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Friday, September 21, 2012

21st September

There really has been very little to report, the wind still not coming from the continent. So the bird life is still pretty much the same, with the hoped for large movement of hirundines still really a trickle. It could change if the wind does swing around to a north-easterly.
Regent’s Park
Nuthatch: the bird seen a few days ago, seems to have taken a liking to area 29.
Below is a few photos from the last couple of days:
Bushy Park
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The juveniles are still being persecuted, this one was on his way towards the reservoirs just to the SW of the park.
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The Kestrel by Upper Lodge Road has been showing well recently, so I thought I would take a few snaps.
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This crow looks to struggling as it contends with a cross-wind as it comes into land.
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Jay’s are busy harvesting acorns
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Grey Wagtail by Roaring Arch (outflow of the Longford River).
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Gillian and I spent a lot of time tagging trees that had contained Oak Processionary Moth caterpillars. The parakeets in this area have been removing the tags and possibly the drawing pins that were used to mark the number of caterpillar nests in each tree.
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Richmond Park
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I didn’t get to the park until late in the day and the light wasn’t that good, so I took a few deer photos.
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6 comments:

linda ashken said...

Oh dear our least favourite bird caught sabotaging POM eradication. Perhaps they objected to the yellow colour.Presumably we will have to change the tagging system. Or was the damage minimal?

Tony Duckett said...

Hi Linda, it seems to be one plantation in Bushy at the moment but I need to check the other areas.

birdman_euston said...

22 Sep:

No flyovers of note early doors on Primrose Hill so I abandoned my skywatch at 09:15 after two hours.

1 Spotted Flycatcher (Old Golf School wildlife pen, area 39 at 09:35, 16 Swallow (12 feeding briefly low over Open Spaces, area 37 at 10:15 before continuing S), 2 House Martin, 12+ Chiffchaff.

Tony Duckett said...
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Tony Duckett said...

The skies were much to clear this morning, this afternoon is looking better for spotting a high flying raptor or swallows that will be making use of a good tail wind

birdman_euston said...

23 Sep:

1 Teal (flew from beneath viewing platform in Longbridge Sanctuary, area 35 at 07:20; Park's first of the autumn), 1f Shoveler, 1m Gadwall, 1 Spotted Flycatcher (Old Golf School wildlife pen, area 39 at 08:30), 10 Meadow Pipit (SE at 08:45), 11 Chiffchaff.

I hooked up with Tony skywatching in the Cricket Squares, who promptly spotted a Yellow Wagtail flying north in advance of the approaching remnants of a tropical storm; another for the life-list! (I'd like to report that the flight call sounded just like the dozens of recordings I've been listening to on the internet and is unmistakeable but birding's rarely that simple...)