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Monday, September 03, 2012

3rd September

Regent’s Park

Northern Wheatear (greenland race): Four birds were reported this morning. When I got home from work there were three birds were on the Cricket Squares. There size, colouration and stance pointed towards this race.

Spotted Flycatcher: six birds at least were present today, with four showing well around a dying copper leaved Maple tree on the Holford House site, by area 39.

Garden Warbler: two birds were present.

Blackcap: ten present in area 39 and 41.

Common Whitethroat: 4 present.

Chiffchaff: twelve birds scattered about the park.

Willow Warbler: six in area 39.

Bushy Park

Common Buzzard: one took off from the ground in the Brewhouse Fields this morning.

Hobby: present.

Sparrowhawk: a male over the Woodland Gardens.

Kestrel: a male feeding in the Brewhouse Fields.

Swallow: twenty-two migrants flew west.

Tree Pipit: one flew in to the area south of Upper Lodge Road at 7.20am.

Meadow Pipit: six in the south-east section of the park.

Whinchat: two birds on the bracken in the same area.

Stonechat: male also present here.

Common Whitethroat: twelve birds present on the western side of the park, mostly by the entrance to Dukes Head Passage.

Garden Warbler: one present in the same area.

Blackcaps(14), Chiffchaffs(6) and Willow Warblers(6) also present here and along the western side of the park.

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Swallows are now starting their journey southward.

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The juvs have to run the gauntlet whenever they take to the air.

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5 comments:

Helen Speak said...

Finally found a garden warbler! (first of the year can you believe?!) In the cricket pen. No flycatchers though sadly, I'll take binoculars tomorrow just in case :)

birdman_euston said...

Thanks for correcting my IDs on the Wheatears, Tony. The one you didn't see this p.m. was the one I pegged as a male 'Greenland' Wheatear in the morning: black mask but so ruddy in plumage it looked like it was having a fit of apoplexy! I've amended my Wiki post accordingly - speaking of which, since this appears to be a peak migration day across London I've taken the liberty of adding your Bushy Park finds to the London Wiki under your name; I hope you don't mind.

I began this morning cycling (courtesy of Barclays Bike Hire) to Primrose Hill at 6:30am but drew a blank; tomorrow I intend to end my daily circuit there with a skywatch from the lookout, in hopes of spotting my first buzzard!

birdman_euston said...

I forgot to add that the the lovely female Wheatear I saw at close range in area 39 just after 7am (when it was presumably so flagged out still from its long-distance journey across the Atlantic that it was loathe to fly away from me) is the one in pics 2 and 5 in your post above.

Bill D said...

Hi Tony,

Regarding the Whinchats in Bushy Park, when you say bracken in the south-east section of the Park, do you mean the area south of Upper Lodge Road, or the area nearer Heron Pond? I had a look in the grassland around Upper Lodge for migrants the other day, but not even a smudge!

Had a nice encounter with a few Whinchats here back in the spring, but would love another session with them before they head off.

All the best, Bill

Tony Duckett said...

Bill they are on the area south of the Leg of Mutton Pond