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Monday, March 30, 2009

30th March

The female Kestrel gets set to enjoy a light lunch.

Little Grebe: Five birds on the lake.
Smew: The female is still in area 26.
Tawny Owl: One adult and two owlets still in area 11.
Blackcap: Two males singing.
Chiffchaff: Four birds singing.
Linnet: One flew NW at 8.25am.
Siskin: One flew N at 8.20am.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

28th March

The 2008 Regent's Park Bird Report can now be seen and downloaded if you wish by going to

I will be leading the first two and last three bird walks. Either leave me your contact details or book by phone.

Are these photos of what I would call a Scandinavian Lesser Black-backed Gull?

Thursday, March 26, 2009

26th March

The wild female Smew in area 26 with a male bird from the collection.

The wild 1st winter bird in the foreground is paler than than the older collection bird in the background.

Just as the wild Goosander of a few years ago, she has learnt to use the feeder with that contains food specifically for fish eating ducks.

Great Black-backed Gull adult male above and the pair conducting part of their courtship display.

This photo though not the sharpest shows how much larger and heavier billed the GBB Gull is to the pair of Lesser Black-backed Gulls in the foreground.

Smew: Still present, spending much of the day in area 26. It was seen flying around the main lake at 8.30am before setting down on the south-east side of area 5.
Great Black-backed Gull: The pair were back this afternoon and going through some aspects of courtship display on the banks of area 5. This island at the moment resembles one more likely to be found at the coast, with a large group of gulls and Cormorants roosting on it.
One singing from area 6.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

25th March

Collared Dove in the Nature Study Centre. This was the opportunity I have had to take a photo of this species and the one below. They are normally only seen flying over.

The photo above and the two below show an adult and third summer Great Black-backed Gull. I have seen more Meditteranean Gulls on the lake than this species.

Yellow-legged Gull above and Lesser Black-backed Gull below.

But what is the bird in the photos below?

Smew: female still present.
Great Black-backed Gull: A pair were on the lake at 1.45pm.
Yellow-legged Gull: The adult was on the lake this afternoon.
Collared Dove: One was feeding on the ground under the feeders in the Nature Study Centre this morning.
Redwing: Three birds possibly roosted in a Holme Oak in area 18.
Blackcap: A male was singing in area 18 at 6.00am.
Chiffchaff: Two birds were singing from the islands on the main lake.
Linnet: One flew north at 8.30am.
Jackdaw: One flew NW at 8.25am.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

24th March

If anyone is interested in attending any of the above walks, please let me know by leaving a message plus your email address. I will be leading the first two and the last three.

Smew: The female is still present, most mornings it can be found roosting with the waterfowl collections Smew on the end of the island nearest to the bridge in area 26.
Common Buzzard: One gained height above the Open Spaces, area 28 to avoid being harrased by crows at 3.05pm.
Yellow-legged Gull: The adult was again on the lake.
Redwing: One was perched in an Oak at the Nature Study Centre, before heading off east>
Blackcap: Males sang from area 2 and 24.
Chiffchaff: Three birds sang from areas 5, 6 and 12.

Monday, March 23, 2009

23rd March

Woodcock: One flew low across the open spaces towards the parks nursery and landed by a clump of daffodils in area 15. When looked for the bird couldn't be found.
Smew: The female is still present.
Tawny Owlets. Only two birds are being seen at the moment in their daytime roost.
Redwing: Eight birds flew NE at 8.10am
Chiffchaff: One was calling from area 5.
Males were heard in area 14 and 24.
Siskin:One was in area 24.

Friday, March 20, 2009

20th March

Smew: female still present.
Chiffchaff: three birds singing in area 2, 7 and 29.
Blackcap: male singing in area 24.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

19th March

Male Blackcap enjoying the insect bar, in area 24

The female Blackcap seems to prefer the seeds, or it could be that she hasn't tried it yet and dosen't know what she is missing.

The Herons in the nest nearest to Baker Street featured last week are growing rapidly.
Great spotted Woodpecker drumming on his favourite tree on the Bandstand Island, area 6.
Not a bird I would normally photograph, but this bird looked quite smart with the blue background.

