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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

30th September

I am off to the Isles Of Scilly until 9th October.

Keep an eye out for the first Redwings on passage, it can be a real spectacle involving sometimes hundreds of birds.

Monday, September 29, 2008

29th September

I did manage to pop up to nearby Brent Reservoir to see this stunning juvenile Great Grey Shrike.

Meadow Pipit:
Several birds flew through.
House Martin:
Eight birds over the lake.
Greater Whitethroat:
One in the old golf and tennis school, area 30.
Chiffchaff: Eight birds seen or heard.
Siskin: Several small parties flew NW.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

27th September

A foggy start to the day, it eventually cleared by 9.30am.

Sparrowhawk: A juvenile male has been harassing birds in areas 24 and 25.
Meadow Pipit: Nine birds flew over all singles.
Swallow: Eight birds flew SE.
Pied Flycatcher: The bird is still present in area 25. It seems to show only when the Chiffchaffs are around. It could therefore be roaming with them.
Chiffchaff: Eight birds moving between area 24 and 25.
Blackcap: One female in area 24.
Common Crossbill: Seven birds flew NW at 10.40am.
Siskin: One was in area 26.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

25th September

A view in to area 25, the Pied Flycatcher can sometimes be seen around the Willow Tree by the path.

This was a much better day or rather early morning, though serval birds were seen later in the day.

What was possibly yesterday juvenile was again seen mid morning flying west.
Dunlin: Two birds flew high eastwards at 7.55am. This was only the fifth record of this species in the park.
Turtle Dove: The second record of the year for this our most attractive Dove, but only my first.
A juvenile flew strongly low east across the open spaces at 12.55pm.
Fieldfare: Three birds flew north-east with two Redwings on what was our first day of the autumn for the passage of continental thrushes.
Redwing: Ten birds flew through normally amongst Song Thrushes.
Song Thrush: Over fifty birds passed through, some did drop in, but soon decided better of it and carried on with their journey.
Northern Wheatear: Two birds were feeding by the Hub, area 28 at 8.20am, however they had gone by mid-day.
Meadow Pipit: At least thirty-five flew through.
Grey Wagtail: Four migrants flew west.
Pied Wagtail:Three passage birds flew high westwards.
Swallow: Over sixty birds headed east throughout the day.
House Martin: A flock of fifty or more were seen feeding above the park.
Pied Flycatcher: A week after the last bird, another bird was in the same group of trees in area 25.
Chiffchaff: Numbers had increased again to over eighteen birds.
Blackcap: One was in area 26.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

24th September

Hobby: A juvenile harassed the martins over the lake between 11.30 and 11.40am.
Tawny Owl: At least two males have been heard calling in areas 14 and 23 just before dawn.
Meadow Pipit: Twelve birds were seen.
Grey Wagtail: Four were seen.
Chiffchaff: Four birds were with the Long-tailed Tit flock.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

23rd September

Spotted Flycatcher: One feeding from trees bordering the rose wheel in area 12 at 7.55am.
House Martin: Six over the lake.
Meadow Pipit: Four singles over.
Grey Wagtail: Three flew west.
Pied Wagtail: One very high bird flew SW.
Chiffchaff: Six birds dotted around.
Lesser Redpoll: A group of four flew NW at 8.15am.

Monday, September 22, 2008

22nd September

A quiet day today.

18 headed south-west.
House Martin: 2 birds were over the lake. It is starting to get late for both these species, so try and beat your latest bird sighting.
Meadow Pipit: 6 birds SW
Grey Wagtail: 2 birds west.

20th - 21st September

Eccles beach: It looks really beautiful on a sunny day, but if there is a northely blowing it can be hard to avoid it. Sea Watching though can be very rewarding at these times.

This is Happisburgh in distance, less than 30 years ago the cliffs rose where you can see the waves braking. The rough seas demolished the old sea defences and this is the result. My brother in laws house can be seen just below the church.

Although the winds were light easterlies it did not bring a mega (a really rare migrant). It was still very enjoyable, when I got the chance to break off from tending to my mother-inlaws garden. I was staying at Eccles-on-Sea on the extreme east coast of Norfolk. I only visted three locations all within 15 minutes of my base. Here are some of the bird highlights.

