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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

14th March

Regent’s Park

There was no sign of yesterdays Stonechat and Reed Bunting, but;

Smew: was present in area 35 this afternoon before flying out on to the lake.

Lapwing: one was flushed at 6.30am, probably arriving with BH Gulls. 

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Wood Pigeons feeding on Poplar buds

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Some fishermens friends coming into roost

Bushy Park

Little Egret: one was in the Woodland Garden feeding on one of the streams on the southern edge.

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker: a pair were in the Round Plantation at 7.25am.

Redwing: 40 were in the Paddocks.

Fieldfare: 10 were with the Redwings.

Lesser Redpoll: a small group were again in the Poplars in the Woodland Garden.

Siskin: at least 40 were in the same areas as the other day.

The video clip below was taken on my ipod by the Round Plantation. Though only a small area at the time it had all 3 species of woodpecker plus Nuthatches and Tree Creepers. The female LSW was drumming from the top of the tree a male was nearby.

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Nuthatch

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It is amazing how they are able to hang and walk while upside down.

6 comments:

Pete Woodruff said...

Love the pic of the Smew in flight Tony....well done.

Tony Duckett said...

It was a bit quick off the mark and a little to close to pan with.

Matt said...

I regularly walk around the park on my lunch break and as a bit of bird relief from the desk job. Amazed that there are Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers there. I have a map of the park to hand, but couldnt pin down the 'round plantation'. Any tips on where to keep an eye out?

Thanks

Matt

birdman_euston said...

15 Mar: First singing Chiffchaff of year, feeding in flowering cherry tree at S entrance to Regent's College 10.40.

Dense early-morning fog had cleared just before 09.00hr, after which the viewing conditions and ambient temperature improved spectacularly. Earlier, a Redwing in area 39 was the only (visible!) bird of note.

Tony Duckett said...

Hi Matt

You may have been slightly misled, The Round Plantation is unfortunately in Bushy Park. I use Blue writing for Regent's and Brown for Busy Park. I do state which park I am writing about, so sorry for any confusion.

Matt said...

Ah Brilliat I hadn't realised that. Thanks for clearing it up. Really appreciate it.

Great blog by the way. Always have a read when I get a lunch break, or before heading out to Regents Park!

Thanks

M