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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

28th February

Nothing to report from Regent’s Park

Bushy Park

It was a very calm start to the day with the sound of drumming Great spotted Woodpeckers in all directions. I had hoped to pop out towards the Canal Plantation and listen out for the Lesser spotted drumming. However work in the Brew House Field area, meant that I had to oversee the removal of phragmites from one of the pools.

However I did manage to see a few things.

Common Buzzard: still present.

Redwing: 160 were feeding in the paddocks, moving to the Woodland Gardens on occasions.

Fieldfare: 60 birds were with the Redwings.

Lesser Redpoll: 4 birds were in Silver Birch trees at the Dukes Head Passage end of the Woodland Gardens.

Siskin: 60 were feeding in the Canal Plantation.

Reed Bunting: a pair were in the Brew House Fields.

Common Buzzard mobbed by a Crow

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

26th February

For me the day was not much different to yesterday, so a chance to practice using the camera.

However a pair of Blackcaps were seen in the Cricket Pen, area 31.

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Common Pochard, though common in Regent’s Park not that widespread in the UK and it looks great in the right light and posture. Red crested Pochard below.

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Grey lag Goose dropping in, noisy b----- thing, likewise the bird below.

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Cormorants have been using the Heron Island (area 8) as a roost site for the past 15 years. The trees are becoming heavily white washed and likely to die in the not to distant future as happens at typical roost and nest sites.

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Magpie is the second most numerous member of the corvid family in the park while the high flying Rook below is the rarest of the commoner UK members. Bright crisp days in February are the types of day when this species can occur.

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Stock Dove

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The LBB Gull with a growth on it’s head (above) was photographed last March and is back again still in the same plumage.

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And then the sun came out

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In coming and out going Herons

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

25th February

It was good to spend some time in the park at last. It was just a shame that there was not much of interest on the passerine front, even the Smew wasn’t to be seen, well not by me. However having seen very few ducks over at Bushy Park this city centre park is absolutely busting. Ideally we could do without so many geese and coots, they make either a lot of mess or are having a fight, wives included.

Mandarin Duck: there were 54 mainly sleeping on area 8, which is where the majority of the waterfowl roost during the day.

Red Crested Pochard: 62 were present.

Gadwall: 24

Common Teal: 14

Northern Shoveler: 76

Siskin: 4 birds were in area 31.

Redwing: 10 birds were in the grounds of St Johns Lodge, area 30.

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There is a lot going on in the Heronry, which is split over 2 islands. The above group of nests is on area 8 on what is the original Heron Island. The majority of the Herons left this island in the early 1980’s when the last of the decaying Elms fell and also after the famous Michael Fish October Storm, which brought down half of the Chestnut tree in the above picture.

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Incoming nesting material

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adult males bill turn pink during the breeding season while the females are yellowish.

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Last years very watchable nest on area 7, seen from by the Bandstand is occupied again this year, with fresh material being added.

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This Great crested Grebe has entered another birds territory and

has to make a swift exit.

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The aggressor is hot on his heels,  but he just manages to get away

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Gadwall and his mates chase a female, spring was certainly in the air.

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A female Sparrowhawk with a full crop heads west

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A pair of Great spotted Woodpeckers

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