40+ Red throated Divers
160 Pink-footed Geese
1 Shag
(my first record for that location)
2 Scaup ( also a first for that location)
1 Marsh Harrier: flew in off the sea
1 Pomarine Skua
1 B
onapartes Gull 1st winter
4 Little Gulls
30+ Guillemots
2 Razorbills

one flew south over Waxham

Rush Hill scrape
1 Pectoral Sandpiper
1 Curlew Sandpiper
1 Wood Sandpiper
12 Little Stints

Winterton Dunes
1 Wryneck:
Unfortunately after I had viewed this bird all on my own, I then witnessed the bad side of bird watching. A group of so called birders were going around shaking the branches of the bushes in the area of the bird trying to flush it.
4 Common Redstarts
1 Pied Flycatcher
300 Siskins

21st September

Hobby: One flew low to the SW at 7.55am.
Yellow Wagtail: One passed over-head.
Grey Wagtail: Two headed SW.
Pied Wagtail: Six birds were recorded.
House Martin: Four were over the lake.
Willow Warbler: One was in area 24.
Chiffchaff: 15+ were present.
Lesser Redpoll: One flew west.
Siskin: One
Jackdaw: Four birds flew south-east.

19th September

I received this news as I was travelling up to Norfolk.

Two Common Redstarts had been found in the cricket pen, area 24.
While watching these a Common Buzzard flew low to the SW. It was immediately mobbed by several crows. As it gained height Dave picked up two large raptors heading in the opposite direction. The lucky --- had jammed in to 1 Honey Buzzard and another Common Buzzard.

It was great that the park had finally got one of the many Honey Buzzards that had entered UK air space.

Friday, September 19, 2008

19th September

Just to let you know, I am off to Norfolk and will be back on Sunday evening.
Today in the park was very quiet, Chiffchaff numbers seemed slightly higher than yesterday. If you should see anything interesting leave me a note in the comments section.


Thursday, September 18, 2008

18th September

Pied Flycatcher in area 25.

Greenland Wheatear

The bird flew north to a crane just outside the parks boundary.

Peregrine Falcon: One was perched nearby at 6.45am.
Hobby: One flew south-east at 12.55pm.
Pied Flycatcher: A bird was present in area 25. It could be seen by looking over the gates by the waterfowl display board and looking along the path towards the Silver Birch trees.
Spotted Flycatcher: One was in trees that run along the edge of the Holme, area 7 at 7.55am.
Greenland Wheatear: One was present on the open spaces, area 28 from 8.30am until 12.45pm.
Chiffcaff: Twelve birds were seen around the park, but mainly in area 25 and 26.
Swallow: Thirty plus flew over at lunch time.
House Martin: As many as forty were sometimes seen above the lake.
Yellow Wagtail: One flew south.
Meadow Pipit: Passage was not really noticed until after mid-day when eighteen flew over.
Siskin: One flew west at 11.00am.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

17th September

The male showed well on the wetland scrape, on and off throughout the day.

A late Moorhen brood has hatched in the wetland, here is one youngster.

There were even fewer birds on the move today. The east coast seems to be hogging them all.

There was one in area 26 with a mixed flock of tits and chiffchaffs at 3.00pm.
Chiffchaff. Twelve birds in area 26.
Blackcap. Two in area 26.
Kingfisher. The male was present in areas 25 and 26 all day, showing well on perches in the wetland.
Yellow Wagtail. One flew over.
Meadow Pipit. Six birds flew over.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

16th September

Today was another quiet day in the park. With overcast skies, little wind and not a lot of warmth, birds are slow to move. It would be different if we were nearer a feature that birds could migrate a long, ie river, escarpment or coastline.

One flew just above tree top hieght at 6.50am.
Kingfisher. One was on the island opposite the bandstand at 7.45am.
Tree Pipit. One flew west at 1.05pm.
Meadow Pipit. At least thirty-five birds trickled through.
Yellow Wagtail. One bird overhead this morning.
Grey Wagtail. Today was the first day with genuine migrants on the move. Five birds headed SW and two were on the ground in area 29.
Swallow. Twenty eight birds were seen.
House Martin. Eight birds above the lake.
Chiffchaff. Still around eight birds present.
Siskin. One headed west at 7.35am.
Peregrine. One was perched close to the park at 12.35pm.
Shoveler. Seven birds were on the lake

Monday, September 15, 2008

15th September

Eurasian Skylark: This species is rarely seen on the ground due to the constant presence of members of the public and numerous dogs.

After yesterdays reasonably good passage of birds today was a bit of a let down. It was a shame the skies clouded over.

