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Friday, July 30, 2010

30th July

Garden Warbler: a very attractive fresh plumaged bird was in the Cricket Pen, area 31 this morning.

Common Whitethroat: two birds were skulking about in the brambles in area 31.

Willow Warbler: Three birds were in area 31 and another was calling on Chester Road before flying towards Queen Mary’s Gardens.

Common Swift: At least 80 birds were feeding over the open spaces at 1.30pm.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

29th July

The adult Kestrels were feeding on insects and beetles amongst the long grass adjoining areas 31 and 34.

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The female arrives on the scene(below) 

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Green Woodpecker: whether I haven’t been that observant, today I saw my first juvenile. It was feeding in the goose grazing pen, area 33.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

28th July

Mandarin Duck: first seen on Sunday a very late brood has been reduced to three ducklings today.

Common Tern: still one bird fishing on the lake, which fortunately has cleared a little after being choked by algae for the past two weeks.

Swallow: a juvenile fed over the lake at 7.50am, along with Swifts and House Martins.

Grey Wagtail: one flew over the Wetland Pen.

Chiffchaff: seven birds were calling around the park.

Monday, July 26, 2010

26th July

Willow Warbler: One was singing by the Nature Study Centre yesterday morning.

Today

Garden Warbler: One was in brambles in the goose grazing paddock, area 33.

Common Whitethroat: the family area still feeding in area 31.

Blackcap: a family group was feeding on the edge of the scrub in area 41.

Chiffchaff: six birds were in areas 31 and 41.

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Juvenile Kestrel being hassled by a Magpie on Primrose Hill, area 48.

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Mistle Thrush, one of 18 feeding in area 48

Green Woodpecker male, after bathing in the Wetland Scrape, area 32.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

22nd July

At the moment the lake is looking and smelling awful as a dense bloom of suspended algae covers it.

 Common Gull: a very early adult was on the lake 19th with two present 20th.

Yellow legged gull: the adult was on the lake 19th.

Common Tern: tends to scoop fish from close to the surface, rather than diving in to the murky waters.

Tawny Owl: three were perched in a tree by Capel Manor’s classroom in area 18 on 20th.

Chiffchaff: four birds were seen amongst the tit flock in Queen Mary’s 18th, with other sightings of birds most day’s.

Common Whitethroat: at least four young fledged on Sunday 18th and can be heard and seen feeding in the Silver Birch trees by the nest site.

DSC_0011-4 The female looking bright and chirpy just after her young left the bramble patch that they nested in.

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DSC_0003-1 A couple of days later this young male is popping up and feeding in the tree canopy.

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A small flock can be found feeding on the dry open spaces on Primrose Hill

Sunday, July 18, 2010

18th July

Some Peregrine Falcon Action from London this year

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Peregrine Falcons on a BT building in Vauxhall; this pair had four young in their second year at this location, after failing in 2009 due to a lack of substrate( material to lay eggs on). Dave and I were involved in building and siteing a nest tray. Hopefully lots of people were able to enjoy watching the birds incubate and the development of the chicks, until they covered the camera lens with their droppings.

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Peregrine Falcons on Quadrant House, Sutton. It is against the law to wilfully disturb this schedule on species. The only reason that we had to briefly annoy them was to get as near as possible, the date when the juveniles were going to fledge. Last year when this location came to light it was to late to put in place a volunteer group that would be on hand if any juveniles needed rescuing. This resulted in only one bird fledging successfully and one being taken away to Tiggywinkles Animal Hospital having been misidentified as a Kestrel. It was returned day’s later when the mistake was pointed out, but the release went pear shaped and the bird flew off when startled.  So this year it was agreed with the Metropolitans Wildlife Crime Unit that this disturbance was necessary.

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There was one more site that we have monitored, where the birds have failed for the last two years. It means that if they are to succeed they will probably need some assistance.

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If you would like to see more photos like these, then click on photo galleries in the link section at the top of the page.

Friday, July 16, 2010

16th July

I promised that there were some pictures of some of London’s Peregrines coming to a screen in front you.

Well it starts today, with a snippet.

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Lots more pictures and  a few video clips to come

Thursday, July 15, 2010

15th July

Much the same as it has been, though the Common Tern has been absence due to the amount of suspended algae in the lake. This has made fishing a little difficult.

It has been interesting watching the comings and goings of the Common Whitethroats.The young should fledge any day now.

Here are some of the latest items to be brought to the nest.

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Male with Long-winged Conehead

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Male with Short-winged Conehead

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Male with unidentified insect, any guesses?

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

13th July

Caspian Gull: possible a 1st winter briefly on a post in the lake 7.55am

Yellow-legged Gull: adult on posts in the lake.

Kingfisher: one flew around the Wetland Pen, area 32 this afternoon.

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Green Woodpecker feeding by the Bandstand, area 10.

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After yesterdays second record of a Marbled White Butterfly, while looking for that later in the day two Cinnabar Moth caterpillars were found by Dave. Today when he was pointing those out we discovered over 75 feeding on other Ragwort plants. This is a New Species for the park.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

12th July

The Common Whitethroats seem to have upped the size of the insects that they are bringing to the nest.

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Marbled White Butterfly: this is only the second park record of this species. It was present in the Wetland Pen, area 32 and would sometimes hop over the hedge and into the nearby area. It seldom settled for more than a few seconds.

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