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Friday, July 31, 2009

31st July

Those areas marked by red circles are key locations within the grounds of the old golf and tennis school.

Another day with more birds.
We did our first walk around the key migrant sites this morning. Still being July we were not really expecting much, how wrong we were.

Garden Warbler: Three birds, 1 in area 25 feeding on black berries and two in the old golf and tennis school, area 30.
Common Whitethroat: A juvenile was drinking from the new bird bath in area 30.
Blackcap: Eight birds feeding in thoughs areas with black berries.
Willow Warbler: Eleven birds seen in areas 8, 26 and 30.
Chiffchaff: Six birds in areas 8, 29 and 30.
Collared Dove: One flew NE at 8.15am.

Common Blue Butterfly

Oak Bush Cricket

Thursday, July 30, 2009

30th July

Birds at Last

Two juveniles were present by the bandstand from at least 7.50am until 3.00pm.
Curlew: A flock of six birds were reported flying SE at 16.10pm and were thought to be this species going on the length of the bill.
Common Tern: One was on a post on the lake at 9.10am.
Blackcap: Six birds were in area 25 feeding on berries.
Willow Warbler: One was in trees in area 7 this morning.
Goldfinch: Nine birds were in areas 24 and 34.

The Lapwings were not worried when a big picnic party set up in the area.

Fresh Painted Lady in area 26.

Wasp Spider in area 26

Toad in area 25

Thursday, July 23, 2009

23rd July

Hopefully things will start moving soon. Dave was lucky enough to see two Whimbrel fly overe Lords last Sunday.


Grey Wagtail: A single bird is seen most days.
Chiffchaff: A family first seen yesterday were again in area 1 this afternoon.
Reed Warbler: Young are being fed in the reeds in area 2. A male has started singing in the reed bed at the far end of the lake in area 26.

Kestrel: This male was catching insects in the long grass in area 29, he is looking a bit shabby as he starts his moult.

Wasp Spider: At least fourteen were seen in area 26, (female above).

Wasp Spider male (above).

This female looks to be snacking on this male.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

19th July

The strange craft above has been hovering over area 3 for the past four days.

Bird news is still fairly hard to come by.

Little Owl:
Pictures below show what I think is this years only youngster. This was only the second sighting of a juvenile this year, with this bird being seen outside a nest box.
Egyptian Goose: Unfortunately a record count of 52 birds were present in the park today.
Yellow-legged Gull: A 3rd summer was on the lake this morning.
Reed Warbler: Several male birds have been heard singing from reed beds away from the ones that have already had breeding birds in them.
Chiffchaff: Birds were heard calling from areas 1 and 30.

Tree Bumble Bee: This species has only been present in the UK for about the last eight years.

Crab Spider with a small hover fly

Six-spot Burnet
Short-winged Conehead

Long-winged Conehead

The Wetland Pen: This area is continuing to develop into a wildlife rich area.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

16th July

Not much to report, just to say that the young Kestrels from the box in area 25 have been feeding on butterflies and other insects in the long grass in area 27.
Also the drake Garganey is now in his eclipse plumage and is again fully flighted. It has spent much of the time away from the public, prefering the quiet end of the lake in area 1.

These two picture taken this morning show how the sun shining on his plumage can make the bird look similar in colour tone to a Blue-winged Teal.

Headless Little Owl

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

15th July

I am sorry that the site has been quiet for over a week, computer problems. Fortunately you haven't missed anything, as far as I know.

All I have to mention:
Little Grebe:
The pair in area 26 lost their only chick, unless they are very good at hiding. The gulls and even the herons have been seen plunging in to the water whilst trying and succeeding in catching ducklings.
Kestrel: The three young on Primrose Hill fledged successfully, but have to put up with the Magpies hassling them.
Collared Dove: One was perched in a tree on Primrose Hill, a day after I saw a pair in nearby St Johns Wood. I they finally moving in to Central London?
Grey Wagtail: Still up to two birds are being seen in areas with water nearby.
Chiffchaff: A scruffy adult was seen in the reeds in the Wetland pen. It could be an early migrant or one of the birds that had bred in the park.

Lesser Black-backed Gull with the remains of a Hedgehog

Adult and juvenile, possibly the fifth pair to be successfull this year (a record).

Red Admiral


Green-veined White

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

7th July

Kestrels in box still on Primrose Hill, area 36.

Little Grebe in the Longbridge Saanctuary, area 26 appears to have only hatched one of two eggs.

Yellow-legged Gull:
Two adults were on post in the lake at 12.55pm.
Common Whitethroat: The male is still present in the grounds of the reservoir in area 36.