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Thursday, May 31, 2012

31st May

Bushy Park

Sparrowhawk: one flew north over the Brewhouse Fields carrying prey.

Sedge Warbler: Tuesdays bird is still present and hopefully holding territory.

Starling: juveniles seem to be everywhere. If they are not with the flocks they suddenly hop out of dense vegetation.

Kingfisher: The pair were around today, but no sign of any young. They must be keeping them well hidden.

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Starling juvenile

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Sparrowhawk with prey

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The female regurgitates a pellet

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

29th May

Bushy Park

Common Shelduck: four birds flew towards the reservoirs SW of the park.

Common Buzzard: I haven’t seen or heard the buzzard for several weeks, so it was good to see him?

Little Owl: I had to rescue an owlet from the ground yesterday, such a small bundle of fluff.

Kingfisher: one flew along the river, through the woodland garden.

Sedge Warbler: one was singing from bushes beside the Longford River north of the Dukes Head Passage.

Reed Warbler: four males were singing and 2 females were seen.

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The owlet was hiding beside a stump, so a bit of elevation was needed.

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A Swallow checks out the wind speed and direction as it flies over the weather station.

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Checking if the deodorant is still working.

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A quick stretch and a bit of a boundary dispute.

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Sedge Warbler

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Rose-ringed Parakeet juvenile

 

Sunday, May 27, 2012

27th May

Regent’s Park

Common Shelduck: pair possibly nesting on the Bandstand Island, area 7.

Great Black-backed Gull: a 3rd summer birds flew east at 6.40am.

Yellow-legged Gull: an adult and 2nd summer were present.

Common Sandpiper: after hearing what I thought was a distant common sand an hour later a bird flew from area 7 across to area 8.

Grey Wagtail: a pair were collecting food and flying off towards Baker Street.

Reed Warbler: 3 males were singing.

Common Whitethroat: 3 birds were seen, a male in area 31 and a pair in area 39.

Chiffchaff: 5 males were singing, probably because they had all reared their first broods.

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Adult above and juvenile below

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3rd summer Yellow-legged Gull

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Common Sandpiper, my first flight shot of this species in the park.

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The Swift below looks to have shorter stumpy wings, due to the bird raising his wings at the moment the picture was taken

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Grey Wagtail male

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A pair of Blackcaps visit the bird bath in my garden, to conserve water the bathe together.

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

26th May

Not much to report from Regent’s Park, except the unhappy news that the Reed Buntings had their eggs predated on by crows.

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This Grey Heron was mobbed by crows whenever it brought food to the nest. But once it had fed the young the mobbing ceased. Nest building is still on going for some birds.

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The Mute Swan on the main part of the lake is still being very stroppy.

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The male Grey Wagtail was busy collecting insects near the Bandstand.

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Bushy Park

I took Sally (my wife) to the park this morning to show her how pleasant and attractive the park is. She was very impressed with it, and enjoyed a tasty bacon roll at the Diana car park. I then checked on the swans at the fountain to see how their 2 day old cygnets were getting along. They all seemed fine, with the cob being very aggressive if any dog approached the pond.

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