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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

13th March

Regents Park

Smew: the drake is still present again by area 8.

Great Black-backed Gull: one flew off to roost with the BH Gulls at 4.50pm.

Stonechat: a male was feeding from the Gorse bushes in area 34.

Reed Bunting: a female flew into one of the Gorse bushes, before the both birds were chased off by a Robin. The bunting eventually headed off into the Cricket Pen, area 31.

Siskin: 6 were in Alders at the end of the lake in area 34.







No he is not having a nap






Reed Bunting female




birdman_euston said...

Thanks for the videos, Tony. I have to believe that the sun burning off the morning's low cloud and raising the air temperature prompted the bulk of today's migrants to finally get off the ground late in the day - the Stonechat certainly wasn't on that patch of gorse when I passed by at 06.45 this morning!

Pete Woodruff said...

Great that you devoted the bulk of your post to photographs of the brilliant little male Stonechat, including the videos and one with what looks like a bee flying off to the birds right....excellent Tony.

birdman_euston said...

14 Mar: Another dull, dank morning. Made haste to reach area 34 by 'sunrise' in case the Stonechat had roosted in the park overnight. No sign of it but I got another lifer instead, a Lapwing - I'll take it! At 06.30 I was counting a flock of 90 Black-Headed Gulls 100m away, in the nearest football pitch NW of area 34, when they flushed with the Lapwing. They all settled briefly then flushed again and the Lapwing decided to pull up stakes: it circled to gain height with powerful, buoyant, moth-like wingbeats and then belted off E over the lake.

The rest of my visit was run-of-the-mill: no singing Blackcaps nor first-of-the-year Chiffchaffs that I could hear, but that could have been down to the dull, cool weather conditions. A Wren and a female Chaffinch were seen carrying nesting material at Long Bridge and in St Mary's Gardens, and Mallards and Great Crested Grebes prospecting for nesting sites in areas 2 and 7, respectively.

birdman_euston said...

Just a heads-up, Tony, that as I was posting my Lapwing observation on the London Bird Club Wiki I noticed that your Stonechat, etc observations from yesterday are currently missing (along with those of several other observers).

birdman_euston said...

No worries, Tony - as I was typing the above warning someone was restoring the missing observations to the Wiki.

Tony Duckett said...

Hi Birdman.

Many years ago early mornings in the park offered yielded several waders on the ground including a flock of Whimbrel. Alas now there are to many dog walkers and joggers using it from first light. However it is the best time for fly overs.