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Sunday, April 01, 2012

1st April

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If only, so back to reality.

Regent’s Park

Nothing to report that hasn’t been present for the past few days. So here are some pictures of life in the park today.

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Some Heron young are almost a month old now, but in the most watchable nest the first chick has hatched.

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Nest sites for grebes are in short supply, this bird is on his was back to usher off some Coots. He also has other more interesting things on his mind.

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When drake Mallards gang up on a female they can end up drowning them or leaving them badly injured. I have never known Red crested Pochards to be as brutal, though it does look a bit over the top.

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The duck managed to get away uninjured.

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Bar-headed Goose, one of five that return each spring.

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Mandarins in the Wetland Pen

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Blackcap in the Wetland reed bed

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Chiffchaff in The Leaf Yard Wood, area 40

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4 comments:

birdman_euston said...

1 April: Had a lie-in this Sunday morning but took the evening shift despite the crowds. Clear and calm- a lovely day though cooler than last week. Nothing of interest was singing so I took some time to check over the collection of Smews in the long Bridge Sanctuary. I saw 6 adult males - and 4 females, one of which (winged) has extensive black lores, which may be a sign of advanced age.

Shelduck 4 (2 pr)
Shoveler 2 (1 pr)
(No Gadwall visible at 7.00pm)

Pete Woodruff said...

Your '1st of April' pics are great Tony....and the Blackcap pretending to be a Reed Warbler!

glen said...

So you missed the 'Water Thrush' too.

For just a brief second I thought no?

birdman_euston said...

2 Apr: Cloudy and calm with ground frost at daybreak, clearing by 07.30. Quiet morning in birdland.

Black-headed Gull 1 (in full summer plumage
No Shovelers or Gadwall on the lake this morning.

Chiffchaff 5: areas 1, 14, 19, 31, 40.
Blackcap 4: areas 10, (N border of Regent's College), 31, 40, 42 (near Outer Ring)

London clay has been baked rock-hard by the sun - to the point of cracking open -in exposed places. Early daffodils wilting fast but fuschia about to bloom.