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Saturday, May 29, 2010

29th May

Common Tern: a pair displaying on the lake, another male popped in to do some fishing this morning.

Reed Warbler: The 9th male was singing just south of Longbridge, area 35.

Grey Wagtail: three birds were feeding around the lake, all adults.

Northern Shoveler: a drake was on area 8 this morning, an unusual date to see this species in the park. 

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Common Tern, didn’t his mum ever tell him not to play with his food

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The wild pair of Common Shelduck were in the Wetland, area 32

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Lesser Black-backed Gull with pigeon, just before the Herring Gull arrived and took it for himself

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Friday, May 28, 2010

28th May

Common Tern: one fished the lake at 7.00am, before heading off towards Brent Reservoir. Another bird flew off NE at 9.15am.

Grey Wagtail: A male sang from a dead branch by Heron Island, area 7.

Lesser Whitethroat: one singing in area 31, but very hard to see.

Common Whitethroat: a male also in area 31.

Reed Warbler: the male that had been holding territory in the Wetland Pen, area 32 was chasing away a newly arrived male this morning. During the afternoon he was seen courting a female.

House Sparrow: a male was on the feeder in my garden for the second afternoon in a row.

 

What fledgling species is this showing off doing one legged pull-ups

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Above is the adult

Thursday, May 27, 2010

27th May

A fairly quiet couple of days.

Yesterday

Peregrine Falcon: a male caught a House Martin over the lake at 7.40am.

Yellow-legged Gull: our regular adult was on a post on the lake.

Common Tern: our first bird of the year flew low through the Longbridge Sanctuary at 10.00am.

 

Today

Sparrowhawk:  a male was hunting in area 31.

Herring Gull: three pairs are nesting on Heron Island, area 8. One pair has at least one recently hatched chick.

Common Tern: one was looking for fish at 7.25am. It dived in trying to catch some fairly recently hatched fry.

Swift: 55 birds were flying low over the trees looking for insects until 10.00am.

Lesser Whitethroat: one was singing and seen briefly in area 31 until the Sparrowhawk shot through.

Reed Warbler: the seventh singing male was near the viewing platform in area 34.

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This is the new sightings guide, click on Map in the link section to view larger image.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

25th May

London’s Peregrines could need your help.

In the next three weeks or so Peregrine Falcon chicks will be fledging. In this urban environment they often become stranded in difficult places, with birds dying unnecessarily. If you happen to know of a nest site that may need help at this important time of year contact;

www.london-peregrine-partnership.org.uk

Peregrine juv stranded

This fortunate juvenile was rescued from a balcony, not all birds are so lucky.

Below are a few recent shots of some of London’s Peregrines

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

22nd May

Not had much time to bird the park today. I had to to what all good husbands do and take my wife for some retail therapy. Once back in the park, 5000 runners, football tournament and hundreds of sun worshippers made the park an unpleasant location for migrants.

Below are a few photos taken recently that might appeal to some of you.

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Recently fledged Hedge Sparrow

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Not the most comfortable place to sunbathe

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Not the best time of the year if your a newborn duckling

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The next set of photos show a Greylag Goose trying to crash through dense undergrowth, for a reason only he knows.

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Who’s bum is this?

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And finally for those aviation lovers. This noisy snooper hovered

above the garden. Maybe I look a bit dodgy in shorts?

Thursday, May 20, 2010

20th May.

A very good day for birds of prey, if you include owls.

Marsh Harrier: a female flew north at 10.45am at a reasonable height, a shame that I didn’t have a chance to get to my camera. 

Hobby: two birds were catching insects very high above the lake at 12.33pm, before tracking north at 12.45pm.

Peregrine Falcon: one flew west at 12.55pm.

Sparrowhawk: a male high north at 1.00pm.

Kestrel: male taking food into box in the Wetland Pen, after not being noticed for a couple of days.

Skylark: one was on the ground amongst the cricket tables at 8.30am, singing intermittently. This is not a typical date for this species.

Northern Wheatear(Greeland race): a female was briefly on the ground near the lark at 8.45am.

Swallows: two flew through.

Reed Warbler: a new male was singing from the long reed bed in area 26.

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The light conditions made the birds look more like a silhouettes as they flew over.  I have had to lighten the image to show some of the distinguishing features of this little falcon.

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Green Woodpecker (male)

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Green Woodpecker (female below) 

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

19th May

Didn’t get much time to see if there were any new arrivals today as I had to pop out to Sandy on business.

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If you do not know what this is, the answer is lower down the page.

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Travellers trying to beat the volcanic ash.

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Today’s owl pictures

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This Chiffchaff turned up yesterday in area 29

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Sparrowhawk female on the hunt

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Yellow Wagtail male

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Corn Buntings

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