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Thursday, July 12, 2012

12th July

Regent’s Park

Common Tern: 3 birds over the lake.

Collared Dove: the pair in Queen Mary’s are still present, though elusive.

Common Whitethroat: male still present in area 40.

Reed Warbler: 2  birds calling from the reed bed in area 2.

Common Crossbill: one flew east at 7.25am.

Bushy Park

Peregrine Falcon: a bird put the wind up the Swallows that were feeding in the Upper Lodge Road area, as it flew high westwards.

Sparrowhawk: a male carried a prey item into the Woodland Gardens.

Green Woodpecker: this species seems to have had a good breeding season, judging by the number of juveniles around the park.

Cuckoo: an adult flew south through the Brew House fields at 7.15am.

Reed Warbler: 3 males were singing quietly from pools beside the Longford River.

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Peregrine

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Sparrowhawk

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Little Owl

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Swift and Swallow, this shows the difference between these two species.

5 comments:

glen said...

I'm struggling to take photos of blue tits on my feeders and you get yourself a blinding brace...fantastic shot of swift and swallow. The difference in size is considerable.

birdman_euston said...

13 Jul:

Chiffchaff 1 ('Jason' sang his two-tone ditty once from the large hill in Queen Mary's Gardens, area 17 at 07:20).

Common Whitethroat 1 (singing sporadically from the area-40 field at 08:20).

piers said...

shot of swallow feeding young (?) in mid-air is amazing.

Tony Duckett said...

Glen and Piers thanks for the kind comments, I will persevere trying to get better shots if the sun doesn't go in as it did yesterday. It tends to do that a lot lately.
cheers Tony

birdman_euston said...

14 Jul:

Common Sandpiper 1 (flying across the lake from area 5 toward area 36 shoreline opposite Heron Island at 06:00).

Common Tern 2 (perching on boundary posts off area 9 - definitely *not* a pair, as one of them assumed a threat posture as the other flew in, then chased it away when it tried to land on its post, pecking out a feather in the process. Their sharp beaks are fearsome weapons, as anyone who's been dive-bombed while approaching a nesting colony can attest! One could conclude that if they weren't so territorial about their fishing grounds, more terns might regularly grace the Boating Lake than at present).

Reed Warbler 1 (singing from area-13 reed bed at 07:15).

Chiffchaff 4 (male singing from The Holme perimeter near area 33 at 05:50, 2 calling in area 1 at 06:10, 'Jason' singing in area 17 at 07:35).

(For the first time in weeks, no Common Whitethroats were in evidence around the area-40 field this morning.)

Families of most of the Park's breeding garden birds have been congregating in area 42 recently.