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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

31st August

Common Buzzard: after reports of Buzzards on the move along the east coast and over the the Wetland Centre, I finally connected with one at 3.00pm as it drifted SW.

Peregrine: one soared high over the Zoo at 2.50pm.

Swift: three were over area 2 earl morning.

Yellow Wagtail: two singles flew over between 7.35am and 7.50am.

Grey Wagtail: one flew over.

Spotted Flycatcher: three were in the Lime tree’s bordering the Holford House site, area 40.

Common Whitethroat: six birds were seen in areas 31, 39 and 40.

Reed Warbler: two bird have been feeding in the flattened reed bed on the end of the island in area 34.

Blackcap: ten birds scattered around the key locations.

Willow Warbler: six birds present.

Chiffchaff: eight birds present

We cut the reeds back in the rail ditch, area 2, anticipating the arrival of the birds again.

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Another Sparrowhawk terrorising the bird life

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A scruffy Reed Warbler, undergoing his/hers moult

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Monday, August 30, 2010

30th August

Peregrine: One was seen high above the park at 10.45am.

Sparrowhawk: again the male bird was scaring all the passerines around the NE end of the lake.

Swift: One was over the lake at 7.00am.

Swallow: two flew south-west

Tree Creeper: one was seen with the tit flock

Spotted Flycatcher: possibly five birds present, two were in a garden in area 18 and three were in the Wetland Pen, area 32.

Blackcap: twelve were seen in areas 31, 32, 34 and 41.

Chiffchaff: Ten were seen in the same areas as above.

Willow Warbler: Three were in area 32.

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

29th August

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I have now uploaded my Menorca holiday snaps. Click on the link to my photo gallery.

29th August

Swift: one was over the tree’s in area 2 at 6.30am. It really is getting towards the time when this species will be absent from the skies above London.

Swallow: one flew north, possibly to avoid the rain that passed through overnight.

Sand Martin: three flew north

Yellow Wagtail: one flew north

Grey Wagtail: one flew south-west

Blackcap: six birds were present, three in area 31 and three in area 41

Chiffchaff: sixteen were scattered around the park

Willow Warbler: six were seen, now outnumbered by chiffies.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

28th August

Wood Warbler: a very frustrating bird gave me the run around in amongst a large tit flock that were feeding in the tall Poplar trees in the Wetland Pen. They then moved into the Willows at the end of the lake in area 34. The bird then flew towards the Silver Birches in the Cricket Pen and couldn’t be relocated.

Pied Flycatcher: While checking the roving tit flock as it moved through the lakeside trees, this bird suddenly flew into view at the top of a tree. It fed in the canopy, but suddenly all the birds vanished into cover as the male Sparrowhawk appeared just above the trees. It couldn’t be found after that.

Spotted Flycatcher: One was following the tit flock, again it wasn’t the most showy flycatcher, keeping in amongst the branches and popping out to grab something every now and then.

Garden Warbler: One on the island in area 34.

Blackcap: three birds were feeding on berries at the end of the lake, area 34.

Chiffchaff: fourteen birds were counted amongst the tit flock.

Willow Warbler: six were also with the tit flock.

Swallow: one flew south at 8.20am.

Sand Martin: one flew SW with three House Martins.

Sparrowhawk: two resident birds were seen and two very high passage birds headed NE at 11.30am.

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The photos show well the barring on the underside of the pesky Sparrowhawk that flushed the Pied Flycatcher. 

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

26th August

I am back after 9 very warm and enjoyable days on the island of Menorca. First around up of what I missed in the park.

Osprey: one drifted low to the south at 9.57am 17th.

Tree Pipit: just after the above species had flown through one dropped into a tree on the open spaces.

Spotted Flycatcher: birds were seen on 17th, 18th and 2 on 24th.

Common Redstart: an adult male was seen for a few minutes in the wetland pen at 6.25pm.

Willow Warbler: 20+ were around the park 22nd.

Chiffchaff: seen in similar numbers also on the 22nd.

Garden Warbler: two were in area 31 on 24th.

Hobby: One flew west at 8.00am 25th.

Yellow Wagtail: one flew south at 9.25am 25th.

Common Whitethroat: six birds were in the cricket pen 25th.

Now for a few snaps from my holiday.

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We stayed with Pete and Lynn on a very tidy development called Son Vilar. Their villa is on the edge by fields and quiet lanes, which I wandered around several time a day while Sally sunbathed by the pool. The area we rented for the nine days was on the ground floor in this picture and we had sole use of the pool. Every evening we wandered down to Es Castelle to sample the local foods and beverages. Most of my early morning excursions were within 20 minutes of our base, with the exception of the trip to find Egyptian Vultures in the Algendar Gorge  near Cala Galdana, which took 40 minutes.

If this looks and sounds like the kind of place you would like to stay visit www.fly2mahon.com 

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                                 Now the Birds

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                           Purple Heron at Son Parc

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                         Purple Gallinule at Son Bou

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Audouin’s Gull, this species was seen regularly around the coast

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Egyptian Vulture in Algendar Gorge

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                    Booted Eagle, light and dark phase birds

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The head lights on the shoulders are a good ID feature on this bird

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Elanoras Falcon in the early morning light

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                Pallid Swift

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          Woodchat Shrikes 3 female, 2 male and 1 juvenile

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       Turtle Doves were very numerous and a pleasant surprise.

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 Blue Rock Thrush, adult and juvenile

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             Thekla Lark (above)

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      Tawny Pipit (adult and juvenile)

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DSC_0592  Bee-eaters would fly over the house most evenings on there way to a roost site. I eventually found where their daytime feeding area was.

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Juveniles are greener than the adults 

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Hoopoe’s were seen by are harder to approach at this time of year

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Sardinian Warbler (female and juvenile)

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I have found out where all the Spotted Flycatchers have gone. They were everywhere on the island.