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Thursday, August 02, 2012

2nd August

Bushy Park

Sparrowhawk: four birds near the Brew House, possibly a pair and two young.

Hobby: a very high flying bird was over Teddington Cricket Club.

Common Tern: two birds were over the water by the Diana Fountain.

Common Whitethroat: at least fourteen just north of the gate into the park by Dukes Head Passage.

Blackcap: a family party were with the whitethroats.

Willow Warbler: one was along the Dukes Head Passage.

Goldfinch: a flock of 12 flew west.

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Sparrowhawks either playing or a territorial squabble

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Hobby

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Common Tern

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On the floor in the Stock Yard

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An early morning Green Woodpecker

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Blackcap juvenile (above) and female (below)

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1 comment:

birdman_euston said...

3 Aug:

Clear and fairly mild (15C) with brisk S (15-25 kph) wind that's been blowing for much of the week.

2 juv Garden Warbler, 1 juv Common Whitethroat (both in Cricket Pen, area 31 at 07:20), 3 summer-resident Chiffchaffs calling in areas 1, 10 and 19, 2 Willow Warbler calling - in areas 31 at 07:20 and 40 at 07:50, 1 juv male Kestrel (Wetland Pen, area 32 at 08:20), 135 Black-headed Gull (only one juv), 9 House Martin, 5 Swift. Little obvious passerine migration during the past few days, apart from a few Willow Warblers passing through.

(Yesterday they mowed down the thistles around the Hallowed Gorse - better known as the Chat Bush - in area 34 bordering the Open Spaces. However, they also laid waste to a plethora of other plant species that could have provided food and shelter for some of our most attractive migrants. The judicious use of a hand-scythe would have been better - if they need a volunteer next year, I'm up for it!)