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Sunday, May 01, 2011

1st May

I suppose it was a bit much to expect the Wryneck to be present again today. Though it wasn’t for the lack of trying. A funny thing about this record is that last Monday I was convinced that I had hard one calling in area 2, but it only did it once. So who knows if it had been present for more than a day.

Common Sandpiper: one was around the lake this morning at least.

Arctic Tern: two birds flew north at 8.40am calling.

Common Tern: a pair were fishing on the lake until 8.50am.

Northern Wheatear: a female present at 6.20am was joined by a male a little later. Unfortunately they had gone by 9.00am due to the pressure from too many people.

Yellow Wagtail: one flew north.

Meadow Pipit: one flew over.

Swallow: four singles passed through.

Jackdaw: four flew south at 11.30am.

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Northern Wheatear

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Swallow

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Jackdaw

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Common Tern with more than he can chew

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Sparrowhawk after a tussle in a bramble bush

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London’s three commonest birds of prey; Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and Peregrine were all seen over area 41 within 5 minutes of each other this morning.

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Great crested Grebe and our third brood of Red crested Pochards.

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Drake Common Pochards and the hybrid aythya chase after a female.

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Pied Wagtail collecting food on area 9.

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