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Monday, July 28, 2008

28th July

Common Sandpiper

Brown Hawker ovipositing in area 25(above) and a Pale Prominent(below).

Peregrine Falcon: A juvenile male flew SE at 6.00am.
Common Sandpiper: A bird was present in the Longbridge Sanctuary, area 26. from 11.00am.


Saturday, July 26, 2008

26th July

Common Sandpiper


Standing at these two points could give you a chance of seeing the Kingfisher if it is feeding in the Wetland Pen in area 25.


Common Sandpiper: One was on the bank of the island in area 5 at 7.00am.
Kingfisher:
The bird was present in the wetland pen until at least 9.00am.
Little Owl:
Three birds were roosting in a Horsechestnut at 7.30am.
Chiffchaff:
Several birds were calling in various locations around the park.
Reed Warbler:
The males have finally stopped singing.
Kite (sp): Two birds soared over The Snowden Aviary at 2.35 for 5 minutes.

Friday, July 25, 2008

The Kingfisher was seen at 5.55am on a perch at the end of the new extension. It was viewed from the gate at the end of the lake. The bird was later fishing in its favourite location in area 1. The righthand bridge offers the best chance of seeing this bird.



In this photo the Kingfisher turns his back on a pair of mating Ladybirds.

Eight Ruddy Darters were in the wetland today.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

24th July

Yesterday

Peregrine Falcon:
The female was again on the lookout for food. She circled above the lake at 8.10am for five minutes before appearing to lock on to something. She then started a shallow dive, unfortunately trees then obstructed my view.
Common Tern: The pair were still present on the lake.
Chiffchaff: Four birds were in the tit flock in area 25.
Blackcap: A family group were feeding in area 25.
Long-tailed Tit: A roving flock was seen in area 25, it contained at least sixty-five birds.

Today

Common Crossbill:
Three birds probably juveniles flew north-east at 8.15am.
Greater Black-backed Gull: A juvenile was perched on the rowing boats at 8.05am.
Little Owl: A bird was making a hell of a racket in my garden at 12.05am.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

22nd July

Green Woodpecker: The male comes down for a drink and a bathe at the pool in area 29.
I was then delighted to see the male join a female who was keeping a watch on a juvenile. Mind you she kept on dominating the youngster if he found an Ants nest.



Small Tortoiseshell(below): This was my first sighting of this species in the park this year.There had been two earlier sightings by other observers. Last year they were not recorded at all, probably the wet springs are not helping.


Two types of swarm one slightly more hazardess than the other. Bee(above) and Ant(below).

Sunday, July 20, 2008

20th July

Still very little happening. The constant strong NW winds do not bring many birds to the park.


Sparrowhawk:
There have been two sightings this week, the first for two months.
Tawny Owl: The youngsters in area 14, have began to disperse.
Common Tern: We are back to the pair that have been here since late May.
Pied Wagtail: A flock of up to eleven birds have been on the rugby pitch by area 29 for the last few days.
Grey Wagtail: A male and two juveniles are still present around the lake, but tend to favour area 26 with its beaches.
Chiffchaff: At least three birds were with the tit flock in area 25 this morning.
Goldfinch: A small flock, with several juveniles have been seen feeding on thistles in several areas of the park. Mainly in areas bordering the sports pitches.


Two Little Owl youngsters were on show this morning. Lately the birds have been very vocal just after dark.


Juvenile Great Spotted Woodpeckers can be seen feeding at all the feeding stations.



Gatekeepers have hatched out in good numbers in area 24, 25 and 30.

Monday, July 14, 2008

14th July

I have been looking skyward in the hope of getting a flock or small party of nomadic Crossbills. This species has been flooding into the country from scandinavia in the past couple of months. These eruptions happen every now and then and can sometimes be accompanied by the heavyier billed Parrot Crossbill.
Bingo!

Crossbill:
One female took off from the top of an Oak Tree in the Leaf Yard Wood, area 29 at 8.50am. Not a flock but excellent views of a birds backside flying away.
Common Tern:
Seven birds were on the lake, including three juveniles.
Grey Wagtail: The male was feeding two juveniles on the beach in area 26.
Chiffchaff: Two birds were singing from areas 6 and 29.



I thought I would show you how the Wetland area has grown since it was reshaped in January.

The first Brown Hawker,Common(picture) and Ruddy Darters were on the wing in area 26 along with several Emperor Dragonflies.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

13th July

A second youngster joined the one that had been present by Clarence Gate for the last few days. The only trouble was the male from the pair that had been present in the park for the past month or so kept on chasing off the adult bird. So food was not as forthcoming as it should have been.



Friday, July 11, 2008

11th July

Not much to report, hopefully within a week or so the first Willow Warblers will start their southerly journey back to Africa.

The Kestrels on Primrose Hill are doing well, and have enjoyed playing in the wind. (picture above and below).


The young in area 25 are also fine, sometimes they can be seen sheltering out of the wind on St Johns Lodge.

The second family of Common Terns to arrive have taken up territory around the moored rowing boats. That is until they are wanted by potential customers.


This swarm of Bees were in a tree close to the Hives in area 24. They were quickly recatured.

I set the moth trap last night, not much to get excited about, except for this Poplar Hawkmoth.


Roesel's Bush-crickets seem to be doing very well in area 30. We have cut pathways through the area to make this quiet corner more accessible
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Sixspot Burnets were on the wing in this area as well.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

9th July

A really wet day, so not much birding undertaken.

Common Terns:
Yesterdays five flew in at 5.55am, they were joined by another family group in the afternoon.
Sand Martin: Two birds were feeding over the lake with up to 40 House Martins and a similar number of Swifts.
Chiffchaff: A bird with a very broken song was singing or trying to sing in area 1.

These pictures show the difference in the two juvenile Common Terns.

Below the adult male shows aggression to the newly arrived youngster.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

8th July

There has been little of note over the last couple of days. Yesterday a juvenile female Peregrine Falcon put the frighteners on all the birds as it flew low around the lake at 7.50am. Grey Wagtails can still be seen around the edges of the islands.
Chiffchaffs are being herd calling in several locations. Both families of Kestrels seem to be doing okay, though the one on Primrose Hill are being hassled by Magpies whenever they take to the air.

Today was another first for the park. Not a rarity, but a piece of bird behavior.
A pair of Common Terns, more often the male fed a young bird on the bank of the lake close to Clarence Gate, area 8 throughout the day.

The youngster on the grass near to the Bandstand, though it tended to be in areas away from the Black-headed Gulls that would try and steel the fish brought in by the parent birds.

There was a constant supply of fish being brought in.




You can see by the bulging crop that he wont be going hungry.