Garden Warbler: 3 birds present.
Common Whitethroat: 1 juvenile.
Willow Warbler: 2 birds present.
Chiffchaff: 2 present.
Could a Wood Warbler be the next goody to turn up
Unfortunately I was unable to bird Regent’s Park at the weekend as I was tied up with the cycle events running through Richmond Park. Even then, though I was out and about in that park from 4.30am on both days, the only birds of note that I saw or heard were a Common Whitethroat and 2 Willow Warblers.
Thanks to Birdman there are a few birds of interest to mention from yesterday.
Little Grebe: another pair have hatched 3 chicks in area 7.
Common Tern: 2 adults; today an adult and one chick were seen on the lake.
Swift: 14 over the park, numbers may drop off earlier than usual this year due to the period of wet weather we all had to suffer.
Garden Warbler: one again in area 31.
Willow Warbler: 4 birds were present.
Chiffchaff: two birds present; three today.
Reed Bunting: a unusual record of a female on the feeders in the Cricket Pen, area 31. This may have been a bird from earlier in the year that has remained in the park unnoticed.
The men in the morning, when they returned I didn’t get a chance to photograph them.
Richmond Gate just before the cyclists returned
The women in the morning before the thunder and rain.
Today in Bushy Park
Common Buzzard: the bird was again in the Brew House Field.
Sparrowhawk: the male was again seen flying over the Woodland Gardens.
Swallow: numbers in the park have fallen, though there are still birds feeding young in the stable.
Common Whitethroat: 14 birds were in scrub just north of Dukes Head Passage.
Willow Warbler: two birds present in the same area.
Common Crossbill: one flew south at 7.30am, I could here it coming but the clear blue skies made it difficult to locate. When I finally picked it up it was heading away from me.
Green Woodpecker(s) in the paddocks
The first migrant arrives, let us hope this is the start of a productive passage.
Little Grebe: the pair in area 2 still have both their youngsters.
Garden Warbler: one was found in area 31 this morning.
Reed Warbler: a male could be heard singing just north-east of Long Bridge.
Excuse me posting more Swallow’s but I really do like them.
The above picture shows the type of green bird that I like to see and hear. While below is one that should never be allowed to take a hold in the UK.
I am back from a relatively relaxing two and a half day stay in Norfolk, visiting my mother in-law. I say relaxing I was up at 4.00am on Sunday and Monday. I wanted to be at Cley NNT Reserve around dawn, hoping for good light and some good waders. Sunday morning looked a bit iffy, though one forecaster had said that the coast should be sunny, though in reality I had to make do with a few sunny intervals, that had petered out by 8.00am. The following day was superb, a shame the birds remained a little distant, but it is great to have the reserve all to yourself, well almost. I saw only a handful of other birders in the 5 hours that I was there on both days.
Right lets get to the birds. The southern movement of waders had began, with more Black-tailed Godwits on the reserve, along with Ruff, Whimbrel, Golden Plover and 60 or so Dunlin. I was hoping for an American sandpiper, as it is the time of year that they begin to filter across the sea. A Pectoral and at least a couple of White-rumped Sands within 100 miles of me gave me some hope. As much as I tried, there was no way that any of the Dunlin could be turned into something of interest. The only sandpipers that I saw were 6 or so Green Sandpiper. The frustrating part, but that is birding is that a White-rump Sandpiper was found at Cley this morning.
Here are a few photos taken over the extended weekend. If you follow the link to my Flickr, you will see more.
The sun breaks the shingle ridge at Cley
I saw the Barn Owl on both mornings, the light not good enough for flight shots.
Marsh Harriers, I had hoped that they would perform closer to the road.
Bearded Tits were very showy on Sunday, but the wind picked up a little on the Monday causing them to keep in cover more.
The Avocets chase absolutely everything
Several pairs of Little Egrets breed in the wood by the road, several family parties were seen to leave just after dawn.
I was surprised to see quite a few very small waders and Shelduck ducklings. The Little-ringed Plover below takes steps to attract a Mallards attention, apparently several chicks have been killed by Mallard ducklings.
Mediterranean Gull at Walcot, I saw others at various locations.
Up to 13 Spoonbills can be seen almost daily feeding at Cley. They fly in around 6.30am.
Sandwich Tern (above), Little Tern (below)
This next batch were taken at Titchwell RSPB Reserve on the long route home.
Ruff, the photo below show how the manage to moult and retain the ability to fly.
Little Ringed Plover juvenile
Black-tailed Godwit (above) and Bar-tailed Godwit (below)
The photo below shows the barred tail and total lack of the vary obvious black and white wing bar and tail of the Black-tailed Godwit.