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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

29th September

Regents Park was again fairly quiet apart from;

Redwing: four singles flew through.

Song Thrush: fourteen flew through in one’s and two’s.

Siskin: four singles flew west.

I am off to the Isles of Scilly for the next 7 days, so I will leave you with some more shots of the White-winged Black Tern taken today.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

28th September

Kingfisher: one was again heard flying over the lake.

Redwing: eleven birds flew north in three groups.

Chiffchaff: three birds present.

Blackcap: one in area 31.

A brief visit to see the White-winged Black Tern, present in Hyde Park for its 3rd day.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

27th September

While visiting Hyde Park yesterday to rescue a Heron trapped under some netting Dave had fantastic views of a juvenile Little Gull. He didn’t have any binoculars but for the gull he didn’t need them. The trouble was that at the other end of the Serpentine he was sure that there was a marsh tern species. He however didn’t have time to go and ID the bird. This bird had played on his mind overnight, so as we had to check the area where the Heron had been trapped we popped down there at 8.30am. There had been know news of the Little Gull so we were not expecting to see anything. Dave soon spotted the tern on the other side of the lake opposite the Lido. I said that it looked like a White-winged Black Tern to me, Dave agreed. Soon we were having superb views as the bird hawked insects right in front of us. We put the news out and hoped that other Londonbirders would come and enjoy it. Popping back after work we were pleased to see that it had attracted a string of admirers.

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Birds seen in Regent’s Park recently:

Siskin: small party flew over 25th, one 26th.

Redwing: two birds seen today.

Blackcap: six birds in area 10.

Chiffchaff: eight birds in area 10 and 31.

House Martin: Sixty feeding over trees by the lake at 7.00am.

Kingfisher: one was heard calling on the lake.

 

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

22nd September

Osprey: one was picked up distantly at 12.06pm it hovered briefly and carried on drifting SWish, it was then joined by another bird at 12.10am.

Honey Buzzard: a very frustrating view of one heading SW at 1.35pm.

Swallow: 1000’s headed SW.

House Martin: not quite as many as the above but at least 600 seen between 12.00 and 1.00pm.

Grey Wagtail four birds were seen.

Meadow Pipit: three birds over

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A distant Honey Buzzard (above)

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One of the thousands of Swallows that passed through today

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Mandarins above the lake

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This Jay as well as carrying an Acorn in its bill has its crop full as well.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

21st September

Kinfgisher: a male was first seen on the lake before it then moved into area 1.

Hobby: one was seen chasing a House Martin over the lake at 6.55am.

Swallow: 50 birds trickled through.

House Martin: 24 were seen, 10 of which were over the lake at 6.30am.

Meadow Pipit: 10 flew through.

Chiffchaff: six were present.

Blackcap: two were in area 31.

Common Teal: one was in area 1.

Shoveler: 6 were on the lake.

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 Kingfisher in area 1, a little to distant and poor light made getting a decent photo difficult.

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Jay’s are hard at it collecting acorns.

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Spotted Flycatcher seen in area 40 on Saturday

Friday, September 17, 2010

15th September

Meadow Pipit: 270 flew through, mainly heading to south-west.

Yellow Wagtail: two singles flew through.

Grey Wagtail: two birds were present.

Swallow: 120 birds headed south westwards.

House Martin: 40 headed through, and a handful of birds from the nearby colony were still present.

Sand Martin: one flew over the lake.

Lesser Whitethroat: one was bathing in the Wetland Pen this afternoon.

Chiffchaff: a few birds are still present, mainly with the tit flocks.

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The Swallows really made it difficult to get any half decent photos as they shot through.

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This Kestrel was hovering over the long grass near area 34

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This Great Spotted Woodpecker was taking a risk. They are easy targets for Peregrines and Sparrowhawks.

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Monday, September 13, 2010

13th September

 

Meadow Pipit: ninety flew mainly SW in small flocks, a handful landed on the open spaces.

Yellow Wagtail: six birds flew SW prior to 7.30am, four landing for a minute or so.

Grey Wagtail: twenty-four flew west in 1’s and 2’s.

Pied Wagtail: five flew through.

Swallow: 110 headed in a roughly southerly direction.

House Martin: twenty-three, the first group of genuine passage birds headed south with Swallows.

Spotted Flycatcher: one was in area 31.

Sedge Warbler: one was in the reeds by the rail ditch, area 2.

Common Whitethroat: one was in area 31.

Chiffchaff: nineteen birds were around the park.

 

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The colour of Meadow Pipits vary immensely

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Below are a few pictures taken at The Norfolk Wildlife Trusts Cley Reserve over the weekend.

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Friday, September 10, 2010

10th September

Osprey: the third of the autumn was seen from in almost exactly the same place as the other two records. It was also heading in the same SW direction at 1.30pm.

Swallow: twenty flew SW in small groups.

Tree Pipit: one flew SW at 7.10am.

Meadow Pipit: two singles.

Reed Warbler: one in the Wetland Pen area 32.

Common Whitethroat: one in area 31.

Willow Warbler: four in area 31.

Chiffchaff: ten in area 31.

Blackcap: twelve in areas 31 and 34.

Spotted Flycatcher: possibly two in area 31, but with a roaming tit flock.

Osprey at 1.30pm.

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