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Friday, August 17, 2012

17th August

Regent’s Park

Sparrowhawk: an adult was hunting through the Cricket Pen.

Common Sandpiper: the bird is still present in the Longbridge Sanctuary for its third day.

Common Swift: nine birds were seen today.

Willow Warbler: six birds were present.

Chiffchaff: ten birds were present. If you find the roaming tit flocks you stand a chance of finding something interesting. The only trouble with this is the fact they are constantly on the move.

Common Whitethroat: two birds present.

Reed Warbler: three birds were seen. At this time of year they can be found in areas well away from water.

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Common Sandpiper, It is possible to see this bird by looking from Longbridge into area 35, though it is a bit distant or either by standing on the viewing platform or just north east of there looking back towards the bridge.

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3 comments:

Marc Heath said...

Nice shots, I just can't near to these at Reculver to get a decent shot of.

birdman_euston said...

Scorching summer day (22C overnight) with light S breeze dying away by 09:00.

Pied Flycatcher 1 [seen by Hugh Prior at 08:00 in Cricket Pen, area 31 with a few Willow Warblers and a Common Whitethroat; seen again at 09:00 in dead elm thicket in the middle of the Pen, when aged as immature (middle tertial with broad, buffy-white feather-edging) and sexed as probable female (no forehead spots; no colour-contrast between inner and outer tail feathers but they were dark sooty-black].

4 Great Crested Grebe (pair with two young - Park's first brood of the year, hatched within the last few days - on parent's back beside nest at NE tip of Heron Island, area 8).
The other parent swam in to the nest with a large perch fry, which one of the piggybacking chicks tried to gobble down - unsuccessfully, so the adult at the nest eventually ate it instead.

Garden Warbler 1 imm (Queen Mary's Gardens, area 19 at 07:15).

Common Whitethroat 1 imm (Cricket Pen at 09:00).

Willow Warbler 5+ (one in QM Gardens at 07:15, another in area 36 at 08:40, 3+ in Cricket pen at 09:00).

Chiffchaff 3 (two in QM Gardens at 07:15, one calling from lakeside willow in area 9 at 08:00).

Swift 3.

House Martin 3.

Tony Duckett said...

Hi Marc.

They are certainly not easy, I just hid by some bushes opposite the island the bird was on hoping it would walk my way. It came reasonably close but was always a little on edge.