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Tuesday, February 07, 2012

7th February

Another day with birds on the move due to the cold weather. This time though I had my share of winter thrushes and other interesting birds in Bushy Park. First though lets start at Regent’s Park

Smew:The drake red-head is still present in area 34 & 35 and looking quite content.

Common Teal: 25 birds were present on the lake, the largest number recorded in the park since 1968.

European Wigeon: At least 2 on the main lake.

Northern Shoveler: Over 100 present today.

Gadwall: 40 on the main lake.

Redwing: 110 flew over, some birds can be found feeding around the park, particularly in area 27.



1st w male, the frosty looking mantle makes this bird standout from the Redheads in the collection.


Common Teal


Red Crested Pochard


Barnacle Goose (not wild)


Regent’s Park Herons are much more obliging than the ones in Bushy Park.


Common/Mew Gulls behave more like skuas when trying to steal food from the smaller BH Gulls.

Bushy Park

Common Buzzard: not having visited the Brew House fields this week I was surprised to see that the bird was still present.

Sparrowhawk: One flew into the Woodland Gardens spooking everything.

Woodcock: one was flushed from long grass bordering the Longford River.

Common Snipe: at least 3 were by the pools in the Brew House Fields.

Lapwing: a flock of 28 flew west over the paddocks.

Little Egret: one was again feeding in the Longford River.

Mandarin Duck: 24 were hiding away on the Longford River adjacent to the Brew House Fields.

Meadow Pipit: 4 birds were in the Paddocks.

Redwing: 2450 flew through prior to 12.00pm, no doubt many more were on the move as these are the ones I happened to see when away from my desk or when they flew over Lime Avenue, which my office looks out on.

Fieldfare: 300 in small flocks were mixed in with the Redwings.

Siskin: 3 flew away from the Woodland Gardens.


Mistle Thrushes






Common Snipe





Mandarin Ducks






Marc Heath said...

What a great bunch of shots, great stuff.

Joe Beale said...

Interesting, your migrating thrush totals were very similar to those seen over Greenwich, wonder how many were moving through London today? Today saw my highest patch count, even more then autumn counts, really quite a spectacle.

Lynn said...

Hi Tony

I know you're not working in Regents Park at present but this week there's been a peacock wandering around in the St Johns Lodge garden. Is it meant to be there? I don't get to that part of the park very often but I've never seen it before.

Tony Duckett said...

Cheers Marc.

The light was quite good, just a shame that the snipe are so rapid.

Tony Duckett said...

Hi Joe.

It was quite a movement, the first part of the day the birds were going in all directions. Then by mid-morning they were coming from more of an easterly to southern direction.

Tony Duckett said...

Hi Lynn.

The Peacock turned up about a year ago and is quite happy. It used to spend much of the time when it first arrived in Queen Mary's but later found St Johns Lodge more to his liking.

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