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Sunday, June 28, 2009

28th June

I am back after my flying visit to Norfolk.
Birding was very limited, with a brief stop on the road from Baldock to Wallington in the hope of seeing Quail. I manged to see one bird crossing a furrow twice.
In Thetford Forest a Goshawk showed all to briefly.
On the sea at Eccles, Gannets, C Scoter, Guillemot a very early or very late Red-throated Diver. Also of interest Bottle-nosed Dolphin and Porpoise.

Corn Bunting: near Baldock, several birds were singing and chasing each other.

Friday, June 26, 2009

26th June

Nothing much to report, the young gulls on area 5 are growing rapidly on a diet of crayfish and ducklings. They are best viewed by the lake outfall, mid-way between Clarence Bridge and Hanover Bridges.

I am making a flying visit to Norfolk this weekend, so if anyone does happen to visit the park and see's something of interest please leave details in the comments section.

There are two young Green Woodpeckers in and around areas 25 and 26.

The first Common Darter of the year was on the hedge surrounding area 25.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

25th June

Kingfisher: A bird was flushed from the wetland pen at 3.00pm, it hasn't been seen since.
Common Whitethroat: A male was singing intermitently in area 24 this morning.
Chiffchaff: Birds have been singing in areas 1, 25, 29 and 31.

Monday, June 22, 2009

22nd June

It is still fairly quiet, with birds busily feeding young and the warblers starting their second broods. There has been a good number of typical Central London butterflies, though moth trapping hasn't been very productive.
There was a slight hic-cup with the sight recently so this is a bit of a catch up as to what has been going on recently.

The drake Garganey has been moulting into his eclipse plumage, slightly sooner than the drakes in the collection. So at the moment he is the scruffiest bird there.

The Little Owl put on a good showing during the early part of last week, on one occasion he walked underneath my vehicle.

There has been at least three broods of Green Woodpeckers, as young have been seen in area 2, 25 and 31.

The Little Grebe hasn't hatched her eggs in area 26 yet.

This brood of Moorhens hatched in an upturned litter basket in the rearing pond. The parent birds have had to defend them vigorously from the constant dive bombing from an hungry Lesser Black-backed Gull.

Recently emerged Commas butterflies have been seen in most areas with suitable habitat.
Emperor Dragonflies mating, this species can be see hunting for insects over the sheltered areas of long grass.

Black-tailed Skimmersm male above and female below.

White Ermine
Peppered Moth
Burnished Brass
Six Spot Burnet, large numbers of these can be found in the quiet corner of area 29.
Lesser Stag Beetle

Sunday, June 14, 2009

14th June

As I wasn't working today, household chores taking priority.
I managed to pop in to see how things were looking, with the various recently fledged young.
Also checked on the Primrose Hill Kestrels, I didn't see any. As I haven't been up there for a while, dose anyone know if there are any young in the box?

Nuthatch: The bird heard on Friday was feeding with the tit flock in area 29 at 11.00am.

Friday, June 12, 2009

12th June

Large Skipper (above), I am not 100% sur on the one below, it is similar in apearance to the above but is smaller with rounded wings.

These caterpillars I would normally have thought to be recently emerged Peacocks but they are normally on nettles. These were on rough grassland, with not a nettle in sight.

A brief of the last few days:

Greenfinch: A leucistic male has been visiting the feeding stations around the park from 7th.
Grey Wagtail: 3 on area 6 at 7.55am on the 9th.
Collared Dove: Two birds flew east at 8.05am on the10th
Common Tern: Two birds flew in high from the north at 11.30am on the 11th.

The long staying drake has just started to moult.
One was calling from the Oak trees in area 2 at 11.30am, then later in the day it was in area 29. The bird however was never seen.
Great crested Grebe: A third pair has hatched out some young, this time in area 6, opposite the bandstand.
Little Owl: Still no sign of any young.
Common Tern:One fishing around the lake.
Grey Wagtail: One in area 6 this morning.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

9th June

BoldStill nothing new to mention.

Little Grebe:
The pair in area 26, are constantly on guard, trying to make sure that the nearby Coot family don't come to close and possibly eat their eggs.
Kestrel: The three young in area 25 have all fledged successfully.
Herring Gull: Two nest on the island in area 5 have 2 young in. There is one nest with a solitary egg in that has yet to hatch.
Yellow-legged Gull: A third summer was present on the lake this afternoon.
Grey Wagtail: Three birds were on the banks of the Bandstand Island this morning.
Blackcap: Several families of recently fledged birds have been seen in the last couple of days.

Yellow-legged Gull 3rd summer