Search This Blog

Friday, June 29, 2012

29th June

Regent’s Park

Black-headed Gull: four birds were on the lake.

Common Whitethroat: a male was singing and performing his display flight over area 39. A pair was present here in mid-April and looked to be attempting to breed. The wet weather may have put pay to this attempts and the pair in area 31. 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

28th June

Yesterday was a sad day for me and my great friend Mark Hill and his sisters. Not long after our visit to Norfolk in early June his father Trevor passed away. He and his wife Sheila, who passed away a few years ago had both become like my second set of parents after my parents died many years ago. Yesterday me and the rest of our little birding group attended his funeral in Norwich. We will think of him when ever we meet up for a weekends birding in Norfolk or when we are trudging around the Isles of Scilly looking for a mega or when we are sitting in Juliet’s Garden looking out to sea.He will be sadly missed.

He would have appreciated the fact that Dave W and I managed to see a rarity at one of his favourite locations Cley NNT Reserve before attending the service.

DSC_1454

Pacific Golden Plover

DSC_1462

DSC_1464

DSC_1469

DSC_1481

DSC_1578

There were plenty of juvenile Avocets on the scrapes, with there parents taking a dislike to anything that came to close, especially Mallard ducklings.

DSC_1678

DSC_1564

DSC_1591DSC_1629

This female Shelduck looks a bit worried with this landing.

DSC_1522

These eight out of the nine Spoonbills present are doing what they do best, sleep.

DSC_1614

Bushy Park

Here are a few lunchtime pictures

DSC_1710-001

Chiffchaff

DSC_2126-001

Linnet

DSC_2132

DSC_2068

A Wren on everyone’s favourite perch

DSC_2029

The first Swallows fledged this week

DSC_2050

DSC_2056

DSC_1725-001

This female seemed to agitate the resident male

DSC_1916

DSC_1933

DSC_1821

DSC_1887

DSC_1857DSC_1994DSC_2140

Looks like a bad feather day

DSC_2138

Monday, June 25, 2012

25th June

Bushy Park

DSC_0715

Not much to report, though there is plenty going on amongst the birds the bird life of the park. Woodpeckers have fledged all over the park, though I haven’t yet seen any Lesser Spotted young. Family parties of Nuthatches are also very vocal, in the plantations and Woodland Gardens. Whitethroats are busy taking food to their nests in the denser areas of ground cover, that are away from the deer.

Sparrowhawk: A female was soaring over the wood by the Water Gardens.

Reed Warbler: At least 5 males are holding territories in the Brew House Field area.

Linnet: A pair were feeding in the Brew House Fields.

DSC_0721

A pair of Shelduck flew over the Paddock, so it looks as if they have failed to breed.

DSC_1064

Linnet female in the Brew House Field

DSC_1330

This Reed Warbler male was taking food to a nest

DSC_1302

The male Kingfisher alighted briefly, before shooting off having been spooked by the Sparrowhawk.

I thought I would try and get a half decent Swift photo. It was a challenge as they were busy  collecting food for their young in nearby nest and weren’t relaxing at all.

DSC_1069

DSC_0854

Not a sharp photo, but an interesting profile.

DSC_0813

Most of the photos below show the birds with their crops full of insects.

DSC_0821

DSC_1052-001

DSC_1089

DSC_1175

DSC_0946

DSC_0989

DSC_0865

DSC_1129

 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

23rd June

I had an early morning visit to the park mainly to see how the owls were doing. I then headed off to Suffolk and Lakenheath Fen on my way home I shot over to Kite country. All in all it was an enjoyable days birding.

Regent’s Park

Yellow-legged Gull: An adult was on the main lake.

Kestrel: The pair in area 32 had a bad year, managing to fledge one youngster. Today it was present in Willows running alongside the path in the Wetland Pen. 

Little Owl: The pair and at least 2 owlets were seen.

Reed Warbler: Three males were singing.

Chiffchaff: Two males were singing.

Common Crossbill: One flew SW at 6.00am.

DSC_0585-001

Little Owl female; I was on foot today, which made it harder to approach the birds. It was best to locate them from a distance and then move a little closer and let her come towards me.

DSC_0557-001

DSC_0667-001

DSC_0639-001

DSC_0530-001

The owlets were hard to see, as they hid in the Chestnut trees

DSC_0513-001 

Lakenheath Fen

Bittern: one was seen and heard.

Marsh Harrier: there was several pairs seen, with one family interacting with three young.

Hobby: one was seen perched.

Cuckoo: four birds were seen and heard singing and calling.

Golden Oriole: one male and a female were seen, with another male being heard.

Bearded Tit: there were several family groups flitting about in the reed beds.

Cetti’s Warbler: one was heard.

Grasshopper Warbler: one bird was reeling in vegetation close to the path.

6 other species of Warbler were seen.

DSC_0076

Bearded Tit male

DSC_0107

DSC_0131

DSC_0134

DSC_0169

On route in the Baldock to Royston area the species below were seen.

DSC_0059

Yellow Hammer

DSC_0285

Corn Bunting

DSC_0277

DSC_0195

DSC_0395

DSC_0384

DSC_0387

DSC_0236

Yellow Wagtail

DSC_0240

Meadow Pipit

Then a quick sprint over to the Chilterns and the Kites, luckily for me the sun still kept on showing itself, making the journey worth while.

DSC_9590-001

Common Buzzard, was the first bird to come close and then came the Red Kites.

DSC_9623-001

DSC_9693-001

DSC_9767

DSC_9792DSC_9809

DSC_9812

DSC_9823

DSC_9876