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Saturday, August 30, 2008

30th August

Common Redstart. A male was seen twice briefly in area 24, between 8.00am and 8.20am. It was frequenting the lone Elder tree in the middle of the pen.
Spotted Flycatcher. At least five birds were present with four being seen on island at the end of the lake in area 26.
Lesser Whitethroat. Singles were seen in areas 24 and 29.
Common Whitethroat. One was in area 24.
Garden Warbler. One was with a mixed flock of warblers and tits in area 26.
Reed Warbler. Three were in area 26.
Blackcap. Several were in area 24 and 26.
Willow Warbler. At least ten were present , with most being seen in area 26. There was one individual with hardly any yellow tones to its plumage apart from the wings and tail.
Chiffchaff. Twelve birds were present in areas 1, 26 and 29.
Swift. Two birds flew south.
Yellow Wagtail. One flew south around 8.10am.
Hobby. One flew south at 2.30pm.
Collared Dove. Two flew over the park at around 3.30pm.

Friday, August 29, 2008

29th August

Northern Wheatear. One was on area 28 at 7.30am before flying off to perch in a tree when a dog got to close.
Lesser Whitethroat. Two birds in area 25 this afternoon and one in area 29.
Garden Warbler. Two in area 15 and another in area 29.
Blackcap. Four in area 26 and two in area 29.
Reed Warbler. Two in area 26 in reeds at the end of the lake and two more in area 2.
Willow Warbler. Twelve birds in the areas mentioned above.
Chiffchaff. Twelve birds mainly in areas 26 and 29.
Spotted Flycatcher. Four birds in area 15 this afternoon.
Mistle Thrush. A flock of twenty flew west at 4.30pm.
Sparrowhawk . A female flew over area 29 at 12.30pm.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

28th August

Dawn on the Algarve at 6.50am, a little late in the day for me.

This is Casa Rosa, our base, 30 minutes east of Faro.

This is some of the grounds that at the right time can hold a good variety of migrants.

Little Bittern
Famingos (above) and a flock of Cattle Egrets (below) leaving their roost.

Black-tailed Godwit (above) and juvenile Black-winged Stilt (below)

Red-necked Nightjar a regular at Casa Rosa

A little warbler teaser for those interested.

Fan-tailed Warbler, good numbers are around most salt pans.

Southern Grey Shrike (above) and female Woodchat Shrike (below)

Bee-eater, they tend to be a little harder to approach after they have bred.

Barn Swallows are one of my favourite species, so it was nice to get these shots

A few species of wildlife that can be found around the grounds of Casa Rosa

I am back, to the grey skies of the London. It is always a gamble going away during the migration period. This time was know different, Dave had produced a couple of gems, that are not the most abundant of the regular park migrants.

Northern Wheatear:
One was in area 28 first thing.
Willow Warbler: Twelve birds were dotted about the park.
Chiffchaff. 6 birds were in areas 26 and 29.
Garden Warbler. One was feeding in brambles on the side of the lake in area 26.
Blackcap. Four were feeding in the same area as the above.

Birds that I missed while on holiday

Common Sandpiper:
18th, 20th and two 22nd.
Common Swift. one 21st, it will be harder to see them from now on.
Garden Warbler. present on several days with a maximum of two 19th.
Lesser Whitethroat. one 18th, four 22nd, and three 23rd.
Wood Warbler. one was in area 25 on the 22nd.
Willow Warbler. seen every day with a maximum of twenty-five 22nd.
Chiffchaff. a maximum of ten on 22nd.
Spotted Flycatcher. four 22nd and two 25th.
Common Redstart. a female in area 25 on 23rd, and a cracking looking male on the chestnut fencing on the edge of area 29.
Hobby. A bird was hawking insects over area 14 on 23rd.
Kingfisher. a male was perched in the wetland 23rd.
Crossbill. two flew over area 14 at 6.40am on 26th.
Tree Pipit. one headed south at 7.15am on the 26th.
Reed Warbler. One was seen collecting food in area 26, by the viewing platform.
Little Grebe. the first youngster of the year was seen by the reeds in area 2.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

17th August

Just to let you know, I am off to the Algarve early tomorrow morning for nine days. If you should see any migrants while I am away please leave a note of what, where and when you saw the bird or birds in the comment section.

