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Monday, April 27, 2009

27th April

This well marked bird was seen at 7.00am and departed at 12.40pm, it was then seen at Hyde Park at 12.50pm.

A nice sunny start soon detiriated into a dull damp day, with nothing of note apart from.

A superbly marked drake craoked along with the five drakes in the collection. This was the 3rd park record, the other two being in 1990 and 1995.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

26th April

Though this bird was a lot lower than the one seen today it shows the ID features that are most obvious on high flying birds.

The last few days have been really dissapointing, with hardly any new migrants arriving. Today was still not much better.

One flew very high south-eastwards at 10.20am.
Common Tern: One flew north-east at 11.00am.
Swallow: One flew west at 12.05pm.
Chiffchaff: Three birds were present, with one pair nest-building.
Blackcap; Nine singing males were present.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

22nd April

Common Redstart: A female was seen briefly in feeding in trees in the far corner of area 29 at 8.15am.
Swallow: Four birds flew north at 8.15am.
Willow Warbler: Eight birds singing around the park, four in The English Gardens, area 18.
Chiffchaff: A pair in area 29.

Monday, April 20, 2009

20th April

Orange tips were out in area 29, feeding on Garlic Mustard.

The first swarm of the year.

A cold start to the day, turning warm and sunny by mid morning, with the chilly north-east wind dropping in the afternoon.

Little Grebe:
Four pairs on the lake.
Red Kite:
Two bird flew NE at 3.55pm, I say flew but they really glided, using the headwind to maintain altitude.
Common Buzzard: Two singles one at 3.50pm seen by Dave. He phoned to see if I was at home as the bird was heading in my direction. At the time I was on the other side of the park in area 29 checking to see if any migrants were showing, now that the workers had left the yard. On hearing the news I rushed out on to the open space, but was unable to pick the Buzzard up. Luckily though I managed to jam in to the above Kites. The second bird was picked up thermaling high above the open spaces heading slowly westwards. While watching, a very bizarre event happened, the bird then stooped at an object that was hard to identify. It looked like a Swift but it wasn't flapping and appeared almost stationary, possibly turning in sharp circles. The Buzzard struck it but didn't lock on, it came around again but didn't attempt another strike and continued on its journey the prey item did very little. It may have been killed instantly, it was to high to make out and my neck was now beginning to suffer. The event had taken place almost directly overhead. I was then unable to relocate it when I tried again as the cloud had moved and the sky above was blue.
Swallow: Four birds flew north.
Yellow Wagtail: One flew west at 10.10am.
Willow Warbler: Two birds present.
Chiffchaff: Two birds singing, in area 1 and 29.
Blackcap: 7 singing males.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

18th April

At least three males are holding territories.

The male Common Kestrel keeps his feathers in order.

A nice sunny afternoon, brought a few more butterflies out.

A fairly quiet day, a northeast breeze isn't the best for bringing migrants into the park.

A male was above my house at 3.20pm.
Green Woodpecker: Three male birds present.
Sand Martin: Four birds flew low north this morning.
Willow Warbler: Three birds singing.
Chiffchaff: Three birds singing, two in area 29.
Blackcap: Ten birds present.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

16th April

A dry start to the day but rain arrived at 8.00am and lasted on and off through the rest of the day.

Ringed Plover:
My first, I think? and the first in the park since 1965 flew west at 2.10pm.
Swallow: Two flew N at 7.30am.
House Martin: Three over the lake and another bird flew N.
Willow Warbler: Two birds singing.
Chiffchaff: One singing in area 29.
Blackcap: Several birds singing in most areas with suitable habitat.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

15th April

Not the best day for observing diurnal migration, a murky start then turned into a hazy afternoon.

Peregrine Falcon:
Two males and one female bird was seen over the park.
BoldSwallow: One flew low north.
Reed Warbler: One was singing at the end of the lake in area 26.
Willow Warbler: Four birds singing.
Chiffchaff: Two in area 29.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

14th April

Northern Wheatear on the cricket squares.

Occasionally found food on the AstroTurf wicket

Crayfish have been very noticeable around the edge of the lake especially in area 26.

Oystercatcher: The first for about sixteen years flew in from the SW at 7.30am. I heard it calling and was looking skywards for it. I was surprised to find it flying just above the lake and heading straight towards me. It then veered and headed off to the east. I phoned Dave who I hoped was somewhere near, luckily enough he to connected with the bird.
Peregrine Falcon: A female was seen at 10.35am and again at 12.40pm, when it was in the air above the park for over 5 mins.
Great Black-backed Gull: Two birds flew east at 8.30am.
House Martin: Three birds were over the lake at mid-day.
Northern Wheatear: A male was on the cricket squares for a while, until to much disturbance forced it to depart.
Meadow Pipit: Two singles flew west.
Jackdaw: One flew in and perched with the crows by the lake at 7.40am.
Willow Warbler: Six birds were singing around the park.
Chiffchaff: Three birds were present.
Blackcap: Six males and three females were present.
Linnet: Two singles flew north.
Siskin: A flock of fourteen flew north at 11.00am.

