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Monday, August 20, 2012

20th August

Regent’s Park

A lot of birds appear to have moved on, though they have been replaced by others.

Common Sandpiper: The bird was again present in the Longbridge Sanctuary, it’s 6th day. Mind you there are so many flies along the beach it is feeding on, why would it want to go.

Lesser Whitethroat: one was present in the brambles in area 41.

Common Whitethroat: two in the Wetland Pen.

Willow Warbler & Chiffchaff; there was a big drop in the number present.

Spotted Flycatcher: no Pied Flys today but at least five present; i in area 31, 1 in area 39 and 3 in area 40.

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Bushy Park

I didn’t see many migrants in my travels today, but the area north of the Dukes Head Passage gate is still holding a few.

Common Whitethroat: three in the above mentioned area.

Blackcap: five birds here also.

Reed Warbler: two birds.

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One day the light will be just how I would like it

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2 comments:

birdman_euston said...

Amazing how areas 39/40/41 have suddenly come to life; it's been so quiet this month till now (including yesterday morning, when Francis and I could only find one Chiffchaff and one Willow Warbler over there).

birdman_euston said...

21 Aug:

Flat light (stratus cloud), mild (19C) and very light S wind - great birding conditions to see the following:

Whinchat 1 [Dave saw it flushed twice by dogwalkers from the green plastic mesh fence in Cricket Squares, area 37, E of The Hub between 08:30 and 09:00; flighty, flew long distances each time to tops of plane trees E (above the Broad Walk) and W (above the cricket batting-cages)].

Common Redstart 1 first-summer male ](S side of Cricket Pen, area 31 - where the two Pied Flycatchers were two days ago - at 09:40; sedentary but very elusive (it took Dave and I ten minutes to relocate it in the same clump of trees where I first saw it), hiding high in foliage of silver birch saplings].
As is often the case, it seems, I spent more time texting my find to others than actually enjoying it(!), but the bird I briefly saw looked like a washed-out adult male, with brown where there should have been blue-grey and sooty-grey where there should have been black.

Garden Warbler 1 imm (brambles near newly-replenished water bath and bird feeder at SE edge of Leaf Yard Wood, area 41 at 08:15).
Lots of birds - from Willow Warblers to Blackbirds - were taking advantage of the clean water.

Common Whitethroat 1 imm (brambles in wildlife garden - behind the Avenue Gardens shelter, area 20 at 11:20).

(Willow Warbler 10+ and Chiffchaff 8+ scattered throughout the Park but concentrated within a tit flock that was visiting the bird feeder in the Wetland Pen, area 32 at 09:00.)

Swift 1.

House Martin 10.