Grey Heron.
Six cery high flying birds headed NE at 12.40pm, these were presumed migrants.
Common Buzzard. Two birds drifted slowly to the SW at 12.50pm
Skylark. The first bird of the year was on the ground from 7.25am until 7.55am.
Tree Pipit. One flew over.
Meadow Pipit. Twelve birds headed in a southerly direction.
Yellow Wagtail. Three singles flew over.
Swallow. Passage had slowed to a trickle today.
House Martin. A group of up to thirty were present.
Chiffchaff. Eight birds were seen, mainly in with the tit flocks.
Siskin. One flew over area 25.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

14th September

A fairly interesting morning with some diurnal movement witnessed. Unfortunately we could not jam in to any of the large raptors that were seen in other parts of London. Maybe tomorrow?

One flew SW just as the bird walk began at 8.00am.
Yellow Wagtail. Seventeen birds flew mainly towards the SW in singles.
Tree Pipit. Seven singles flew through.
Meadow Pipit. Fifty plus birds flew through.
Swallow. Over three hundred headed south, a lot of these were very high up.
House Martin. One hundred and fifty plus passed through, they tend to linger more than the swallows.
Collared Dove. One settled on top of an Ash tree in area 29, this species is seldom seen perched as they normally pass through without stopping.
Chiffchaff. Numbers had dropped considerably overnight as conditions were ideal for birds to continue their journey south.
Reed Bunting. One was flushed by a dog from the long grass on the edge of area 26.
Siskin. One flew over area 14 this afternoon

Saturday, September 13, 2008

12th September

Tree Pipit in the grounds of the old golf and tennis school this morning.

Pied Flycatcher. One again present in the old golf and tennis school, area 30.
Spotted Flycatcher. One bird with a tit flock in area 5 and two in area 30.
Tree Pipit. While looking for the Pied Fly a bird flew up from the ground and perched nicely in a tree.
Meadow Pipit. Three singles flew over prior to 9.00am.
Chiffchaff. At least eighteen birds around the park.
Swallow. Birds were noted flying mostly SW at a very high altitude.
Hobby. A bird flew high SE at 12.oopm.
Peregrine Falcon. A female was high over the park at 2.30pm.

Friday, September 12, 2008

12th September

Common Buzzard. Three birds flew SE at 2.15pm. We had spent lunchtime scanning the skies with nothing to show for it. These birds showed when the lower cloud dispersed and more therm cumulus clouds began to build, with the temperature rising rapidly.
Tree Pipit.
One was flushed from the long grass bordering area 26 at 8.30am.
Wood Warbler. There was a very vocal bird in area 24 with the tit flock. It took a while to locate and was only glimpsed once before the flock flew into the Open Air Theatre at 16.30pm.
Lesser Whitethroat. One was in the golf and tennis courts.
Greater Whitethroat. One was in the same area.
Garden Warbler. One in " " "
Blackcap. eight birds in areas 26 and 30.
Chiffchaff. At least fifteen birds present.
Willow Warbler. Three birds in area 26, with one in area 30.
Sand Martin. Four birds were feeding low over the lake at 11.00am.
House Martin. A flock of one hundred were feeding over the lake.
Swallow. Ninety birds flew through in a more westerly direction.
Spotted Flycatcher. Three birds were gratefully reported feeding in the golf and tennis court area this afternoon (cheers Francis).

Thursday, September 11, 2008

11th September

Peregrine Falcon. A female almost through her moult, made a half hearted attempt to catch two pigeons at 7.40 am, she then flew off over Primrose Hill.
Yellow Wagtail. One flew over calling.
Common Crossbill. One flew south at 7.50am.
Pied Flycatcher. One in the old golf and tennis school and nearby Lime trees all day, area 30.
Spotted Flycatcher. Four birds in area 30 this morning, had dispersed by the afternoon.
Garden Warbler. One was in area 29.
Blackcap. Three birds in area 30.
Greater Whitethroat. One in area 30.
Willow Warbler. Three in area 30 and surrounding area.
Chiffchaff. Six birds present.
Common Teal. Two birds flew out of area 1 and on to the main lake.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

9th September

Was expecting a much better day than this. The weather forecast had yet again changed overnight. Although it looked promising at first light then again mid morning the cloud did not really break up enough.

Spotted Flycatcher.
Two birds , one on the boundary of area 28 by the zoo and another again in the Lime trees in area 30.
Greater Whitethroat. Two still present in the old golf and tennis school.
Swallow. Smaller numbers than yesterday, with the birds seen in the first couple of hours after dawn headin eastwards. At least two-hundred and fifty passed through.
House Martin. There was a small movement today with eighty birds heading SW. This species never seems to be in such a hurry to get anywhere, they tend to do a lot more hawking for insects as they go.
Willow Warbler. Five birds were seen.
Chiffchaff. Six were seen.
Blackcap. Sixteen birds were seen, all you have to do is find an area with succulent berries.

