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Thursday, March 31, 2011

31st March

Waxwing: twelve flew north at 9.10am.

Meadow Pipit: one flew north.

Willow Warbler: one was singing in the Long Bridge Sanctuary, area 35 at 8.00am before moving to the Wetland Pen.

Chiffchaff: three birds were singing.

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Willow Warbler in the Wetland Pen, area 32.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

29th March

A quiet day, although it could have been that I was a little busy to here or see anything of interest pass by. The weather conditions could also have been better.

Shoveler: a pair were present on the lake.

Chiffchaff: four birds were present.

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Pair of Great crested Grebes
Great crested Grebes defend the site chosen to build a nest

Monday, March 28, 2011

28th March

Red Kite: one flew east at 7.35am.

Common Buzzard: two single birds flew north-east a minute three minutes apart at 1.47pm.

Meadow Pipit: one flew north.

Blackcap: two males were singing from area 2 and 40.

Lesser Redpoll: one was feeding in Silver Birch trees in area 31.

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This pair of Great crested Grebes are trying to hold a territory by area 7.

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These three Little Grebes turned up overnight

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Our resident full-winged Barnacle Goose, on occasions up to five other birds turn up.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

27th March

A short visit produced very little.

Redwing: four were feeding on Ivy berries in area 40.

Blackcap: a male was singing in the Leaf Yard Wood, area 40.

Chiffchaff: five birds singing.

Lesser Redpoll: one flew south.

Some songsters from area 40.

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Common Chiffchaff

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Blackcap

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Friday, March 25, 2011

25th March

Peregrine Falcon: a male was high over the Wetland Pen at 1.30pm.

Meadow Pipit: four birds flew north.

Chiffchaff: four birds were around the park.

Jackdaw: two flew east at 7.55am.

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The male in the Wetland Pen brought this tasty little treat in this afternoon.

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It did the trick.

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He then sat back and watched as she soared above the Wetland Pen, area 32. He soon bucked up when another male came to close to the female. At one stage they tumbled through the branches of a nearby tree.

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A Peregrine put in another appearance.

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Chiffchaff in area 32.

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Green Woodpecker female by the Nature Study Centre, area 1.

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A female Red crested Pochard tries to loose her suitors.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

24th March

Peregrine Falcon: a male was seen 3 times throughout the day.

Sparrowhawk: birds are being seen more frequently, though know display flights have been seen yet.

Meadow Pipit: two single birds headed north.

Linnet: one flew north.

Siskin: two single birds flew over.

Chiffchaff: four singing males were heard today.

Aythya hybrids: two male birds were on the lake.

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Coal Tit at the feeding station in area 41

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Red crested Pochard making his approach to the lake, and just about to land.

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Two drake hybrid Aythya below

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The photo below shows the classic profile of a high flying Cormorant.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

23rd March

Another reasonable lunchtime raptor watch

Osprey: one flew high north west with purpose at 12.35pm, only deviating slightly when a buzzard took a slight interest.

Common Buzzard: five birds were seen between 12.30pm and 1.15pm.

Peregrine Falcon: two very high fliers were seen at 12.55pm.

Kestrel: two single birds a high male and a lower female.

Water Pipit: one flew low east calling at 12.38pm, just clearing the small trees on the open spaces.

Meadow Pipit: one flew north.

Chiffchaff: one was singing from area 40 this afternoon.

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Area 9 particularly before it gets busy is a good place to see Green Woodpeckers

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Starling numbers have reason in recent years, though this could soon reverse with the ever increasing number of parakeets.

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The drake from the recently arrived pair displays to his partner

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Drake Common Pochard tries to avoid being attacked by another drake.

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The pain on the lake chases off another swan, he really is a bully and needs taking down a peg or two.

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The hybrid goose that accompanies the free winged Bar-headed Geese that arrived yesterday.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

22nd March

Tawny Owl: three owlets and 2 adults perched in a tree just inside the gates to St Johns Lodge, viewed from the Inner Circle or the Secret Garden.

Jackdaw: four flew through, one lingered by the lake.

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The top two pictures were taken around 6.30am, the single bird retreated into cover a little later on.

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Tawny Owlets
Single owlet
Owlets listen to a Robin singing
Owlets in the sun
Time for a cuddle

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These three Bar-headed Geese accompanied by a hybrid have returned for another summer. I wonder where they spend the winter?

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This gull has been present on and off since the 20/1

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This goose tries to sneak away after her partner was involved in a fight.

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