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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

29th June

Having thought that there were just three young in the box on Primrose Hill, It was a nice surprise to see four there this morning.

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Back at a lower level, the young in the Wetland Pen are still being fed on Short-tailed Bank Voles

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With the sun out it gave me a chance to try and get some better Common Tern photos

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One of this years ringed Herring Gulls tries some aerial manoeuvres

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A very scarce sight in Central London, this family of Hedgehogs were found under a pile of tree stakes. They were quickly covered up and a notice to keep away erected.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

28th June

Nothing new to report apart from my first sighting of a juvenile Green Woodpecker. It was on the path by the Wetland Scrape, this morning.

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Male Green Woodpecker feeding on ants around a drain cover by the lake in area 9.

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The pair of Common Terns were present on the lake until thunder, lightening and heavy rain made them fly off. The female bird has been ringed, whether as a chick at Brent res or somewhere on migration.

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Monday, June 27, 2011

27th June

Common Tern: Possibly the pair that have been regular in the park since May have lost their young/eggs, as they were courting again today.

Kingfisher: one was seen in the Long Bridge sanctuary this morning, hopefully it will be a regular from now on.

Common Whitethroat: Two of the young from the first brood were sneaking about in the hedge bordering the Wetland and Goose Pen.

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The female concentrates for any movement in the grass

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Not the thickest branch to land on

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The male Common Tern carries a stickleback to the waiting female

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Life in one of the Hives in area 31 to got a little hot this morning, causing this swarm to leave it for 2 hours.

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Female Black-tailed/Black-lined Skimmer

 

I popped down to see the Peregrines again this morning, these 4.30 starts are a bit much. The birds showed well, unfortunately the juveniles were spending most of the time on the tall building by The New Covent Garden Market.

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The falcon and the tiersel on the nesting building

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The ring is just visible on the tiersel

Juvs in action (excuse the poor quality, they were a bit to far off)

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Friday, June 24, 2011

24th June

After several recent sightings in London, I finally connected with a Hobby. The bird was soaring above the Wetland Pen, causing the young Kestrels to become very vocal.
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As I have just mentioned the Kestrel were slightly agitated by the Hobby’s presence, though it gave a chance to see the different shapes of these similar sized falcons.
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Green Woodpecker drinking at the pool in the Wetland Pen.
Sorry about the quality of this video clip, I didn’t have the time to set up my digiscoping kit.
Early this morning and I mean early, up at 4.10 am and on site at 5.00am. I had decided to pop down to see how the Peregrine family that recently featured on the RSPB’s London Web Cam were doing. I was there before the sun was up, though the birds were all flying as I approached. The falcon (female) brought in one prey item but even though the male made two attempts he returned empty taloned on both occasions, to the juveniles disappointment.
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The falcon returns with a prey item, causing the juvs to get excited.
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She then flew off to a perch on top of the building, the male then though he should try his luck
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With the tiersel returning on his own, the youngsters did scare the early morning daylights out of a Grey Heron (sorry no pictures due to poor light at lower altitude).
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These birds have been ringed, which can clearly be seen on this birds left leg.