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Tuesday, September 04, 2012

4th September

Regent’s Park

No chats today, probably disturbed by to much evening sports yesterday evening.

Swallow: the first bird of the autumn was with some martins this morning.

Spotted Flycatcher: four birds present again on the Holford House site, between area 39 & 40.

Garden Warbler: one possibly two in area 39.

Chiffchaff: six present.

Willow Warbler: three present.

Bushy Park

Common Buzzard: one very high bird drifted NE at 11.41 am.

Hobby: three adult birds in the air together, one bird stooped at the Buzzard.

Swallow: twelve migrants.





An even later brood of Mallards in Bushy Park


Hobby juvenile chasing a Jackdaw (above) and the boot is on the other foot below when a Jackdaw chases a Kestrel.



Common Buzzard


I had just heard the call of a panicking Green Woodpecker and thought there must be a Sparrowhawk about, then up popped this bird.



Helen Speak said...

...and finally caught up with the spotted flycatchers in area 39(ish), flycatching, very nice :) Couldn't count them as so many little birds all constantly on the move. Garden warbler in there too, after seeing the first yesterday. :)

Tony Duckett said...

I am glad that you finally caught up with them.

birdman_euston said...

5 Sep:

Clear and cool (12C) at dawn with steady N breeze that must have been a boon to migrants, a few of which dropped into the Park.

Tree Pipit 1 (in hawthorn on SW slope of Primrose Hill, area 47 at 11:20).
This small area of rough grassland, dotted with hawthorns and lime trees, could be attractive to southbound migrants partial to open spaces after they crest Primrose Hill.

Pipit sp. 1 (prob Meadow Pipit; flushed from Long Grass near Chat Bush, area 34 at 07:30).
I saw it in flight long enough to recognise it as a pipit (brown above, whitish below, longish tail with white outer tail feathers) but it lingered only momentarily low in the main gorse bush before vanishing: a shame, because a 'mipit' would have been a lifer, I'm embarrassed to say!

Northern Wheatear 2 f/imm (Cricket Squares E of The Hub, area 37 at 13:35).

Spotted Flycatcher 1 (area 47).

Willow Warbler 1 (Cricket Pen, area 31 at 07:15).

Chiffchaff 5.

Blackcap 3.

Swallow 1 (SE over Primrose Hill at 09:30).

House Martin 12.

Sparrowhawk 1+ (seen a few times all morning high above and around Primrose Hill).

Kestrel 1.

Shoveler 2.

(Unusual sight of 100+ honey bees from nearby apiary sipping from moist stonework of water fountain next to Avenue Gardens shelter, area 20 at 15:00.)