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Monday, June 30, 2008

30th June

Some of the birds in the park really do have diets that are hard to swallow.

The male brings in yet another stickleback in his attempt to get lucky. He really is persistent.
She held the fish in her mouth for about five minutes.

She then swallowed it. I wonder if she some how kills the fish before being able to do this.
This Heron has also chosen an awkward customer for breakfast.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

29th June

The three young Little Owls seem to be doing well. They are very gittery and easily spooked, so if you do happen to see them please watch from a distance.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

28th June

A warm day with not much about. There were a few more dragonflies around and the first Common Darter of the year was in area 25.

This youngster had more idea of where his next meal might be, unlike his father who was on one of the pathways nearby.

The Common Terns are still courting, as the male is seen bringing her another fish.
And yet another fish arrives, he is certainly an expert at catching them.

However this Stickleback is being awkward.

She cannot get it into a good position to swallow.

In the end she gave up.

Emperor Dragonflies were seen in several areas with long vegetation.

Black-tailed Skimmer male in area 25

A vixen and one of the cubs enjoy a spot of sunbathing in the Leaf Yard Wood, area 29.

Friday, June 27, 2008

27th June

Not much to tell about today, though one of the young Grey Wagtails must have had a narrow escape from one of the parks predators. It has lost its tail and looks a little odd.

Here are a few more Kestrel shots

Thursday, June 26, 2008

26th June

Not much to report today. Most of the young birds in the park are enjoying this settled spell of weather, with more insects emerging daily. We are having a plant survey of the park carried out this year. The surprise find so far is the COMMON SPOTTED ORCHID below.

Finding the Little Owls is never easy, you have to look through every gap in the foilage.

This youngster didn't know whether to trust me or not.

The male Kestrel arrives at the box on Primrose Hill

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

25th June

Four young Kestrels in the box on Primrose Hill, they should fledge around the middle of next week. Last year one of the birds had to be rescued from the long grass below the box. All this envolved was picking the bird up and throwing him up into the first crevice on the tree.

Grey Wagtail: This female bird was feeding a youngster in area 26. This photo looks as if it was taken on the banks of a mountain stream.
Chiffchaff: There was a bird singing on the small island in area 9.
Peregrine Falcon: The female that nested just south of the park three years ago was on the lookout for food as she soared above the southern edge of the park at 8.00am.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

24th June

It was ideal conditions for a ballon ride over London this morning. I felt really tempted to phone up and book a ride.

This youngster was playing hide and seek .

The male bird was very showy this morning.

Common Shelduck: A very high flying bird flew east. Could it be on it's way to the moulting grounds off the coast of Holland?
Reed Warbler:
There were several recently fledged young by the bridge in area 2.
Chiffchaff: One was in the Elm clump in area 24.

Monday, June 23, 2008

23rd June

Eurasian Cuckoo; I never thought that I would get a photo of this species in the park. Could the number of singing Reed Warblers in the area have attracted it.

Young Kestrels in the goose grazing pen in area 25, one out in the open and another pretending to be a Nightjar.

Cuckoo: Could this be the bird that was first seen on the 9th. I say that because last Monday I had a very very brief glimpse of a bird flying away through the trees, it was in almost the same spot that today's bird was found, at the time I was pretty sure that it was this species.
Common Kestrel: The four youngsters are getting much stronger on the wing.
Common Tern: The pair are still present, they have shown no sign of nesting on the raft or anywhere. It makes you wonder why they choose to stay here. There are surely much more productive areas to spend the summer. Not that I want them to go, as their graceful flights over the lake are a joy to watch.
Reed Bunting: A male flew over area 26.

Friday, June 20, 2008

20th June

It is still a case of the same species being seen. The feeding stations are really busy, as this weather has caused a shortage of insects for birds to feed on. Even House Martins and Swifts can be seen skimming across the sheltered areas of long grass, in the search for low flying insects. One of the best places to find insects are the beaches around the edge of the islands in area 26. The Grey Wagtails are normally found here or on the island in area 5.

Little Owl youngster on the ground at 5.45am.

From here he flew up into the tree, I had thought that it might have been another premature exit from the nest.

A little while later he had joined another youngster.

The most recently fledged bird

The mother sat enjoying some early morning rays of sun

A recently fledged male Kestrel in the large Willow Tree in the goose grazing paddock.
Going on size and colouration this bird is a female. It was sitting just above the other youngster.
The male Great spotted Woodpecker feeding a lazy youngster in area 1

Peacock butterfly caterpillars in area 29.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

18th June

Two young Kestrels in a Willow tree, not quite the normal type of perch. Here at least they can hide from potential attack from crows.

Cormorant in area 26, I quite like the feather pattern on these birds but they seem to have eaten all the parks Roach. This species used to be seen shoaling on hot summers days. I have not seen a live or dead one for many years, they must have all fallen prey to this expert angler.