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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

31st July

Regent’s Park

Garden Warbler: 3 birds present.

Common Whitethroat: 1 juvenile.

Willow Warbler: 2 birds present.

Chiffchaff: 2 present.


Could a Wood Warbler be the next goody to turn up

1 comment:

birdman_euston said...

1 Aug:

Cloudy, warm (15C) and muggy with S breeze at dawn.

Garden Warbler 1 (Cricket Pen, area 31 at 07:20).
Not quite as many warblers in the Cricket Pen as yesterday. To get a clear view of them when they are actively feeding, by far the best tree to check is the twenty-foot-high dead elm clump in the middle of the Pen, just E of the tall scots pines.

Willow Warbler 3+ (2 in Queen Mary's Gardens, area 19, in treetops with fast-moving group of Long-Tailed Tits at 06:35 - probably a few more flew through as well; 1 in Cricket Pen, area 31 at 07:20).

Chiffchaff 2 (1 calling from The Holme perimeter, area 10 at Inner Circle at 07:05; 1 in Cricket Pen at 07:20).
I suspect that adult Chiffchaffs calling incessantly in July have families to protect. If so, pairs that successfully fledged young this summer include those in areas 1, 31/32 (Cricket/Wetland Pens), 10/19 (The Holme / Queen Mary's Gardens) and 40 (Leaf Yard Wood). There may well have been two other successful pairs in areas 13/14 (Regent's College / Children's Garden) and 17 (Queen Mary's Gardens hill) that produced young earlier but I wasn't around in June to confirm this.

Reed Warbler 1 (in large willow behind area-5 reed bed at 08:05).

Sparrowhawk 1 (carrying prey NW over trees in area 1 in direction of Winfield House at 08:05).

Common Tern 2 (adult feeding youngster perched on lake fencepost off area 9 at 07:00).

(I misidentified the flat-topped, compound flower with bright-yellow petals and orange central discs coming into bloom in open areas last week as goldenrod; in fact, it's Common Ragwort - a prosaic name for a colourful herb.)