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Sunday, March 30, 2008

30th March

Although Herons can have four chicks the average in the park is normally three. If the nest is to crowded there is a greater risk that one or more could fall out. If that were to happen the chick would starve to death , as the parents only feed them at the nest.
With the Herons doing well and with Cormorants increasing will they soon breed in the park?
Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming.

A real red letter day. Unless proven to the contrary.

Black Kite:
I received a phone call at 2.20pm from Glen to say that a large raptor was being mobbed over the Snowden Aviary He was unable to identify it as he hadn't any optics with him. Rushing out into the garden I picked the bird up straight away. I was expecting a Buzzard, but this was no Buzzard. Back into the house to get my bins, returning to find the bird starting to thermal above the garden giving crippling views as it was mobbed by gulls. It was my third park Black Kite.
Rock Pipit: One that was thought to be the same bird flew low over the wetland pen at 10.30am heading SE and the again heading N ten minutes later.
Jackdaw: Two birds flew west at 10.00am.
Chiffchaff: Six birds again around the park.
Goldcrest: Four pairs seen around the park.
Grey Heron: Twenty seven pairs the majority with young in their nests.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

29th March

Great crested Grebe pondering.
Great crested Grebe has made up his mind and his mate gets ready.
He takes up a precarious position.
He then drenches the female.

Still fairly quiet. Birds are now busy pairing up and nest building.

Six birds scattered around the park. The bird in area 29 looks to be establishing a territory.
Great crested Grebe: Three pairs on the lake.
Little Grebe: Two pairs and another bird taking avoiding action.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

26th March

Unfortunately todays view was know where near as good as this bird photographed in Norfolk last year.

A good start to the day with a bird I was hoping to see, if I was lucky in mid-April.

Ring Ouzel:
A male landed all to briefly on the wrong side of a tree in the goose pen, area 25 at 6.25am. It turned up at the same time that a small fall of winter thrushes began to land. This beat the previous earliest record set in 1965 by 5 days.
Redwing: Twenty-seven or more landed in trees in areas 25 at 6.25am. Other small groups were seen in area 14 at about the same time.
Fieldfare: One circled overe Queen Mary's at 6.30am.
Jackdaw: One flew NE at 10.25am.
Meadow Pipit: Four birds flew NE.
Chiffchaff: Four birds were seen in several locations.
Teal: One pair was in area 1 this afternoon.
Little Grebe: at least three birds were present on the lake.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

25th March

A quick piece of fun, who are we ?

Back to work after four days spent rubbing down. I hadn't missed anything out of the ordinary.

Reed Bunting:
A male was again in the reeds in area 2. A bird was seen yesterday in area 26 in the willow tree that the Kestrels like to perch in when the winds are coming from the north.
Chiffchaff: Two sinlges, in areas 26 and 29.
Great Crested Grebe: One pair was displaying and nest building in area 6 opposite the bandstand. A very risky site considering to rowing and peddle boats on the lake.
Little Grebe: One was trilling by the island in area 5.

Friday, March 21, 2008

21st March

If you would like to go on any of these walks if you leave me a message in the comments section I will reserve a place. It would be nice to have some new faces on these walks. Past highlights have included; Honey Buzzard, Osprey, Red Kite, Knot, Common Sandpiper, Chats, Wood Warbler and even Pelican.

Due to the fact that if I want to go on various birding trips, I have had to pick up some paint brushes and rollers this weekend. For this reason bird news might be limited.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

19th March

The Kestrels in area 26, have been displaying and the birds have been witnessed copulating in the Willow tree.

Just to say that has been recently updated.

A bright sunny start to the day with a chilly northerly wind, eventually by mid morning cloud obscured the sun for much of the time.

Common Snipe:
A member of the public flushed a bird from the the long grass in area 29 around 9.50am. The view was to breif for a positive ID, but the bird called as it flew off. My first thought was that it was probably a Woodcock, as it is a good time of year for this species, as they begin to leave the country. It could have been a Jack Snipe as they tend to like long grassy areas. The only thing against these two species, I have never heard them call when flushed. At 11.30am Dave and I when to have a look in the Leaf Yard Wood, in case the bird had made a short hop over the fence into this location. We had not gone far when we heard a sound we both recognised, Common Snipe. We did not see it fly off but there was no doubting that sound. We then decided to check the reed beds around the lake. Looking from the bridge in area 2, the ditch was empty. As we scanned the lake a snipe appeared in my field of view, it circled gaining height, before it was impossible to see any longer as it headed off towards the Thames.
Redwing: 300 birds in one flock headed very high eastwards at 6.30am.
Jackdaw: Seven birds flew high to the south-west at 7.50am.
Chiffchaff: Six birds seen around the park: one in area 1, two in area 7 and three in area 29.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

18th March

Didn't have a lot of time for birding as had to attend a meeting.

Four birds flew over, one single and a group of three.
Chiifchaff: One bird was singing in area 1 at 7.00am.

