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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

30th March

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Just to let you know that the first bird walk of the year is coming up. The forecast isn’t that promising but if you wish to come along, either leave a message and email address in the comments section and I will get back to you. Alternatively phone the above number.

Recent news

Blackcap: 4 males and 1 female 28th.

Chiffchaff: 5 singing birds 28th.

Water Rail: One still present in rail ditch 29th.

Willow Warbler: One 30th in area 26 singing quietly.


Pair of Kestrels by new nest box, area 25. 

Friday, March 26, 2010

26th March

Peregrine Falcon: two males and a female were seen at 8.40am. The male from what was possibly a pair flew off at speed towards Camden Town. He was then seen chasing each another male towards Primrose Hill.

Blackcap: A male in area 29 and a female at the feeding station in area 14.

Chiffchaff: Five males singing around the park.

Goldcrest: Five males singing, in those areas that have Yew or coniferous trees.

Bar-headed Goose: Six birds dropped in at 7.55am. These birds return most years, from who knows where.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

24th March

A very quiet day turned much better during the late afternoon. With a warm southerly bringing some early migrants over the park.

Bar-tailed Godwit: Four birds flew east at 4.20pm.

Hobby: One flew east at 4.17pm, as I was following this through my bins it passed close by the godwits.

Sand Martin: Four birds were over the open spaces at 4.10pm, but were driven off when an immature gull started harassing them.

Chiffchaff: Three birds present, one in area 25 and two in area 29.

Water Rail: At least one still present in the rail ditch.

Woodcock: One flew just above tree height heading north at 5.55am.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

23rd March

Common Teal: four feeding in the wetland pen area 25.

Sparrowhawk: Three birds were on show today.

Woodcock: Three sightings in totally different areas, at 8.10am, 9.05am and 11.50am. Two showed very well as they flew long distances before being lost from view.

Redwing: A movement of 26 birds heading NE in small groups.

Chiffchaff: Three birds in the Leaf Yard Wood, area 29.

Jackdaw: One flew north

Lesser Redpoll: A pair were feeding in area 24. This was a lifer for Gavin, a birder who happened to be within beckoning distance.


Sunday, March 21, 2010

21st March

The overnight rain had moved off by first light, with a light westerly breeze blowing.

Grey Heron: One nest has had young birds calling since 16th.

Smew:The female was still present.

Water Rail: One seen this morning.

Common Buzzard: One flew south at 9.55am.

Osprey: A bird that was almost certainly this species glided south-west at 10.00am.

Red Kite: Two flew south-west at 10.05am.

Great-Black-backed Gull. Three flew north at 9.58am.

Stock Dove: Eighteen birds were feeding in my garden by St Marks Bridge.

Redwing: Twelve birds were feeding in area 19. Thirty-six birds flew high north over the lake.

Chiffchaff:Two singles were singing in areas 29 and 30.

Firecrest: A pair were present though quite mobile in area 29.


Firecrest female in area 29 (much to mobile to digiscope) 



Chiffchaff singing in area 29

Friday, March 19, 2010

19th March

Smew: Still present.
Water Rail: One in rail ditch.
Redwing: 10 birds commuting between area 13 and 30.
Chiffchaff: Two in area 29, singing quietly.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

18th March

Warmest day of the year so far, and a pleasant southerly breeze.

Smew: female still present.

Common Teal: nine feeding in the Wetland Pen, area 25.

Chiffchaff: one briefly in the Avenue Gardens, area 16 this morning.

Lesser Redpoll. A pair feeding on Silver Birch trees in area 27.DSCN7290

Common Kestrel with a full crop (above)


Lesser Redpolls



Mandarin Duck in the Wetland Pen(above) 

Lesser Redpolls feeding(below)


