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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

31st July

Regent’s Park

Garden Warbler: 3 birds present.

Common Whitethroat: 1 juvenile.

Willow Warbler: 2 birds present.

Chiffchaff: 2 present.

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Could a Wood Warbler be the next goody to turn up

Monday, July 30, 2012

30th July

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.

 

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The men in the morning, when they returned I didn’t get a chance to photograph them.

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Richmond Gate just before the cyclists returned

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The women in the morning before the thunder and rain.

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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.

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Common Crossbill

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Green Woodpecker(s) in the paddocks

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Large Skipper Butterfly

 

Friday, July 27, 2012

27th July

The Swallows took second place as the Olympic Torch came to Bushy Park. Luckily for us though they soon buzzed off.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

25th July

Regent’s Park

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.

Bushy Park

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Excuse me posting more Swallow’s but I really do like them.

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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.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

24th July

Bloody typical!

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.

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The sun breaks the shingle ridge at Cley

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I saw the Barn Owl on both mornings, the light not good enough for flight shots.

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Marsh Harriers, I had hoped that they would perform closer to the road.

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Bearded Tits were very showy on Sunday, but the wind picked up a little on the Monday causing them to keep in cover more.

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The Avocets chase absolutely everything

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Several pairs of Little Egrets breed in the wood by the road, several family parties were seen to leave just after dawn.

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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.

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Mediterranean Gull at Walcot, I saw others at various locations.

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Up to 13 Spoonbills can be seen almost daily feeding at Cley. They fly in around 6.30am.

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Sandwich Tern (above), Little Tern (below)

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This next batch were taken at Titchwell RSPB Reserve on the long route home.

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Ruff, the photo below show how the manage to moult and retain the ability to fly.

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Little Ringed Plover juvenile

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Black-tailed Godwit (above) and Bar-tailed Godwit (below)

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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.

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Common Terns

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