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Saturday, February 02, 2013

2nd February

Regent’s Park

Grey Heron: 12 nest are occupied at present. Last years nest in the Willow opposite the Bandstand fell out last autumn and as yet has not been rebuilt.

Great Crested Grebe: 2 pairs and a lone mail were present.

Little Grebe: three birds present.

Barnacle Goose: a bird dropped in with two Grey lag Geese.

Common Shelduck: a pair on the lake and another flew off to the NW.

Gadwall: at least 24 birds on the eastern side of the lake. I didn’t check Longbridge or the Old Boathouse areas.

Common Teal: 2 pairs on the Bandstand Island.

Northern Shoveler: 34 spinning by area 8.

Sparrowhawk: a musket flew east across the lake, again panicking all the gulls.

Little Owl: the male was on show this morning in area 25.

Redwing: 4 flew north.

Green Woodpecker: 7 birds seen, with the bird near the Bandstand attracting the attention of several photographers. I doubt that there are many places that offer such good views of a bird that was a major rarity in the park until the mid 1990’s.

Firecrest: at least one was present near New Lodge, area 16.

Siskin: 6 feeding in area 31.

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It is not easy to hide on the trunk of a London Plane tree

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Ants cant be on this birds menu at the moment. The ground here is very boggy.

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Gadwall may be grey but they are not boring.

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A bit of courtship on a cold day is not a bad idea, but the water is a bit cold.

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Great Black-backed Gulls

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But who am I?

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