Thank You

17th August

Lesser Whitethroat

Lesser Whitehroat: One was in area 25.
Common Whitethroat: One was in area 29.
Reed Warbler: What I take to be a migrant bird was in area 29, sunning itself oo a bramble bush.
Willow Warbler: Eighteen birds were in areas 25.
Chiffchaff: Twelve were also in area 25.
Blackcap: Six birds were in area 25 and three were in area 29.
Swift: Twenty-five were seen throughout the morning.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

16th August

A beautiful fresh plumaged Chiffchaff in area 24.

A male and female Common Blue in area 25.

Wasp Spiders, a little group were found in the long grass and wild flowers next to area 26. I do not know if the top one is a female and the one below a male. Both were on the same web.

Just wrapping up lunch

This is one of the area where the spiders can be found

The numbers of Brown Hawkers goes from strength to strength.

A fairly quiet day, unless my eye sight is beginning to fail.

Twelve birds over the lake at 6.00am.
Common Whitethroat:
A fresh juvenile in area 24.
Willow Warbler: Six birds three in area 25 and three in area 29.
Chiffchaff: Three in area 25
Blackcap: Birds dotted around the park.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

14th August.

This is area 12 in Queen Mary's, it is a very good spot to check for passerines first thing in the morning. This is because it gets the first rays of sunshine and is fairly sheltered from south-west to north-east winds.

Common Buzzard: One was seen briefly at tree top height, before crows quickly drove it into the grounds of the American Ambassador and out of sight.
A bird was on a perch over-looking the new extension to the wetland, area 25 at 8.00am.
Swift: Six birds were with House Martins over the Zoo during our first stint of Sky-watching this lunchtime.
Garden Warbler: At least twop birds were in area 24 before possibly moving into area 25.
Blackcap: At least 12 birds were seen around the park.
Willow Warbler: Ten birds were seen, some were singing. They were mainly in Queen Mary's, area 12, though there were a few in area 25.
Chiffchaff: Six were seen in with the Willow Warblers.

We had to pop out on an errand this morning and took the chance to have a look over a woodland just north of the M25. Within ten minutes we had seen 1 possibly 2 Goshawks, 4 Red Kites and 7 Common Buzzards.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

12th August

This Yellow Canary dropped in during heavy rain this morning.

Standing by the medium sized Ash Tree gives you a good view of the birds flying back and forth between the brambles and the Elm copse in area 24.

Garden Warbler: 3 birds feeding on blackberries in area 24.
Blackcap: several birds in the same area as the above.
Willow Warbler: 4 birds in area 24.
Chiffchaff: 2 birds also in area 24.

Monday, August 11, 2008

11th August

I am sorry I haven't been in contact recently. the main reason being that it has been very quiet in the park lately. I also popped up to Norfolk for a few days, that two was quiet if you were looking for rarities. On the other hand there were plenty of waders arriving and moving along the coast. The wind did veer to the NW for one day this did bring a few sea birds closer inshore; I did mange to see 2 Sooty and 1 Manx Shearwater, Arctic Skuas, Red-throated Diver and scores of Guillemot families.
The only birds of note seen by Dave while I was away were Nuthatch and a Hobby hunting House Martins over the lake.

Today in the park

Swift: 2 sinlges were over the lake. A lot of swifts have now left the UK, so it is worth keeping an eye on the skies to see if you can beat your latest swift record.
Garden Warbler: 2 were feeding on brambles in area 25, viewed through the gap in the hedge.
Willow Warbler: 2 birds in the same area.
Blackcap: 6 birds " "

Mixed Common and Grey Seals on the beach at Horsey in Norfolk

Green Sandpipers were fairly numerous at several of the reserves that I visited.

There was quite a good passage of Sandwich Terns. In the past I have been lucky enough to have seen a Lesser crested Tern fly past this part of Norfolk.