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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

23rd December

Meadow Pipit in area 2

Fieldfare feeding in my garden, by St Marks Bridge.

Redwings also in the garden

Yet another hard frost. But according to the weatherpeople it should start to warm a little on Thursday.

Meadow Pipit:
One was feeding amongst the leaf litter in area 2 this morning. It must have been really hungry as it was very tollerant of dogs and dog walkers. This is the first record I have of a bird on the ground during the winter period.
Redwing: One hundred and ninety-six birds flew through in no particular direction. A small group continued to feed on cotoneaster berries in my garden.
Fieldfare: One still present in my garden and a couple flew over.
Chiffchaff: One was feeding amongst the reeds in the rail ditch.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

20th December

Another hard frost, with a dusting of snow.

I flushed two birds this morning, one from the NW corner of the open spaces at 6.55am and another bird from the Leaf Yard Wood, area 29 at 9.50am.
Fieldfare. three were in area 30.
Redwing: slightlty fewer birds were present today, with no visible movement going on.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

19th December

Male Sparrowhawk trying to be invisible above the feeders in area 24.

Hybrid Pochard X ----- in area 26 at feeding time.

Lapwing: Two sightings, one a flock of 8 flew N 11.30am and a smaller group of three also flew N at 12.00pm.
Water Rail: Two in the rail ditch at 8.00am, area 2.
Redwing: At least eighty birds seen, some flew straight through while others fed on berries. I even had a small flock feeding in my garden by St Marks Bridge. This was the first time in over thirty years, though birds have perched briefly.
Fieldfare: Again one bird was present in area 30.

Friday, December 18, 2009

18th December

Yesterdays light covering of snow, hadn't amounted to much this morning. However
black ice on the pathways in the park, made for an interesting walk around the lake.

10 flew N at 11.40am.
Redwing: 70+ were seen leaving roost sites as well as a few feeding on berries in area 30.
Fieldfare: one was in area 30 also.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

17th December

As things in the park have been a little on the quiet side here are three birds that might take you a few moments to identfy.

There has been very little to report late, so here is list of some of the less common birds that have been seen this week.
male birds can be seen regularly at the wildbird feeding stations in areas 24 and 29. Water Rail: The two birds are still visiting the rail feeding station in area 2.
Redwing: There have been small flocks of birds present most mornings, probably having roosted overnight.
Fieldfare: a couple of singles have been seen flying west.
Blackcap: a female was present in area 14.
Chiffchaff: there is still one bird being seen regularly in area 26.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

9th December

Hybrid aythya, but who were his parents?

Waterfowl numbers are on the increase. Do they know something that we don't know?

Mandarin Duck:
fifty-six were on the lake this morning, with lots of the drakes displaying.
Red crested Pochard: fifty-two birds were present.
Shoveler: sixteen present.
Gadwall: four
Ruddy Duck: three
Tufted Duck: one hundred and fifty-two.
Pochard: one hundred and sixteen.

Tawny Owl: a male was very vocal in area 2 at 6.15am.
Water Rail: two in the rail ditch , area 2.
Redwing: ninety-four flew through in small flocks.
Fieldfare: four birds over.

Friday, December 04, 2009

4th December

At last a dry sunny day.

Egyptian Goose:
numbers a little down, with thirty-six around the edge of the lake.
Red-crested Pochard: forty-eight on the lake.
Shoveler: twelve birds present.
Gadwall: a pair on the lake.
Ruddy Duck: three birds present.
Tawny Owl: the birds in Queen Mary's Gardens were very vocal this morning, probably enjoying the fact that they were able to hunt last night.
Redwing: One hundred and twenty-eight flew through, prior to 8.00am.
Fieldfare: two birds perched briefly in Queen Mary's Gardens.
Grey Wagtail: one was feeding around the rearing pond in the Nature Study Centre at mid-day.
Siskin: one flew over area 26.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

1st December

This 1st winter gull was on the lake after lunch. It is probably a Common Gull, though it was slightly smaller, it's general appearance was more rounded and it's expression even more gentle.

