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Sunday, September 30, 2012

30th September

Regent’s Park

Not quite the weather I was expecting as I bumped into Dave by the Secret Gardens. They had, that is the weather forecasters a bright sunny start. The sun disappeared at 7.35am and didn’t re-appear until around 8.30am by which time we were fairly well chilled. The cold start had clearly had an effect on when birds were going to start to move, we were only seeing small groups of diurnal migrants.

Peregrine Falcon: an immature female looked to be on the lookout for an easy meal when seen circling above Queen Mary’s Gardens before drifting off to the south-west at 9.18am.

Hobby: a juvenile appeared, from our vantage point by the Hub to be on the lookout for food at 8.20am as it patrolling along the canal, where it passes through the zoo.

Barn Swallow: at least 580 headed south-west in small groups before 9.40am.

House Martin: sixty-four flew north-west in small groups before 9.40am.

Meadow Pipit: Dave and I saw at least ninety head in a mainly southerly direction.

Pied Wagtail: five singletons flew over.

Grey Wagtail: one flew west.

Eurasian Siskin: six birds passed through with one lingering in area 31.


Forget the owl , the Hobby can just about be seen flying over London Zoo.




Two species of pochards seen over the park today.







Saturday, September 29, 2012

29th September

Regent’s Park

Typical, the weekend arrives and the skies are as clear as a bell. Well they are for the few hundred feet at least, maybe superman might be able to pick out migrants making hay while the sun shines.

House Martin: fourteen birds flew west.

Blackcap: fifteen birds were seen around the park.

Chiffchaff: twenty plus, but no Yellow-browed yet.

Nuthatch: one had been using the feeders in area 31.

Jackdaw: two birds were with the crows in area 5.

Siskin: five birds flew through (4 & 1)




2nd winter Herring Gull






Fancy squabbling over some blanket weed


He’s not happy either flying almost the whole length of the lake for a fight.





Friday, September 28, 2012

28th September

There were very similar bird movements in Regent’s and Bushy Parks today.

Regent’s Park

Barn Swallow: over 1030 birds were observed flying in a mainly southerly direction.

Meadow Pipit: 305 birds passed through.

Yellow Wagtail: one flew through.

Ring Ouzel: one was perched in Holly by the rose wheel in Queen Mary’s at 8.00am.

Chiffchaff: six were seen, but really it was a day for looking skywards.

Blackcap: one was seen, but there was bound to be more around.

Linnet: one passed overhead.

Bushy Park

Common Teal: a female, the first of the autumn was on the scrape. 

Common Buzzard: the local bird was seen again around lunchtime.

Hobby: one juvenile was looking for insects over the Brew House Field ponds at 9.10am.

Sparrowhawk: one seemed intent on catching one of the wagtails or pipits in the paddocks this afternoon, luckily for the wagtails it failed.

Barn Swallow: 1150 flew south in a time span of around 3.5 hours,  two hours early morning and the rest just before and including lunchtime.

House Martin: 400 flew through in small flocks.

Yellow Wagtail: three fly-overs and one in the paddocks.

White Wagtail: eight birds were in the paddocks.

Pied Wagtail: forty-eight birds were in the paddocks.

Meadow Pipit: 250 flew through, with some birds dropping down close to Upper Lodge Road with a few in the paddocks.

Skylark: two were south of Upper Lodge Road.

Song Thrush: 4 high flyers were probably birds from the continent.

Mistle Thrush: eight birds dropped in to Hawthorns by Hawthorn Cottage.

Spotted Flycatcher: one was again at the western end of St Johns Lodge Gardens, area 30.

Linnet: one was feeding in the paddocks.  


Common Buzzard with accompanying fighter squadron



Sparrowhawks always look menacing




This White Wagtail clearly doesn’t mind standing in ----, a different bird is shown below.



Fresh plumaged Meadow Pipits look really neat at this time of year.



This House Martin feels he needs some grooming before continuing with his migration.


This Mute Swan had second thoughts about landing on one of the ponds in the Brew House Fields, they really aren’t that big.




Thursday, September 27, 2012

27th September

Swallows and Martins start to move.

Regent’s Park:

Barn Swallow: 150 flew south between 9.45am and 10.00am.

House Martin: 40 flew south.

Spotted Flycatcher: one in St Johns Lodge Gardens, area 30.

There are still a few Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps around.

Bushy Park

Common Buzzard: one flew low SW over my office at 2.05pm.

Barn Swallow: 250 in small flocks flew SE between 8.30am and 9.30am at a great height.

House Martin: 100 flew SE at the same time as the above, but at a slightly lower altitude.

Meadow Pipit: 24 were in the paddocks and a further 6 were feeding just south of the Leg of Mutton Pond.

Yellow Wagtail: the three birds were again in the paddocks.

White Wagtail: at least four were also in the paddocks.

Pied Wagtail: thirty-six in the above area.












The Black rump is clearly visible on the Pied Wagtail, the White Wags have a grey rump.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

26th September

Bushy Park

The rain and the showers finally stopped at 2.30pm. There was a small movement of hirundines and wagtails.

Red crested Pochard: twenty-eight still by the Diana Fountain.

Barn Swallow: eighty plus flew through, with some small groups stopping off to feed over the recently cut meadows.

House Martin: forty birds fed over the Diana Fountain.

Yellow Wagtail: three birds were feeding in the paddocks and were visible through the fence along Dukes Head Passage.

Pied Wagtail: thirty-two birds were also in the paddocks.

Blackcap: ten birds fed on berries along Dukes Head Passage.

Chiffchaff: four birds by the Iron Bridge.