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Tuesday, January 01, 2013

1st January

Regent’s Park

Happy New Year

Water Rail: a brief glimpse of the Water Rail disappearing into the reeds at 11.30am.
Blackcap: a pair were in the shrubbery bordering the rail ditch.
Earlier in the morning the lure of Waxwings 15 minutes up the road was to tempting. These birds had been feeding by the A41 for the last couple of days and the berries were almost gone. I arrived on the scene at around 8.15am and could see them perched by the car show room. By the time I had walked through the underpass they had flown off. I waited a while then went in search of them. I was really lucky and found the flock of around 70 birds feeding just west of the M1 on Grahame Park Way. I was able to enjoy these birds for about 25 minutes before they got flighty and moved off. I had another quick look in nearby roads but couldn’t relocate them.


Marc Heath said...

Great start to the year Tony. What great weather today. More of this please!

Tony Duckett said...

Cheers Marc, I see that you made good use of a cracking day weather wise. I just cant wait for the lighter mornings.

Morg and Rose said...

Happy New Year Tony. 3 Common Gulls resting on the main lake posts mid-afternoon.

Tony Duckett said...

Morg.and Rose, Happy New Year to you. I hope you are both getting used to the UK climate again.

Eland said...

Hi Tony,

This may be unspectacular news but I noticed a group of 15-20 goldfinch moving from tree to tree near the laurel road gate. I thought its worth a mention as I a) have not often seen as dense a group of goldfinch and B) haven't seen many at all in the last few months. There has been a lot more passerine activity in the garden over the past few days too.

Tony Duckett said...


I haven't seen a flock as large as that since the early autumn, so thanks for the info. I am happy to here any info on Bushy Pk birds.