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Friday, October 23, 2009

23rd October

A profile of both Water Rails

Male Green Woodpecker drinking from the rail ditch.

Water Rail: the birds were showing well throughout the day. they are never out of sight for to long.
Tree Creeper: A very welcome surprise was the sighting of two birds in area 26, lets just hope that it is a pair and they stay on and breed.

Just to let you know, I off back down to Lands End tomorrow for a weeks holiday with my wife.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

22nd October

Water Rail tucking into some pellets

The two rails, male above and female below?

The female feeding at the end of the ditch nearest to the bridge.

Little Grebe all fluffed up, one of three present on the lake.

Again another quiet day, with just the regulars present;

Water Rail:
the two birds have been showing regularly at the feeding station throughout the day.
Redwing: a handful of single birds passed over.
Lesser Redpoll: a single bird flew east. I wonder what the attraction is in east London?
Goldfinch: eight birds on the feeders by St Marks Bridge.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

20th October

Not the best photos, the weather a bit to dull for digiscoping at long range. I put out the rail feeding station yesterday, this morning both birds came to feed from it. So presumably they are birds that were present earlier in the year.

Not a lot going on today, just the odd Redwing and Grey Wagtail passing overhead.

Monday, October 19, 2009

19th October

Water Rail: It looks as if the birds in area 2 are a male and female. They came within two feet of each other this morning, with the bird from the end nearest the bridge posturing and fanning his tail.
Redwing: thirty birds in one's and two's flew through this morning.
Blackbird: there were several high flying birds this morning. Unfortunately we were unable to turn any in to Ring Ouzels.
Chiffchaff: one bird in area 1.
Lesser Redpoll: one flew east.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

18th October

Ring Ouzel: one was flushed from wetland pen, area 25 at 10.25am.
Redwing: fourteen birds headed west.
Lesser Redpoll: three singles flew east.
Water Rail: one in rail ditch, area 2.
Yellow-legged Gull: an adult on a post on on the lake.
Little Grebe: three birds on the lake.
Shoveler: three on the lake.
Collared Dove: one flew north.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

17th October

An hours spent looking for visible migration from 7.50am - 8.50am produced:

Ring Ouzel:
one flew north with a Redwing at 8.03am.
Woodlark: one flew west at 8.08am.
Rock Pipit: one flew west at 8.15am.
Golden Plover: four flew south at 8.18am.
House Martin: one lingered for a few minutes from 8.20am.
Fieldfare: twenty-six flew west.
Redwing: three hundred and seventy flew west in small flocks.
Meadow Pipit: eight singles flew west.
Linnet: two birds flew through.
Siskin: one bird east.
Jackdaw: two flew west at 8.17am.
Sparrowhawk: one possible high passage bird headed south.

In the park;
a female was in area 26 at mid-day.
Chiffchaff: one in area 26.
Water Rail: one in the rail ditch.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Two very good birds that I was lucky enough to see this week, one at Staines Moor and the other close to where I had a business meeting in Norfolk.

A fairly quiet day today with the same birds present.

Water Rail:
one bird seen in rail ditch, no doubt the other bird is still there.
ittle Owl : one was present in pollarded Ash tree in area 20.
Redwing: a handful of birds flew over.

Just a reminder to those of you interested, I will be undertaking a visible migration watch this Sunday.
Meet Nature Study Centre, area 1 at 8.00am lasts for around 2 hours depending on the birds. I cannot promise the above species, but who knows.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

14th October

This 3rd winter Herring Gull was on the lake for it's second day. It was ringed by the North Thames Gull Group at Pitsea in Essex on the 11th October 2008.

Wigeon: a pair were on the lake at 7.50am, they were then seen at 8.10am gaining height before heading off eastwards.
Water Rail: two birds in the rail ditch in area 2, with birds at either end of the ditch.
Common Gull: the first birds of the autumn were feeding on the open spaces, an adult and 2nd winter.
Fieldfare: one flew north-west at 12.35pm.
Redwing: twenty-five passed over throughout the morning, with some stopping off briefly.
Song Thrush: fourteen flew west.
Jackdaw: two birds flew east.
Grey Wagtail: eight singles flew west.
Siskin: one flew over.
Chiffchaff: two in area 2.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

13th October

Wood Pigeon: seven-hudred and fifty flew north-east in large flocks, these were possible local birds.
Collared Dove: two flew west at 8.05am
three-hundred and twelve flew west between 7.20am and 8.30am.
Siskin: two birds flew through.