Water Rail: two in area 2.
Fieldfare: a flock of around seventy birds flew NE at 7.55am.
Redwing: a few were heard calling as they flew over between 6.00am and 7.00am. The thirty-five flew through in one's and two's.
Lesser Redpoll: one flew over area 1.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Grey Seals on Horsey Beach

I popped up to Norfolk on family business yesterday, but managed to take my daughter and her freind to see the recently born Grey Seal pups on Horsey Beach. It was also the first time that I had been there at this time of year, and well worth a visit. We arrived in glorious sun, which unfortunately soon departed behind thickening cloud. Thankfully the rain didn't arrive until we had got back to the safety of the car.

The only birds of note, though that wasn't the purpose of the visit were; 1 Great northern Diver, several Red-throated Divers, Gannets and Guilllemots. On the nearby fields Pink-footed Geese fed and 6 Common Cranes flew by.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

26th November

Water Rail: two in area 2.
Fieldfare: sixty flew through prior to 7.45am.
Redwing: birds could be heard moving from 6.00am, then 140 flew through heading SW prior to 8.00am.
Chiffchaff: one in the oak trees in area 2.
Lesser Redpoll: one flew over.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

25th November

There hasn't been a lot of change over the past few days, the Med Gull might still be present. I just haven't been able to have a real good scout around.

Red crested Pochard:
forty-two birds were on the lake.
Shoveler: ten birds were present.
Water Rail: the two birds are still present in the ditch and using the feeding station in area 2.
Fieldfare: sixteen birds were seen perched in trees in area 26, before flying off towards area 29.
Redwing: fourteen birds were accompanying the Fieldfares.
Goldfinch: eighteen birds were using the feeders in area 24.
Lesser Redpoll: two were feeding in the silver birch trees in area 24.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

21st November

Mediterranean Gull: 1st winter bird still present on the lake. Though at times it is hard to locate when sat on the water amongst all the Black-heads, it dose come closer when bread is thrown for the masses.
Water Rail. The two birds in area 2 have been showing and calling well over the past couple of days.
Fieldfare: a small flock of eleven flew north.
Redwing: a couple of small flocks flew north, and a few birds were seen feeding on Yew berries in area 1.
Red crested Pochard: the feral flock on the lake has increased to 38, after a few days when numbers had dropped off.
Shoveler: numbers have incresed from 6 birds a week ago to 13 today.
Common Teal: a female is associating with the collection birds in area 1.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

17th November

Mediterranean Gull: 1st winter still present
Fieldfare: one-hundred and ten birds in small flocks, flew mainly SW between 7.40am and 8.00am.
Redwing: forty birds mixed in with the above.
Blackcap: a female was feeding on ivy berries on the Mediterranean border Queen Mary's Gardens, area 14.

Friday, November 13, 2009

13th November

A thouroughly miserable day, with the rain only easing mid morning, before returning again.

Mediterranean Gull:
1st winter still present.
Fieldfare: seven birds with five Redwings looked as if the wanted to come down at 10.30am, they then had second thoughts and headed off westwards.
Red-crested Pochard: thirty-two birds were on the lake in two groups.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

12th November

Mediterranean Gull: the 1st winter bird was on a post in the lake at 7.50am.
Ruddy Duck: two birds were on the lake, we used to have a small flock of around 13 bird on the lake during the winter period. It looks like the cull has taken most of our birds.
Gadwall: only three present on the lake, maybe they haven't moved in to London so far this autumn.
Common Teal: one female mixing in with the collection teal in area 1, just as the Garganey did during the spring and summer.
Fieldfare: a flock of twelve landed briefly in trees in area 26 at 7.25am.
Redwing: singles past through.
Siskin: one was in area 26 this afternoon.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

11th November

Slightly better photos of the 1st winter Mediterranean Gull

The photo above show the differences in structure between the Med and Black-headed Gull. Where as the one below shows the subtle differences between Med Gull and Coot.

