentified small falcon. My gut feeling was that this was possibly a Lesser Kestrel. Its overall jizz was that of a slightly smaller, shorter tailed bird, its short wing beats on narrower more pointed wings were reminissent of a Cuckoo. It was to far off to get any detail and I could only watch as it chased and caught insects, before heading away to the NW at 10.45.
Little Owl: One was being mobbed by Blackbirds at 5.50am.
Ring Ouzel: A female perched on top of a Plane tree by the Honest Sausage at 8.30am. It then flew off towards Primrose Hill.
Common Swift: Three birds flew north.
Swallow: Eight birds flew north before 11.00am.
House Martin: Two birds were over the lake.
Northern Wheatear: A 1st year male fed briefly in area 28, before being flushed by the hoards of people crowding into the park to enjoy the sun.
Reed Warbler: Three birds were sing in the reeds and shrubbery in area 2.
Lesser Whitethroat: One sang from Hawthorns alongside Winfield House area 1, at 10.20am.
Chiifchaff: The male was nest building in area 29.
Willow Warbler: Three birds were singing.
Blackcap: They seemed to be every where, not just pairs but groups of birds.

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