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Saturday, February 27, 2010

27th February

Smew: female still present in area 26

Redwing: 150 in area 10 and 38.

Of interest nearby.

I took my wife for a walk around Golders Hill Park this afternoon, which is the first time that I had ever visited this site. Bird seen there were 25 Redwings and 14 Siskins. In one of the aviaries were a pair of Stone Curlews one of which was calling. On leaving the park I drove up to towards Finchley in the hope of seeing a Waxwing that had been coming to a tree outside the Total Garage. I didn’t have to wait long before the bird showed, other birders there had been waiting for almost 1.5 hours.


While at the Waxwings location the behaviour of some photographers left much to be desired. These people had no consideration for their quest for the perfect shot. If they had stood back, the bird would have behaved and fed in a more natural manner, rather than grabbing a juicy berry and flying off. Then those who had been waiting along time for the birds arrival could have enjoyed it more.



Wednesday, February 24, 2010

24th February

Smew: the female was seen in area 26 by the end island.
Redwing: 100 were seen on Marylebone Green, area 10.
Siskin: One flew over the Nature Study Centre this morning.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

23rd February

The awful weather continues, and no it isn’t good weather for ducks. It is really a case of nothing has changed, although I haven’t seen the female Smew since Saturday.

Below are a couple of snaps of Redwings on Marylebone Green, area 10.DSCN6902




Friday, February 19, 2010

19th February

Smew: female still present.
Grey Heron: 26 birds holding territories.
Water Rail: only one seen today, though I didn't spend long looking.
Redwing: Over 100 birds scattered around the park, mainly in areas, 10, 33 and 37.
Tree Creeper: one by the Nature Study Centre, area. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

17th February

Sorry the site has been quiet lately, but things have been very quiet. With the same birds in the same numbers still present. This means that the Smew is still present.

I popped up to Norfolk for a long weekend staying near the east coast. Sightings were what you would expect from that area of Norfolk at this time of year. Lots of divers, geese, cranes, harriers and Grey Seals. The highlights are shown below.





Snow Buntings beachcombing

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

9th February

Smew: female still present.
Teal: six birds on the main lake, area 5 and three in area 26.
Common Buzzard: one soared above the park at 11.10am (thanks for the report Maggie).
Water Rail: two showing.
Redwing: 160 on area 21.

Monday, February 08, 2010

8th February

Smew: female still present in area 26.
Woodcock: one flew along canal embankment at 4.50pm.
Little Owl: a member of the public reported the sighting of a baby owl. After a quick chat, it turned out to be a Little Owl.

Friday, February 05, 2010

5th February

Nothing new to report, things are as they have been for a while now.

Smew: the female is still present in area 26, and begging for one of the males to mate with her.

 The female Kestrel in area 25 inspects one of the new boxes erected two weeks ago.

 The pair of Mistle Thrushes on Marylebone Green, area 11.

There is still over 100 Redwing feeding still on the southern side of area 11. Unfortunately this bird has lost the sight in his right eye. He was still able to pinch a worm from one of the thrushes.

 These two images show the difference a good back ground can make

Thursday, February 04, 2010

4th February

I am sorry I haven't been able to keep you up to date with what has been going on in the park for the last couple of days. My laptop had a blackout, mind you it gave me the excuse to spend some money.

Smew: The female is still present spending more of her time feeding between Longbridge and the duck feeding station in area 26.
Woodcock: one was flushed from the canal embankment area 32, yesterday afternoon.
Redwing: A large flock of around 250 have been feeding on Marylebone Green, area 11 for the past couple of days.
Goldcrest: 12 birds were around the park yesterday, with the ones in area 12 showing very well as they fed in the rose beds.

Monday, February 01, 2010

1st February

Water Rail in area 2.

Smew: female still present in area 26.
Water Rail: two still in raiol ditch.
Redwing: twelve birds in London Zoo, feeding on the ground in the wildside area, by the canal.
Fieldfare: two single birds flew over the Zoo.
Treecreeper: one was calling and feeding in trees just north of Longbridge, area 26.