Monday, March 17, 2008

17th March

A lot better weather conditions than yesterday, but little of note.

Three birds, one in area 1 and two in area 24.
Jackdaw: 1 briefly on the western side of the lake at 9.50am.
Great Crested Grebe: 1 bird circled high over the northern end of the lake at 1.15pm.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

15th March

The pair return to the nest box, the only problem is a murder of crows have moved into the area and are constantly harassing the birds when they fly to the box.

Time for a spuce up before taking on the corvids.

The first spring migrants arrive.

At least 4 birds were in area 24 and 26.
Blackcap: One male singing quietely in area 29.
Kingfisher: One flew across the lake this morning.
Black-headed Gull: Numbers were down to about 40 birds.

Friday, March 14, 2008

14th March

As Dave and I approached the lake this morning I said that lets hope there was a gull with a black head rather than a brown one, Bingo!

Mediterranean Gull: Adult almost full summer plumage, 8.40am to 9.20am on the lake. The bird then flew out of site behind the isalnd. When we went around to look for it , the bird had gone. An hour and a half later, as we drove around the Round Pond in Kensington Garden the bird had returned here to it's recent location.
Yellow-legged Gull: Adult on the lake 11.45am.
Black-headed Gull:There was a 50% decline in the numberof birds on the lake.
Stonechat: The female was still present until 12.00pm at least in area 24.
Reed Bunting: The male was singing from the reeds next to the lakeside cafe.
Kestrel: A male was in area 11.
Sparrowhawk: A female panicked the birds on the lake at 7.50am.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

13th March

Area 24; the Stonechat has been feeding 30 yards to the right of the pine tree, occasionally feeding on the bramble in the picture. It is normally on the sheltered side of the enclosure.

Stonechat: The female is still present in area 24 at the top end, on the fence or bramble bush.
Reed Bunting: The male returned to the reed bed in area 2.
Siskin: Two birds were in area 26.
Egyptian Goose: Twelve birds were by the Bandstand this morning quarrelling.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

12th March

Female Stonechat in area 24.

Stonechat: A female was present for it's second day, after being found late yesterday afternoon by one lucky observer. This is the rarest of the three species of chat that visit the park. I have seen less than ten birds in thirty years.
Siskin: One in area 24.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

11th March

Another shower rushes through this afternoon
An unusual bird in a bush
Common/Mew Gull, there are still plenty of gulls in the park, they should soon be off to their breeding grounds. The majority will have normally departed by the 22/3.

Still fairly quiet, with not a lot to mention apart from the regulars.

Six birds flew over the Zoo heading north.
Siskin: One was in area 24 this afternoon.
Goldfinch: A total of twenty two birds were in areas 1, 24, 26 and 31.
Goldcrest: Males were singing in areas 7, 13, 16 and 24.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

6th March

The first park breeding record, and let us hope that not to many more pairs breed.

Kingfisher: The female again showing in area 1 at 7.50am.
Redwing: A flock of sixteen flew south west at 7.35am.
Yellow-legged Gull: An adult was on a post at 1.30pm.
Egyptian Goose: 7 birds and one pair with three 2 day old goslings.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

5th March

Adult Grey Heron arrives at the nest

One of the youngsters gets ready to accept a regurgitated Frog

Can you guess what this is? Thanks for the photo Maggie

A beautiful crisp sunny day with nothing much to report.

Grey Heron:
Youngsters were heard calling from a nest on the island in area 5, the fourth brood.
Great Crested Grebe:
Two pairs were being very territorial on the main lake at lunchtime. One pair going from one potential nest site to another. The problem being that Coots had already got there first.
Siskin: A pair flew over Clarence Bridge.
Stock Dove: Twenty were in the garden by St Marks Bridge this afternoon.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

4th March

These birds were in area 25 this morning.

Common Snipe: One was by the new extension to the wetland.
Yellow-legged Gull: An adult was on the lake at 8.20am.
Siskin: Two birds flew over the rose garden at 7.55am.

Monday, March 03, 2008

3rd March

Female Kingfisher with a nice sized Perch
The fish has now been subdued and is about to be swallowed.
She now suns herself after brunch.

Kingfisher: Still showing in area 1 this morning.
Redwing: Six feeding in area 20.
Sparrowhawk: Males were soaring above areas 1 and 12 this morning.
Siskin: A pair were present by the small pond in area 1, the male sang from the top of the Scots Pine.
Common Teal: Three males and a female were flushed from areas 1 and 26.
Little Grebe: Males were trilling from area 2 and 5.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

1st March

Kingfisher: The female was again showing on and off, from the blue bridges in area 1.
Heron: Two sets of young herons are now showing in the baskets on the Ash tree at the northern end of area 6.
Redwing: Two small flocks flew over this morning.
Siskin: Four birds were seen in areas 1 and 26.
Goldfinch: At least sixteen birds were visiting the feeding stations in area 1, 24, 29 and 34.