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Saturday, April 30, 2011

30th April

Today was red letter day

Whimbrel: a flock of 22 flew east at 7.20am.

Wryneck: one was found feeding in the Leaf Yard Wood, area 40. The best chance of seeing the bird is to stand just north of the temporary fencing, looking at the bare ground in the wood.

Swallow: a trickle of birds were noted, though many more may have passed through but I had other things to do.

House Martin: ten over the lake.

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Not the best shot, but I only had a split second before they passed behind trees. I small group were just in front of the main flock.

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This was my first view of a bird that I had just seen fly into the tree. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I phoned Dave who was soon on the seen and after a short time we had found the bird. It showed really well on occasions.

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Not the best light when it fed in the wood, but looked cracking when in full sun.

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You can see why it is also called the snake bird

A really beautiful bird

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Dads turn to feed the youngsters

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Friday, April 29, 2011

29th April

Not a quite a rush, but a few birds to look at. The only slight disappointment was not connecting with a flock of 9 Bar-tailed Godwits that were kindly reported flying in my direction having just flown over Wormwood scrubs. Thank you Dave.

Common Sandpiper: one was on area 8 for most of the morning occasionally popping across to lawn in The Holme.

House Martin: sixteen were over the lake.

Tree Pipit: one flew over.

Garden Warbler: one was in bushes next to the reeds in area 5.

Lesser Whitethroat: one sang briefly from trees just the grounds of The Holme by Long Bridge.

Jackdaw: four flew south at 8.30am.

Linnet: one flew over.

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The young stimulate the parent into regurgitating some delicious food.

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Brunch is served
Eye to eye, well almost.

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Common Sandpiper on the tern raft before moving to the island.

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Sandpiper on a raft
Typical sandpiper behaviour

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He still got a bad attitude

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I needed a lot wide angled lens.

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I think something was happening not to far away as the park was very quiet.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

28th April

Things are so quiet, I am in need of a migrant rush.

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The youngsters are growing rapidly

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A member of the public strolls along unaware of the murder that is taking place.

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Nobody bats an eye at the number of insects that this Starling kills to feed it’s young.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

26th April

House Martin: the maximum number seen over the lake at anyone time was 10.

Reed Warbler: 4 male birds are holding territories.

Common Whitethroat: the pair in area 31 have been seen carrying nesting material.

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A pair flew north at 3.00pm.

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The pair of Common Shelducks are thought to be breeding, as the female looks as if she is carrying eggs.

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Monday, April 25, 2011

25th April

Still a bit to quiet for my liking.

Common Buzzard: one flew south-east at 11.30am.

Red Kite: one followed the buzzard at 11.35am.

Linnet: one flew east.

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House Martin above the lake

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Mandarin Ducks

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Life’s a yawn for this Great crested Grebe, whereas the one below is having trouble with a nearby Coot.

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Bar-headed Goose is a very strong flier and more strealined than the Grey-lag Goose.

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Mute Swan and Canada Goose coming in on runway 2.

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

24th April

Very little new to report today, apart from a handful of House Martins over my garden this evening.

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Females always like to look their best
Still unsteady on their legs

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Great crested Grebes

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I wonder how long these ducklings will last? It is not easy growing up close to an ever increasing gull colony.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

23rd April

Common Tern: a pair arrived on the lake at 7.15am.

Yellow Wagtail: one flew north at 7.00am.

Reed Warbler: a male has arrived in the reed bed on the end of Hanover Island. This brings the total to four birds.

Common Whitethroat: a male chased a female around area 31, as part of their courtship.

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The female broods the youngsters at 6.40am in the bright early morning sunshine, after a short wait she regurgitated some food. The male then arrived thinking that the nest could do a little bit of DIY.

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Blackcap singing just after having a bath, while the Starling is just about to have his.