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Thursday, November 10, 2011

10th November

I am sorry for the lack of action on the blog lately but it’s not my fault its the birds, there just hasn’t been many. If we do get a glimpse of the sun first thing in the morning over the next few days we could be lucky and have a good movement of birds.DSC_8785

Robin feeding at the Water Rail feeding station

Todays news;

Water Rail: one bird present but possibly due to the mild conditions and still plenty of natural food stuffs it only visits the feeding station occasionally.

Fieldfare: 12 birds flew SE.

Redwing: 25 Redwings flew west.

Lesser Redpoll: three birds were present feeding on birch seeds in area 36.

Siskin: 6 flew over.

Chiffchaff: one was with the tit flock in area 11.

Grey Wagtail: 2 singles flew over the lake, one of them doing a song display flight.

You may be interested to know that we have just started a major habitat enhancement of the lake in Queen Mary’s Gardens. We have removed the fish and ornamental waterfowl none of these will be returning apart from a pair of Black swans. The aim is to make it more of a natural lake with marginal and submerged planting schemes that we hope will attract wildlife to what at present is an area without much appeal.


Electro fishing being carried out in Queen Mary’s



The fish are taken out of the net and put in a basket and weighed.



The heaviest fish to be caught weighed in at just over 33lb’s



The long nest are pulled in after the sections were first electro fished thoroughly.



piers said...

Do you remember that Osprey we saw over that area, I still think it was probably attracted by those big juicy fish. Good idea, though I'm surprised the powers that be were up for it!

Tony Duckett said...

Hi Piers the manager and the assistant park manager in charge of that area are keen to make improvements for wildlife if possible. We were able to get funding for this project from Sita, Regent's Park Friends, and from a Royal Parks pot set aside for projects. I hope to see much of this work, which is the last one that I will be involved with carried out before I start me new job over at Bushy and Richmond Park.

The Osprey may have seen the fish and they do look tempting. However there is a line that a large percentage of the birds we see take when passing over the park.



piers said...

It's just it was flying low over that bit of the park. That's really good news to have wildlife friendly management in the park. I look forward to coming down in the spring to have a look. x

John Dux said...

Tony, We enjoyed your blog posts as we prepared for our visit to London last week. Saw one bird we haven't been able to identify. Would you mind providing your email address so we could send you a picture of it? Thanks. John & Abby.

Dunhill said...

Why on earth were the fish removed? This doesn't make it more natural it creates less food for the ducks, geese and herons that live and nest there.

The breeding season has started and the water foul rely heavily on the fish to raise their young and to sustain themselves throughout the year.

This is so ridiculous I can't actually believe that people would do such a thing. Also where did you re-home the fish? Please let me know. Thank you.