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Monday, January 31, 2011

31st January

Hybrid tuftedxpochard

This or a similar bird was seen in the Ingerbourne Valley


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31st January

 The Firecrests were showing well this morning and this afternoon in area 40. In trees on either side of the fence at times. Familiarity of the call will aid you when looking for them.


At times they forage in the tops of the Holme Oaks, then they can be difficult to pick up. Like Goldcrests they often hover, picking off insects on the underside of leaves.

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The Finchley Road Waxwings totalled 89, when I watched them this afternoon. Though when I first arrived there were only 32, others then began arriving in small groups. They looked magnificent with the sun shining on them.




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Head on the colouration and markings are reminiscent of a Hawfinch, though the bill is know where near as powerful.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

30th January

Much the same as it has been for a while, with good numbers of dusk on the lake, Tawny Owl calling from area 40 as it was harassed by Jays at one of its daytime roosts. The star birds are still the Firecrests in the Leaf Yard Wood, beware if looking for them as a distant view might be a Goldcrest. There is a pair in the same vicinity.


Goldcrest in area 40 as well as a Sparrowhawk that regularly hunts the birds using the feeding station.


The nearby Waxwings were again feeding at the junction of the Finchley Road and Platts Lane, numbers at times exceeded 70 birds. It was a shame that on the three occasions that I have visited the location the light has been poor, well that’s my excuse for dodgy photos.


That looks like it’s going to take some swallowing.


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A wonder what the reception is like on their tv?




Friday, January 28, 2011

28th January

Firecrest: the pair were still in area 40 this morning and were very vocal. A few minutes looking through the fence just beyond the Holme Oak should reward you. They tend to do a little circuit of this corner of the wood.

Water Rail: now that the water level in the ditch is back to normal, the birds are showing again.

Nearby where Platts Lane meet the Finchley Road 32 Waxwings were present for their second day.

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

20th January

Common Buzzard: one flew south at 1.30pm.

Sparrowhawk: a male is often seen hunting over area 40.

Goldcrest: four were in the yew trees by the Zebra crossing on Chester Road, area 20.


This partial albino Coot was on the lake between Long Bridge and the island in area 8. It must be a new arrival as we hadn’t noticed it before.



Where has this 2nd winter Herring Gull come from, probably a roof top in London.


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

19th January

Not a bad day sunny but cool but with a few goodies.

Waxwing: two birds flew over the Nature Study Centre at 8.30am heading east calling. Then I heard that unmistakeable sound again as I stood on Long Bridge. This time about 40 birds flew south-east. Both records were of birds flying over quite high.

Waxwing flying below


Firecrest: a male was seen in area 40 again.

Fieldfare: one was calling from the top of a tree before heading NW at 1.40pm.

Tawny Owl: one was hunting just north of area 1 at 6.30pm.

Common Teal: four birds were on the main lake.


The 1st winter Herring Gull had a lot of fun with this object







This photo puzzled me for a second before I remembered what it was. Any ideas?

Sunday, January 16, 2011

16th January

Nothing new to report from the park recently.

However I was very happy when Glen phoned this morning. He has been hoping to connect with some of the Waxwings that have been seen not to many miles away. Unfortunately he has not been having any luck, this morning however his luck changed. So when he phoned my first question was “ have you been lucky then.” “Yes, there are around twenty in my garden.” By the time I had driven around to his house near Chalk Farm, the flock had grown to at least 90 birds. The only trouble was the fact that they were quite mobile and appeared to be feeding on buds rather than a good supply of berries that may have held them in one particular spot. Fingers crossed they may find the delicious cotoneaster berries in my garden.


As things are quiet here is a little tester for some of you. 



Tuesday, January 11, 2011

11th January

Woodcock: one flushed from side of the wetland Pen, area 32 at 6.25am. Two were seen from the Inner Circle flying around area 18 for 30+ seconds before dropping down at 4.40pm.

Water Rail: two in the rail ditch.

Common Teal: a group of 5 on the main lake in area 8.

Redwing: one over

Monday, January 10, 2011

10th January

Peregrine Falcon: a female flew west over Marylebone Green at 8.25am.

Fieldfare:one flew south at 8.50am.

Redwing: several small groups flew west, totalling at least 36 birds.

Firecrest: the pair were again by the perimeter fence to area 40.

Long-tailed Tit: birds seemed to be every where this morning. A minimum of 66 were seen as we undertook a survey of several areas of the park.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

9th January

European Wigeon: the female was on the lake by the rail ditch this morning.

Greater Black-backed Gull: a first winter was on the lake at 9.50am, a very scarce sighting for the park.

Water Rail: one seen today in area 2.

Waxwing: four birds flew over St Marks Bridge at 12.25pm.

Skylark: one flew SW at 11.00am.

Redwing: some were heard flying over in the dark at 6.30am.

Firecrest: the pair were again in the Holme Oak by the perimeter fence to the Leaf Yard wood, area 40.


1st winter Great Black-backed Gull, note heavy bill, lack of white rump and not a solid dark tail band.




Grey Herons are becoming very territorial as they take up nest sites




Long-tailed tits seem to have faired better in the cold snap than Goldcrests who’s numbers seem very low.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

5th January

Waxwing: five birds flew west at 7.55am.

Redwing: thirty birds around the park.


Tuesday, January 04, 2011

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4th January

Not much different to report at the start of the new year that wasn’t here at the end of the old one.

Water Rail: the two birds are still present in the rail ditch, area 2. Where the aggressor was tolerating the second bird during the cold weather, hostility has resumed again with plenty of chasing going on.

Tawny Owl: one was at his daytime roost site in the Leaf Yard Wood, area 40. It was hiding away in amongst dense Ivy in one of the trees that last years Ring Ouzel fed from. The only way we found it was that a couple of Jays were scolding it. The other pair of Tawny Owls were seen in area 18 on one of the buildings at dusk yesterday.

Redwing: there seems to be a slight increase, with small parties seen in several locations around the park.

Firecrest: one possibly two were in area 40 but quite mobile.



Hostilities stop briefly as the birds attentions are drawn to a BH Gull trying to still food from the feeding station

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Redwing feeding at dusk in my garden