Monday, October 12, 2009

12th October

Little Grebe: two on the main lake.
Common Teal: six bird present, with four in the wetland pen.
Peregrine Falcon: a male flew low over the lake at 8.00am.
a passage bird flew high south-east at 1.25pm.
Tawny Owl: birds were calling from area 14 and 29 at 6.30am.
one flew west at 8.10am.
Redwing: one flew east.
Chiffchaff: two birds in amongst a tit flock.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

11th October

Water Rail: one in rail ditch, area 2.
Egyptian Goose: forty-four present roosting on boats at 6.30am.
Red-crested Pochard: sixty-five birds on the lake.
Chiffchaff: four birds in area 26.

visible migration
Skylark: two flew north.
Meadow Pipit: six singles
Pied Wagtail: eleven birds flew through.
Grey Wagtail: two singles.
Goldfinch: thirty
Redwing: twenty five flew west in two groups.
Song Thrush: eighteen flew west.
-four flew through in a mainly westerly direction.
Chaffinch: sixteen flew through.

Friday, October 09, 2009

9th October

Water Rail: two birds in the rail ditch, area 2.
Skylark: one flew west.
Meadow Pipit: twelve birds flew through with most heading northish.
Pied Wagtail: six birds flew west.
Chiffchaff: eight birds were present.
Jackdaw: seven bird seen, some of wich lingered for a few hours.
Goldfinch: twenty six flew south west in two flocks.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

8th October

Clear skies this morning meant that birds passing overhead were hard to pick up.

Water Rail: possibly one of last years birds was present in the rail ditch in area 2.
Jackdaw: three birds were perched in area 2 at 8.15am.
Song Thrush: four birds flew west.
Chiffchaff: six birds were present in areas 2 and 26.
Blackcap: one was in the reed bed in area 2.
Siskin: one flew west.
Chaffinch: ten flew west.

Just to remind those of you who are interested Iwill be hopefully doing some skywatching from 8.00am for two or so hours on Sunday. That is as long as the weather remains dry. Meet at the Nature Study Centre area 1.

Monday, October 05, 2009

5th October

Rosy Starling juvenile present in Treen

Woodchat Shrike juvenile present in Nanquidno. The lack of fieldcraft from some birders trying to see this bird left a lot to be desired.

Purple Sandpiper, three of a flock of nine at the regular site in Sennen Cove.

Chough, one of two juveniles present around the cliffs near Nanqidno.

Hi I am back from a fairly quiet weeks birding in Cornwall. The predominately northerly breeze, wasn't conducive for enticing birds to this part of the UK.

Highlights were:
22 Sooty Shearwaters, 12 Mediterranean Shearwaters plus slightly more Manxies.
A flock of around 5oo fishing Gannets, Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Merlins 0ne catching pipits by Wolf Rock lighthouse (
a mile off shore), 5 Great Skua, 2 Pomarine Skuas, 2 Grey Phalaropes, 9 Purple Sandpipers, Woodchat Shrike, Rose Starling, Richards Pipit, Tawny Pipit, and Yellow-browed Warbler.

possibly 4 Minky Whales, over 30 Basking Sharks, ? 1Mako Shark (
leaped out of the sea) several hundred Dolphins (mainly Common) and 1 Sun Fish

Regent's Park
Fortunately I didn't miss out on much.
2 Common Buzzards
1st and 4th.
54 on 25/9, 20 on 27/9, 10 on 1/10.
House Martin:
1oo+ on 27/9, 20 on 30/9.
Linnet: 4 over 30/9.
There were still a few Chiffchaffs present as well as a small movement of Meadow Pipits and Grey Wagtails.