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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

23rd December

Meadow Pipit in area 2


Fieldfare feeding in my garden, by St Marks Bridge.

Redwings also in the garden



Yet another hard frost. But according to the weatherpeople it should start to warm a little on Thursday.

Meadow Pipit:
One was feeding amongst the leaf litter in area 2 this morning. It must have been really hungry as it was very tollerant of dogs and dog walkers. This is the first record I have of a bird on the ground during the winter period.
Redwing: One hundred and ninety-six birds flew through in no particular direction. A small group continued to feed on cotoneaster berries in my garden.
Fieldfare: One still present in my garden and a couple flew over.
Chiffchaff: One was feeding amongst the reeds in the rail ditch.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

20th December

Another hard frost, with a dusting of snow.

Woodcock:
I flushed two birds this morning, one from the NW corner of the open spaces at 6.55am and another bird from the Leaf Yard Wood, area 29 at 9.50am.
Fieldfare. three were in area 30.
Redwing: slightlty fewer birds were present today, with no visible movement going on.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

19th December

Male Sparrowhawk trying to be invisible above the feeders in area 24.

Hybrid Pochard X ----- in area 26 at feeding time.


Lapwing: Two sightings, one a flock of 8 flew N 11.30am and a smaller group of three also flew N at 12.00pm.
Water Rail: Two in the rail ditch at 8.00am, area 2.
Redwing: At least eighty birds seen, some flew straight through while others fed on berries. I even had a small flock feeding in my garden by St Marks Bridge. This was the first time in over thirty years, though birds have perched briefly.
Fieldfare: Again one bird was present in area 30.

Friday, December 18, 2009

18th December

Yesterdays light covering of snow, hadn't amounted to much this morning. However
black ice on the pathways in the park, made for an interesting walk around the lake.

Lapwing:
10 flew N at 11.40am.
Redwing: 70+ were seen leaving roost sites as well as a few feeding on berries in area 30.
Fieldfare: one was in area 30 also.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

17th December

As things in the park have been a little on the quiet side here are three birds that might take you a few moments to identfy.




There has been very little to report late, so here is list of some of the less common birds that have been seen this week.
Sparrowhawk:
male birds can be seen regularly at the wildbird feeding stations in areas 24 and 29. Water Rail: The two birds are still visiting the rail feeding station in area 2.
Redwing: There have been small flocks of birds present most mornings, probably having roosted overnight.
Fieldfare: a couple of singles have been seen flying west.
Blackcap: a female was present in area 14.
Chiffchaff: there is still one bird being seen regularly in area 26.



Wednesday, December 09, 2009

9th December

Hybrid aythya, but who were his parents?



Waterfowl numbers are on the increase. Do they know something that we don't know?

Mandarin Duck:
fifty-six were on the lake this morning, with lots of the drakes displaying.
Red crested Pochard: fifty-two birds were present.
Shoveler: sixteen present.
Gadwall: four
Ruddy Duck: three
Tufted Duck: one hundred and fifty-two.
Pochard: one hundred and sixteen.

Tawny Owl: a male was very vocal in area 2 at 6.15am.
Water Rail: two in the rail ditch , area 2.
Redwing: ninety-four flew through in small flocks.
Fieldfare: four birds over.

Friday, December 04, 2009

4th December

At last a dry sunny day.

Egyptian Goose:
numbers a little down, with thirty-six around the edge of the lake.
Red-crested Pochard: forty-eight on the lake.
Shoveler: twelve birds present.
Gadwall: a pair on the lake.
Ruddy Duck: three birds present.
Tawny Owl: the birds in Queen Mary's Gardens were very vocal this morning, probably enjoying the fact that they were able to hunt last night.
Redwing: One hundred and twenty-eight flew through, prior to 8.00am.
Fieldfare: two birds perched briefly in Queen Mary's Gardens.
Grey Wagtail: one was feeding around the rearing pond in the Nature Study Centre at mid-day.
Siskin: one flew over area 26.


Tuesday, December 01, 2009

1st December

This 1st winter gull was on the lake after lunch. It is probably a Common Gull, though it was slightly smaller, it's general appearance was more rounded and it's expression even more gentle.





Water Rail: two in area 2.
Fieldfare: a flock of around seventy birds flew NE at 7.55am.
Redwing: a few were heard calling as they flew over between 6.00am and 7.00am. The thirty-five flew through in one's and two's.
Lesser Redpoll: one flew over area 1.