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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

29th June

Common Sandpiper: An early departing adult dropped down during a heavy shower at 7.20am. It was still present at midday.

Common Tern: One also sat out the shower, before heading back to Brent Reservoir.

Herring Gull: The third pair were guarding their very young chick, on area 8 this morning. There is a wide difference in age between the three lots of young.

Little Owl: The adults and young are getting a little harder to find.

Common Whitethroat: The male was feeding in the hedge bordering the Wetland Pen.

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Common Sandpiper

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A new species for me Bee Orchid(above) and Common Spotted Orchid(below) were found in close proximity to each other.  

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

27th June

Not much new to report, but wasn’t that a load of rubbish 4.1, they deserve to be shot along with the linesman.

Sparrowhawk: sightings have increased in the last few days, two males and a female were seen today. They were too distant to say if any were this years young.

Kestrel: The juvenile is still present in area 32 & 33, though it is still pestered by Magpies and Jays. The pair on Primrose Hill have at least two young in the nest box, they both still have down on their heads.

Grey Wagtail: Still seen daily in various areas of the park that are near to water.

Reed Warbler: A third male has been singing in the Wetland Pen, area 32. 

Common Whitethroat: the pair are still present.

Latest photos below

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One of the three juvenile Great crested Grebes from two families that are growing nicely.

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Chicks from one of three pairs of Herring Gulls breeding on area 8

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Another Herring Gull family below, possibly had her other eggs or chicks predated on by the family above. 

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One of two families of Red crested Pochards, this of seven that hatched in the last two days.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

21st June

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A pair of Common Whitethroats are nest building in the Cricket Pen, area 31.

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The juvenile Kestrel is still present in the Wetland Pen, area 32. He is having a tough time trying to avoiding the Magpies.

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

19th June

To busy to bird the park today other than to check on the owls. I saw two but they have moved away from the nest site.

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Little Owl male(above) and owlet (below)

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Little Owl female (above) keeping an eye out for worms

Thursday, June 17, 2010

17th June

I had a pleasant surprise this afternoon in the Wetland Pen, area 32. My attention was drawn to the sound of what I took to be mating a pair of mating Kestrels. The new male still in superb condition seems to have ousted the old male. So I thought this was the pair bonding. However when a pair of Magpies starting mobbing something inside the Willow tree. At first I couldn’t see anything and everything settled down. A few minutes later the male was back with a small rodent, more vocalising and he was off again. I then noticed the female perched on the rim of the nest box, she would have had to have become invisible to get there from the tree to the box without me seeing her. I went and had another look in the canopy, and was astounded to find a fairly recently fledged Kestrel. It appeared to be the only one in the area. How it had gone unnoticed until then is a mystery, though it could be that as the only bird in the nest, the amount of prey coming in would have been far fewer than if four chicks had hatched.

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The new male Kestrel in the Wetland Pen.

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The recently fledged Kestrel 

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

15th June

Here are some recent photos of the Little Owls.

I have had a small problem with my laptop, that has now been resolved.

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Wednesday, June 09, 2010

9th June

It was good to see the first Little Owlet out of the nest and looking quite confident up in the top of a tree.

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A Pianted Lady Butterfly was in my garden again this afternoon, having first being seen on Monday afterrnoon.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

8th June

With things fairly quiet in the park I thought you might be interested in some of the photos I took when I visited Norfolk for two and a half days. Not so much as a birding break, more a chance for my wife to see her family. We drove up early Friday morning and visited Dersingham Bog part of the Sandringham Estate and then moved on to Titchwell. It was quiet at the first stop, being so warm didn’t help. Titchwell was fairly lively once we had enjoyed a brunch break, with plenty of waders on the freshwater pool, 7 Little Gulls, Bittern, Beared Tit families could be heard but only briefly seen as it was fairly breezy. From here we travelled to Broadland stopping off at Great Rybrugh in case the Honey Buzzard was up, but no joy there.

The following morning I was at North Norfolk Naturalist Trust’s Reserve in Cley by 5.00am. Superb, at first I had the reserve to myself, a little later on two other birders were enjoying a beautiful dawn and no people just birds. I was back at my mother-in laws for breakfast and then off to the shops. After lunch a walk around another NNT reserve, this time Hickling Broad.

The following early morning saw me on the coast road by Horsey Broad, just seeing what would come my way. Plenty of Marsh Harriers and Skylarks but nothing out of the ordinary. Then it was back for breakfast and a few domestic jobs, before trying to beat the holiday crowds leaving the coast.

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Little Gull (above), Little Tern (below) 

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Lapwing with something wrapped around his leg  

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Black-tailed Godwit (icelandica race)

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Grasshopper Warbler 

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Marsh Harrier; looking for nesting material over the reserve 

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Bearded Tit (juveniles) 

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Yellow Wagtail (male), Blue-headed Wagtail (female) possibly breeding in a wheat field at Happisburgh

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Marsh Harrier just before a Hobby stoops at him

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Common Cranes (leaving their roost just after dawn). Swallow-tailed Butterfly: Hickling Broad

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