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Monday, February 18, 2013

18th February

Regent’s Park

Late news yesterday afternoon that the 2 female Bearded Tits from Hyde Park had relocated to a patch of reeds just south of the Boat House was fantastic. It is a shame that it was to late to see them yesterday, I was just hoping that it wasn’t going to be a one day wonder. Dave said that he would check first thing, even though he was on leave. The call came at 7.30am, both birds were still present and showing well. All they had to do now was wait until I got home from work.

Black-headed Gull: over 900 were in the park. It is getting to one of the best times of the year for finding a Mediterranean Gull amongst them. It just needs a bit of time checking through them.

Song Thrush: 27 birds were singing around the park early morning.

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Though whole day was spent wondering if the Reedlings would hang on or do a flit to another unlikely patch of reeds. I did have a few birds to take my mind off the above.

Waxwing: 12-14 flew low over Dukes Head Passage at 8.55am. There has been a group in the area for a couple of weeks, though they are always on the move.

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker: the male was drumming from the centre of the Round Plantation at 8.10am.

Redwing: 30 were in the Canal Plantation.

Siskin: 50+ were still feeding in Alders on the southern boundary of the Canal Plantation. 

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No Lesser Sp Woodpecker in the Canal Plantation but these 2 were.

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Luck was on my side, the Bearded Tits were still present and still showy.

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Some sisterly love takes place deep in the reeds.

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This position looks a little dodgy should the stems move apart

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birdman_euston said...

19 Feb:
2 Bearded Tit in area-5 boathouse reedbed 07:30-07:45 but not showing well - late a.m. visiting all three local reedbeds (areas 1/2/5) but elusive; 3 Shelduck (second drake arrived yesterday), 4 Gadwall, 9 Shoveler - marked decrease in wintering ducks the past two days; 1 Little Grebe, 1 Water Rail flying between a. 1 & 2 reedbeds, 18 Common Gull, 1 Goldcrest singing in yew next to Wildlife Garden a.20, 4 Siskin in a.28 alder.