Mediterranean Gull: The first winter was still present on and around the lake.
Fieldfare: At least eighteen birds in two flocks dropped in briefly this morning.
Redwing: Birds passed over in one's and two's throughout the morning.
Meadow Pipit: One was heard flying over.
Tree Creeper: One in trees close to Longbridge, area 26.
House Sparrow: two females were present in the cricket pen, area 24. It is extremely unusual to see this species away from the colony in London Zoo.
Lesser Redpoll: At least four birds were feeding in the silver birch trees in area 24.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

10th November

Mediterranean Gull: 1st winter bird again present.
Yellow-legged Gull: adult again present.
Wood Pigeon: 1400 flew south between 7.00am and 7.40am.
Ring Ouzel: a female flew NW with five Redwings at 7.20am.
Redwing: sixty flew westish in small groups.
Lesser Redpoll: one in area 26 with 14 Goldfinches.

Monday, November 09, 2009

9th November

Yellow-legged Gull; primaries are still not all fully grown, creating a slightly short-winged appearance.

Mediterranean Gull: the 1st winter was feeding on the football pitches at 7.30 am, before moving to the lake by 8.30am.
Yellow-legged Gull: the adult bird was present on the lake again for most of the day.
Water Rail: two birds in area 2.
Fieldfare: two singles flew over.
Redwing: twenty five birds in one's and two's passed through.
Meadow Pipit: a single bird flew west.
Tree Creeper: one was in area 2 between 7.30am and 9.00am, with a tit flock.
Lesser Redpoll: a small flock landed in area 24 for a few minutes.
Siskin: two flew through.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

7th November

Water Rail: two birds showing well in the rail ditch.
Mediterranean Gull: the first winter was around until 11.40am at least.
Skylark: one flew west.

Friday, November 06, 2009

6th November

A 1st winter Mediterranean Gull was on the lake this morning. This was only the second time a bird in this plumage had been seen in the park since 1982.

I thought the scaling of this Cormorants feathers was worth a quick snap.

Water Rail: 2 birds still showing in area 2.
Mediterranean Gull: a 1st winter bird was on the lake until at least 9.30am, but couldn't be found at mid-day.
Chiffchaff: one was by the Nature Study Centre, area 1 this morning.
Siskin: a dozen were feeding in Silver Birch trees in area 24.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

5th November

Woodcock: one landed in the wildlife garden in area 10 at 6.15am.
Water Rail: two in area 2.
Redwing: twelve flew west.
Siskin: ten birds by the feeders in area 29.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

4th November

Water Rail: only the two in the rail ditch seen today.
Grey Wagtail: two flew west.
Fieldfare: twenty four flew west in two flocks, with the odd Redwing accompanying them.
Redwing: thirty-six flew west in dribs and drabs.
Firecrest: a female was seen in trees near the stage door to the Open Air Theatre, area 13 at 11.00am.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

3rd November

The Water Rails in area 2 are really enjoying life in and around the feeding station.

To see the latest Water Rail stand by the gate and view the area marked by the red dotted line in the photo below.

Here is a quick review of last weeks birds plus todays highlights.

1000+ Woodpigeons.
2 Skylarks.
200 Redwings.

2500 Woodpigeons.

1 Rock Pipit
1 Skylark

300+ Redwings
20 Fieldfares


Little Grebe:
three birds on the lake.
Egyptian Goose: fifty seven birds were on the grass bordering the lake this afternoon.
Red crested Pochard: a fl0ck of forty-five birds were displaying on the main lake this morning.
Water Rail: two birds in area 2 and at last one in the Wetland, area 25.
Redwing: eleven birds stopped of briefly.
Tree creeper: one bird was seen in area 26, so hopefully both birds are still present.
Meally Redpoll: a bird that was probably this species flew west at 8.10am.