Monday, April 13, 2009

13th April

A good afternoon was had by Dave from his garden, these were three of the species seen but the photos were taken else where.

Sky Watching between 3.00pm and 4.30pm Dave.
Common Buzzard:
One flew SE at 3.05pm.
Red Kite: One flew W at 4.20pm.
Peregrine Falcon: Two singles flew W.
Sparrowhawk: Two singles flew W.

This morning
Yellow Wagtail:
One flew W at 8.55am.
Swallow: One flew N at 8.56.
House Martin: One flew N at 9.00am.
Meadow Pipit: Eleven birds flew northish, some looked to come down but changed there minds.
Willow Warbler: Eight present.
Chiffchaff: Four present.
Blackcap: Six present.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

12th April

House Martin: Two bird were over the lake at 9.00am.
Blackcap: Seven birds singing around the park.
Willow Warbler: Seven birds present.
Chiffchaff: Four birds singing.
Goldcrest: Birds present in areas 1, 12 and 16. One bird was collecting nesting material.

Friday, April 10, 2009

10th April

Firecrest: A male was singing and showed briefly in by the gates to the Holme, area 7.
Willow Warbler: Seven birds singing around the park, mainly areas 2 and 26.
Chiffchaff: Three birds singing.
Blackcap: Five males singing, in area 7, 8, 24 and 29.
Little Owl: One showed very well this morning.
Tawny Owl: The family were very active this morning in area 14.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

8th April

The Tawny Owl youngster has a moment of piece, as the Jays and smaller birds stop mobbing him for a while.

Sparrowhawk: A male was displaying over area 12.
Tawny Owl:
One of the owlets was in a Hornbeam by the entrance to Capel Manor College.
Willow Warbler: Seven birds were singing around the park.
Chiffchaff: Two male still in areas 1 and 29.
Blackcap: Five males were singing.
Siskin: One flew north.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

7th April

House Martin: Seven birds flew north at 11.50am.
Willow Warbler: At least six birds present mainly around area 26.
Chiffchaff: Two birds singing from area 1 and 29.
Blackcap: Six males singing.
Green Woodpecker: One bird excavating a hole in an Ash tree in area 32.
Song Thrush: Two birds flew from area 29 and headed off high eastwards.

Monday, April 06, 2009

6th March

This Northern Wheatear was seen to fly in off the sea and land on these rocks on the beach.

Common Seals on Horsey Beach

The Smew above may have departed as it wasn't seen today, the Greater Scaup below turned up in 1997 and has been with the collections Scaup eversince.

Sorry the site has been quiet for the last few days, I had to pop up to Norfolk.
When I did manage to get out and do some birding, there wan't much on the move.

Highlights were superb views of female Hen Harrier and Peregrine, summer plumaged R T Divers, Swallow, Black Redstart(in garden), and a couple of Wheatears.

Yesterday in the park;
One was flushed from amongst dafodils in area 10 at 6.10am.
Hawfinch: One flew south at 6.40am.
Willow Warbler: Two birds were singing from area 2 and 12.
Meadow Pipit: Three flew north.

Today in the park;
One was flushed from the leaf yard wood, area 29. It did a quick circuit before dropping back in again.
Peregrine Falcon: A very high male came in from the north at 1.00pm
Sparrowhawk: Five birds were seen, three very high single birds headed west and were thought to be passage birds.
White Wagtail: One flew west at 8.05.
Song Thrush: Two birds flew high to the NE, possible departing winter visitors.
Willow Warbler:Eight birds singing, with three in area 29.
Chiffchaff: Two birds singing.
Blackcap: Three males singing.
Linnet: One flew north-west.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

31st March

Smew: Female still present.
Common Shelduck: A pair presumed to be of wild origin were chased around the lake by a fully flighted male that belongs in the collection.
Great Black-backed Gull: One east at 9.00am.
Black-headed Gull: Eight flew east at 9.00am.
Fieldfare: One flew N at 8.15am.
Redwing: Eight flew N at 8.15 am.
Meadow Pipit: One flew N at 8.20am.
Blackcap: A female on a feeder in area 24.
Chiffchaff: Three birds singing.
Brambling: One flew north-west at 7.35am.