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

16th March

Hi after a long weekend up in Norfolk that proved quite rewarding with 110 species being recorded. The weather was wet for the first part of the trip through the Brecklands on the Friday. This meant that I had to rethink our itinerary. We did manage to get Hawfinch, Crossbills, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Marsh Tits and 5 Waxwings before picking up the fourth member of the group. From here we headed to Lady Anne’s Drive Holkham hoping for some grey geese. I was amazed when none were on view. It could have been that I normally see them in February and by this time of the year they are on their way back north. Drawing a blank here we headed to Titchwell RSPB reserve, with the first thing on the agenda being a bit of lunch. After which we headed down the path to the beach, the water level on the fresh marsh was rather high so waders were few. Some Avocets were back and the odd Ruff and Black-tailed Godwit. Ducks included Goldeneye, pr Red crested Pochards plus some splendid looking drake Pintail. There was not an awful lot on the sea apart from a raft of over 1000 Common Scoter, when they took off we did see one Velvet Scoter before they quickly landed. Late afternoon was spent looking for raptors coming to roost at Stiffkey. This was a little disappointing  with only 1f Hen Harrier and 1f Merlin coming in. It could be that the cold weather we have experienced this year moved them on. We spent the evening drinking in The Railway Inn in Docking, before retiring to our nearby B&B. The following day we started with off at Salthouse and the Snow Buntings, before popping a long to Sherringham for the 1st winter Glaucous Gull, which showed nicely just above the breaking waves. From here it was off to the Norfolk Broads for Whooper and Bewick’s Swan, this flock had also reduced from the 200+ of three weeks ago to 30 birds. Our last port of call was Stubb’s Mill hoping for Common Crane, we only saw to distant birds and harriers too were disappointing with no more than 30 seen and no Hens or Merlin, though we did leave slightly early. The Sunday was spent back in the Brecks, no Hawfinch this time but plenty of Crossbills, Bramblings, 2 Woodlarks and one 1st year male Goshawk.   


I would like to thank Dave for these Snow Bunting pictures

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Birds present in the park today.

Smew: female still present, though spending more time around area 5

Sparrowhawk: A pair in area 1

Kestrel: Three were in area 25, so tensions were high.

Stonechat: A stunning adult male, was the second spring record since 1965.

Skylark: One flew over calling at 9.25am.

Linnet: One flew west at 11.50am.

Lesser Redpoll: One was feeding in area 26.


Female Kestrel above and stunning Stonechat below




Just to prove it is Regent’s Park, there is the Mosque in the above photo and the Elephant House in the lower.




Thursday, March 11, 2010

11th March

Just to let you know, I will be off to the cold, bleak, desolate coast of Norfolk for a long weekend. Hopefully one or two birds will warm me up a little.

Life in the park is as it was when I last reported.

Smew: female still present.
Water Rail: the two birds managed to put up with the weekends disturbance and are still present.
Redwing: Still a flock feeding in area 32.
Siskin: A single birds is still being seen flying to and fro, but not perching anywhere.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

7th March

Bittern: a bird flew off northwards at 6.25am, heading away from the lake.
Smew: still present
Water Rail: two in area 2, will today's large number of boats on the lake force them to move.
Redwing: same sort of numbers in area 32.

Kestrel male sunning himself in area 25.

Smew female in area 26, and just to prove she is fully flighted see below.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

6th March

Smew: female still present on the lake between the area 25 and the island at the far end of area 26.
Teal: 14 feeding in the Wetland Pen area 25.
Water Rail: 1 seen this morning, though if the weather remains fine and dry they might be forced to leave due to the disturbance from the boats on the lake.
Redwing: 56 in area 32.
Lesser Redpoll: one flew over area 14.

Friday, March 05, 2010

5th March

Smew: still present in area 26.

Water Rail: two in the rail ditch and showing well in the sun.

Redwing: 58 in area 32

Chaffinch: 64 in area 32

Siskin: one flew over area 1CDSCN7051

Chaffinch in area 32 (above)

Water Rails in area 2 (below)

Thursday, March 04, 2010

4th March

Green Woodpecker female feeding in area 32. There have been 3 pairs showing well over the last few days.

4th March


Chiffchaff: one was calling in area 24.


Little Grebe: 2.5 pairs on the main lake and 1 bird in area 26.

Great crested Grebe: also 2.5 pairs on the lake, with one of the pairs displaying and holding a territory.

Sparrowhawk: 2 males and 1 female seen, with the female performing her butterfly type display flight.

Smew: female still present in area 26.

Common Teal: 8 feeding in the Wetland Pen.

Water Rail: 1 feeding in rail ditch.

Jackdaw: 1 flew south at 1.20pm.

Redwing: 40 in area 32.



Tuesday, March 02, 2010

2nd March

Smew: female still present.

Sparrowhawk: male displaying high over area 14.

Redwing: 65 still feeding alongside the canal embankment.

Siskin: 1 perched briefly in area 1.

Chaffinch: 70+ feeding with the Redwings in area 32.



Just past a full moon, but ideal for the Woodcock to begin there journey back to Scandinavia and beyond.


Three of four Jackdaws that were perched briefly, until crows chased them off.These bright clear days offer the best chance of seeing this species and Rook (rarer) passing over the park.



Two of seven Teal feeding in the Wetland Pen this afternoon.

Monday, March 01, 2010

1st March

Smew: female still present in area 26.
Sparrowhawk: pair displaying above the lake at 7.55am.
Collared Dove: one perched briefly in area 26 at 8.40am.
Redwing. 50 Feeding by on the grass by the canal embankment, area 32.
Jackdaw: 1 flew north at 1.20pm.