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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

13th June

Bushy Park


The Common Buzzard came in from the south at 12.10pm.


The female Kingfisher gave me the cold shoulder, the male was a bit more obliging.



There were 5 male Reed Warblers singing around the pools in the Brew House Fields.



Two pairs of Reed Buntings are also in the Brew House field area. One juvenile was also skulking amongst the reeds.




A handful of Swifts were around, although this wet weather might cause them to fail breeding and result in their early return to Africa.


There were 4 male Meadow Pipits singing from the area of long grass in the SE section of the park. There was also a similar number of Skylarks making short song flights.



Family groups of Mistle Thrushes were feeding in the open patches in the Bracken areas.



glen said...

Bit lte but fntstic shots of the Little Owl!!!

piers said...

Looks a bit like a red kite with a scrunched up tail?

Tony Duckett said...

Hi piers, it doesn't have the elegance of Red Kite. It would be better if it were a Honey Buzzard. Although I really don't mind what bird of prey it was, I enjoy seeing them all.

birdman_euston said...

15 Jun:

Chiffchaff: 4 (singing males in areas 1, 13/14. 17, and 19).

Reed Warbler: 2 (1 singing male + presumed female in area 5).

Shelduck: 3 (pair, including pinioned duck, in areas 8 & 36 + duck flying out of area 35 waterfowl sanctuary at 05:50am).

Kestrel: 1f (dropping from her perch in a sawn-off ash tree to catch a mouse as easy as you like in the grass at SW corner of Cricket Pen, area 31 at 07:00am).

Tony Duckett said...

Cheers for this.

I thought you had left the country, having had enough of this rubbish weather.

birdman_euston said...

Greetings, Tony

Nice to be back on the beat after a month-long 'break' from migration-watch, during which I wrote some exams and then 'ran interference' through the heaving London crowds over the Diamond jubilee weekend for my Royalist parents, visiting from Canada. (When it comes to the London lifestyle I'm a devotee of Samuel Johnson, no matter the weather!)

I'll be sure to post here the details of any avian 'nature nuggets' I observe during my morning rambles through the Park - although I expect they'll be harder to find till autumn migration starts in late July.