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Monday, April 30, 2012

30th April

Regent’s Park

A fairly quiet day in the park, until someone decided to bird Primrose Hill. A lot of birds are missed due to the fact that this area isn’t birded that often. Well done Rose.

Lesser Whitethroat: one on the north slope of the reservoir, area 48.

Northern Wheatear: 2 birds were also in area 48.

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The owlet was at the top of a Lime tree in area 32

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Bushy Park

A good day with a few migrants and 5 bird of prey species.

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The female above put me on to a high flying Peregrine, she was one of 13 birds present today.

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

29th April

Regent’s Park

Yesterdays rain continued, with the appeal of going birding not that high. However I decided to go and have a look at the lake, followed by a skywatch from just west of the Broadwalk, near area 28. This is quite a good location as it is the highest point in the park and allows good viewing to the south and south-west. It failed to produce much this time, but it has done so in the past.

Tawny Owl: Dave was up at 5.30am as he was worried about the 2 owlets. His worries were spot on as both birds were soaking wet and on the floor. He decided it would be best to take them home and dry them out before bringing them back later in the day, once the rain had moved off the scene.

Peregrine Falcon: a male spent 10 minutes trying  secure a meal, before leaving disappointed.

House Martin: around 36 birds were over the lake.

Swallow: 6 birds were also over the lake.

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Friday, April 27, 2012

27th April

Regent’s Park

A day with a couple of our more special visitors showed well today for a lucky few. Unfortunately work commitments made looking for them a bit of a rush for me and I missed them. But well done “Birdman Euston” for finding a lifer(Common Redstart).

Common Swift: 30 plus flew west at 7.00pm.

House Martin: apart from the one that has been seen daily since last weekend a few very high martins headed west with the above.

Barn Swallow: 2 birds flew west at 6.00pm.

Northern Wheatear: a male and female were seen the female present all day and the male turning up this evening.

Common Redstart: a female was found in a Gorse bush in area 36 at 7.50am staying there until moving on to the island in area 36.

Firecrest: a male was found in the Leaf Yard Wood, area 40 this afternoon.

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Taken yesterday, this is a second owlet also found close to area 31.

Bushy Park

Hobby: one shot through at 12.00pm.

Common Swift: three birds flew west.

Common Whitethroat: four males were alongside the Longford River.

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Barn Swallow in the Stock Yard

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

25th April

Regent’s Park

Tawny Owlet: one was rescued from being attacked by crows just outside area 32. It had probably come from Queen Mary’s as that is where we believe but they breed.

Northern Wheatear: 1 female and 3 male Greenland race birds.

Common Whitethroat: male still present in area 31.

Reed Bunting: pair in area 32. 

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Dave will release the bird when it gets dark.

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This photo shows that one of his snacks managed to avoid being swallowed

 

Bushy Park

Common Tern: 2 birds flew towards the Thames.

Swift: 2 singles flew through.

Swallow: 6 birds seen, most were migrants.

Sand Martin: 2 were feeding over the Heron Pond.

Northern Wheatear: 3 birds were south of Upper Lodge Road.

Stonechat: a female was near Heron Pond.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

24th April

Regent’s Park

House Martin: one bird was above the lake this afternoon.

Northern Wheatear: 1 bird was present this morning, by this afternoon there were 2m, 1f northern race and 2m and 1f Greenland race birds on the cricket wickets.

Common Whitethroat: the male was singing very quietly from inside the Cricket Pen, area 31.

Willow Warbler: 3 birds were singing today.

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Northern Wheatear (Greenland race) above and below

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Northern Wheatear

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Bushy Park

Swift: one over Heron Pond

Swallow: one over Heron Pond, the other around the Stock Yard.

Common Whitethroat: two birds in same locations as yesterday.

Monday, April 23, 2012

23rd April

Regent’s Park

Common Whitethroat: what could be the male that has summered here for the last two years is back in the Cricket Pen, area 31.

Willow Warbler: six birds were singing around the park.

Bushy Park male Common Whitethroat

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Bushy Park

Common Shelduck: a pair were on the Heron Pond.

Northern Wheatear: one was just south of the Heron Pond.

Lesser Whitethroat: one was singing quietly 100 meters north of Dukes Head Passage.

Common Whitethroat: two males were in scrub close to Dukes Head Passage.

Willow Warbler: four birds were singing alongside the Longford River.

Linnet: one flew west.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

22nd April

Not much to report from 3 hours spent in the park this morning. But here are a few photos taken while  I was there.

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Willow Warbler, area 31 (above) and Chiffchaff, area 41(below).

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Mistle Thrush (above) and Song Thrush (below).

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Canada Goose pretending to be a snake bird, before giving another goose a tongue lashing.

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Who am I?

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