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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

19th August

I am off to the Algarve for the next 11 days, hopefully the sky above our base will be filled with the calls Bee Eaters.

Please leave any bird news in the comments section for others to hopefully go and look at.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

18th August

For the second August running Little Grebes have produced another late chick

Tree Pipit:
One flew south at 6.30am, first of the autumn.
Swallow: Two birds flew south at 10.10am, also the first of the autumn.
Willow Warbler: Six birds amongst a large tit flock in area 1 and 2.
Chiffchaff: Six birds also with the tit flock.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

16th August

A fairly quiet bird walk with a sprinkling of migrants dotted around, again the key was finding the tit flocks.

the drake flew into area 1 at 6.30am.
Sparrowhawk & Kestrel:
Two birds were seen soaring together above the park, with the latter species being the aggressor.
Treecreeper: I was very surprised to see one of these climbing a dead elm in the company of a mixed tit flock. The last record was about four years ago.
Common Whitethroat: singles in area 24 and 30.
Blackcap: several birds seen in areas with blackberries.
Willow Warbler: four birds at least.
Chiffchaff: three birds singing.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

15th August

I am back from a few enjoyable days in Norfolk. On the whole it was a little quiet, with the only things moving were a few waders. The best being Baird's Sandpiper, Wood, Green and Curlew Sandpipers, Little Stints and plenty of commoner species. It was good to see a good proportion still in summer plumage, as these were mainly the adults, the juveniles will be along shortly. The only notable movement of passerines involved Lesser and Common Whitethroats. The sea was very disappointing with only a handful of Arctic Skuas seen, two Roseate Terns plus a few Arctic, Common and Sandwich Terns. There was a day when Marsh Harriers and Hobby's were seen coming in off the sea.

I managed to miss a couple of goodies in the park while I was away, highlights below

Common Sandpiper: one was present 9/8.
one was in Nursery Lodge 9/8.
Pied Flycatcher:
one was in the grounds of the old golf and tennis school, area 30 on 10/8.
Garden Warbler: Two in same area as above 10/8.
Common Whitethroat: Two in same area as above 10/8.
Willow Warbler: ten in same area as above 10/8.
Peregrine Falcon: one over on 11/8.
Common Buzzard: one over at 5.00pm 12/8.
Hobby: one over at 5.30pm 12/8.
Common Swift: 50+ over the lake at 5.45am 13/8.


a pair were present in area 14 for a couple of hours this morning.
six over the lake at 6.00am.
Common Whitethroat:
two in area golf/tennis area 30.
Blackcap: three in area 29.
Willow Warbler: three in area 30

If anyone is interested I am leading a bird walk at 8.00am tomorrow. It will leave the Nature Study Centre, area 1 promptly. Free parking is available on Prince Albert Road, area 33. It could last for up to 2 hours depending on the birds.

Below are some of pics taken in Norfolk, I didn't take many but these are a few that I like for one reason or another.
Summer plumaged Turnstones always look smart.

Barn Swallows are one of my favourite birds, these two youngsters were two good an opportunity to turn down.

This Sand Martin colony is on a rapidly disappearing piece of Norfolk coastline. Fortunately the birds can dig a new whole every year if need be.

Friday, August 07, 2009

7th August

I am off to Norfolk for a week, hopefully to see a rare wader or two.
Please leave any bird news in the comments section.

Monday, August 03, 2009

3rd August

A lot of birds are feeding on the Mountain Ash (Rowan) berries

Garden Warbler: Sinles in area 24 and 30.
Blackcap: Eight birds feeding on black berries in areas 24, 25 and 29.
Willow Warbler: Four birds in area 24 this afternoon.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

2nd July

Garganey: The drake is still present, it spends most of the time with the other waterfowl that are moulting at the far end of the lake in area 1.
Crossbill: Three birds were possibly perched in trees by the lake at 6.25 am before being flushed and flying off westwards calling excitedly
Garden Warbler: Four birds, one in area 26 and three in area 30.
Common Whitethroat: A juvenile was again in the old golf and tennis school, area 30.
Blackcap: Two in area 26 and two in area 29.
Willow Warbler: Three birds present, two in area 30.
Chiffchaff: One in area 29.
Sparrowhawk: Female over area 26.
House Martin: Twenty drinking from a puddle.
Goldfinch: At least eighteen birds feeding in area 30.

Common Whitethroat

Goldfinch juveniles above and below

This Wren appears to be putting his head down.

Migrant Hawker: My first photograph of a live specimen in the park

These Tree Lichen Beauties were caught in the moth trap yesterday

Brimstone Moth