Chiffchaff: two birds singing, 1 in area 1 and another in area 2.
Blackcap: a pair were on the log feeder in area 24.
Siskin: ten were in area 24 briefly this morning, others were heard flying over.
Yellow-legged Gull: the adult was bathing on the lake at 1.00pm.
Black-headed Gull: the greedy little blighters are down to ten.
Common Gull: 1 bird on the lake.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

17th March

Smew: female still present.
Yellow-legged Gull: adult on the lake this afternoon.
Sand Martin: one flew north at 6.45am.
Jackdaw: four flew NW
Redwing: several flocks flew east, totalling 46 birds.
Blackcap: one in area 24.
Chiffchaff: one was singing in area 12 this morning.
Linnet: one flew north.
Siskin: five in area 24 at 1.00pm.

Monday, March 16, 2009

16th March

Smew: female still present in area 5, roosting on island from 10.30am - 1.30pm at least.
Redwing: Seven birds landed briefly before heading north at 7.00am.
Blackcap: One male singing and feeding on slightly raised ground feeder in area 24.
Jackdaw: Seven birds flew over in several directions between 6.50am and 8.30am.
Lesser Redpoll: One flew over area 24 at 7.00am.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

15th March

One of the owlets in the early morning light

Water Rail also in the half light, in area 2

Another frog bites the dust.

Smew: female still present in areas 5 and 26.
Water Rail: A pair in area 2, the male appeared to be displaying.
Tawny Owl: Three owlets very vocal and showing well at 5.45am this morning in area 11.
Blackcap: One male singing in area 24.
Brambling: An absoutely stunning male bird in area 24.
Siskin: Two birds in area 26.

Friday, March 13, 2009

13th March

Smew: The female was still present, it was sitting with one of the males in area 26 at 9.00am before flying out on to the main lake.
Water Rail: 2 birds still in the ditch in area 2.
Redwing: 8 birds flew through.
Siskin: 4 birds in area 24.
Goldfinch: 60 birds around the park, most in area 24.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

11th March

Adult Tawny Owl and conehead below

Heron on the prowl

Frog is the meal of the day, this bird spends most of the day in area 2.

One of at least two nests that have young in.

Smew: female still present.
Common Shelduck: A drake that I am pretty sure is a wildbird, it flies off when the collection birds are fed and dosen't return until I am well away from the area.
Little Grebe: Three birds were on the main lake and another in area 26.
Great crested Grebe: Two pairs were on the lake.
Tawny Owl: One adult and two owlets were seen this morning.
Water Rail: Two birds are still present in area 2, they have become a lot shyer, so you might have to wait a while. If could be better early morning or evenings.
Pied Wagtail: Two males around the edge of the lake.
Jackdaw: Four birds flew west at 8.10am.
Redwing: Eighteen birds flew west at 11.00am.
Blackcap: Two birds still in area 24.
Chiffchaff: One was in area 29 this morning.
Siskin: Six in area 24.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

10th March

Tawny Owlet on edge of Pine.

Adult Yellow-legged Gull on the lake

Smew: The female was seen flying into area 26 from the main lake at 12.00pm. It was then seen a sleep on its usual spot on the island in area 5.
Tawny Owlets: The three young were again in the Pines trees area 11. Please do not go to close to the trees, in case it disturbs them. They can be seen towards the outside of the trees.
Yellow-legged Gull: An adult was on the lake for most of this morning.
Common(Mealy) Redpoll? A bird that flew over looked and sounded like this species.
Siskins and Goldies: Still present in area 24.

Monday, March 09, 2009

9th March

Blackcap male on feeder(above) Siskin and Goldfinch(below)

Smew: The female was again roosting on the island in area 5.
Tawny Owl: The parents and the three owlets were all seen first thing this morning in area 11.
Redwing: Ten birds were seen in area 32 before flying across the road and in to area 29.
Blackcap: Two males were feeding on the seed feeder and insect bar in area 24.
Siskin: Four in area 24.
Goldfinch: There are still plenty of birds in area 24, it is the place to be if you want good close view of this species.