Monday, September 08, 2008

8th September

Greater Whitethroats in the grounds of the old golf and tennis school, area 30.

This was the first day of visible migration, with light winds and no b----- rain. It was just unfortunate the it clouded over at lunch-time, with the temperature dropping.

One headed north-west across the open spaces before changing course and heading off to the south-west at 7.15 am.
Merlin. This could have been the reason for the larks change of direction. This female came in from the north-west just as the lark headed off. It caused absolute panick amongst the finches in area 29 and the flocks of birds feeding on the open spaces.
Sparrowhawk. Three birds 2 males and a female drifted slowly eastwards over the park.
Common Buzzard One was picked up at 12.15pm soaring to the east of the park. It then began to glide towards us until it hit another thermal, from which it was able to gain altitude again and slowly drifted off to the south- east.
Barn Swallow. Five-hundred and fifty birds at least passed through prior to 12.30pm. The largest flocks were before 7.30am, these involved flocks of 100 plus. After that when ever we looked up from work small groups were constanly seen.
Yellow Wagtail. One flew SW.
Grey Wagtail. One flew SE.
Pied Wagtail. One high flying bird was almost certainly a migrant.
Meadow Pipit. A flock of six birds headed west at 7.30 am.
Lesser Whitethroat. One was in the grounds of the old Golf and tennis school.
Greater Whitethroat. Two birds were with the above.
Garden Warbler. One was in area 16 in the hawthorns that seperate Avenue Gardens from Marylebone Green.
Blackcap. Fourteen birds were seen, with at least ten birds on the end island in area 26.
Willow Warbler. Four birds were seen.
Chiffchaff. Eight birds were seen.
Spotted Flycathcher. One was in the Lime trees that run across area 30.
Mistle Thrush.
A flock of twenty one were feeding on Cumberland Green, area 19.
Mandarin Duck. A flock of thirty have been seen roostin along the edge of area 5.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

6th September

Common Redstart. The 1st winter male is still present, area 30.
Wheatear. One flew SE at 8.00am.
Lesser Whitethroat. Two birds in area 24, in brambles by bee hives.
Common Whitethroat. Two birds in the same location as the redstart.
Chiffchaff. Eight birds in areas 26 and 30.
Willow Warbler. Two birds in area 30.
Blackcap. Four birds in area 30.

Friday, September 05, 2008

5th September

Common Redstart. The bird is still present in the grounds of the old golf and tennis, area 30.
House Martin. Ninety birds were over the lake between 7.30am and 8.30am.
Sparrowhawk. A pair were causing the martins to panic.

Rain then stopped play

Thursday, September 04, 2008

4th September

Common Redstart, this species can be hard to pin down in the park, due to the presents of to many people. This location is ideal as it is offers a quiet open area, with plenty of foraging opportunities.

Common Redstart. 1st winter male around the buildings of the old tennis school, area 30. It tends to favour the left hand building. View from the railings just along from the courts.
Swift. One was with martins at 6.45am.
Swallow. One flew through.
Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff. A few birds of each species are still present.
Blackcap. There were some cracking males in area 24 this morning.
Kingfisher. One was seen twice, once flyind south across the lake towards the Heronry and the second time in area 26.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

3rd September

Northern Wheatear. Two birds on area 28 at 7.30am.
Tree Pipit. One flew south at 7.15am.
Swallow. One with the martins at 7.50am.
House Martin. Twenty birds over the lake at 7.00am.

Nothing else to report as Dave and I enjoyed a staff day out at Lords. The only down side to this is that the skies were completely devoid of any migrants.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

2nd September

Northern Wheatear. One bird was still present in area 28.
Spotted Flycatcher. Two birds were in area 1, just beyond the small foot bridge if viewed from the blue bridge.

Apart from these birds there were still the odd Will/Chiff and Blackcaps seen.

Monday, September 01, 2008

1st September

Northern Wheatears on the open spaces.

Common Crossbill.
One flew north calling, over area 30 at 7.52 am.
Northern Wheatear. Three birds turned up in area 28 this afternoon.
Swallow. Eight birds flew south at 7.40am.
House Martin. Fourteen birds were above the lake, probably from the nearby colony.
Kingfisher. The male was in area 26 this morning.
Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff. Numbers seemed to have dropped today, though I have been a little to busy to check thoroughly.
Blackcap. Two in area 24.