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Saturday, May 01, 2010

1st May

Little Grebe: Three pairs, two on the main lake and the other in area 26.

Great crested Grebe: Three pairs on the main lake.

Sparrowhawk: Two high flying birds.

Swift: Twenty five passed through.

Swallow: Three flew north.

Lesser Whitethroat: One singing in area 2 at 6.00am, but not seen or heard when looked for later.

Willow Warbler: One in the Leaf Yard wood feeding high up in the canopy.

Chiffchaff: Three singing males all in the NW sector of the park.

Reed Warbler: Three birds, two of them singing in reeds around Hanover Bridge, area 2.

Blackcap: Nine males singing and five females seen.

Goldcrest: Five males singing.

Linnet: One flew north.

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Common Swifts are now seen daily in the skies above the park

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Wren concentrating on blasting out his song

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Green Woodpecker after his morning bath.

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Sparrowhawk male with some primaries missing

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Cormorant commuting between his fishing grounds in west London

and his nest site at Walthamstow Reservoir

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Mallard duck trying to loose the persistent  drakes.

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I thought this looked a bit arty

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My friendly snake was back in the garden yesterday and today

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3 comments:

Neil said...

wow what species is that snake? Looks similar to the Aesculapian

Tony Duckett said...

Hi Neil.

I presume it is aesculapian. I see that you had a good time at Rutland Water. I am off to Norfolk next weekend, hopefully the birds will be good. Maybe I will get time for a few photos.

Tony

Piers said...

I think you meant 'bumped'...?!?

I love the photo of the five mallards. Very nice composition, funny, playing with the 'flying ducks' cliche, and it tells a story. Do you look at the BirdGuides photos of the week? I think this is a match