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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

10th April

Regent’s Park

Water Rail: the bird is still present in the rail ditch despite the lake being crowded with rowing boats at the weekend. This is normally the time that the bird(s) choose to depart.

Kestrel: three birds (2 females) were in the Longbridge Sanctuary area at 4.00pm.

Willow Warbler: one was in the Secret Garden, area 25 this morning.

Chiffchaff: one was in Queen Mary’s Gardens.

 

Bushy Park

Garganey: the drake was still present first thing this morning, though after a quick look in the afternoon wasn’t seen.

Snipe: still present.

Meadow Pipit: singles were heard flying north over the Paddocks.

Pied Wagtail: the pair has returned to the stable yard.

Other birds were pretty much the same as in the previous  few days.

 

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This Nuthatch is putting mud around the entrance hole

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Mandarins were present in the Wetland Pen, the duck was showing signs that she is about to lay her eggs.

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A pair of Red crested Pochards are hounded by another drake.

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Conditions were a bit hazy in Regent’s Park this afternoon, so not the best photos in the world.

1 comment:

birdman_euston said...

10 Apr:
c35 'goose sp' 1km away flying NE thru haze toward Hill 10:30 - looked smaller with faster wingbeats than Canadas but no field marks visible, 2 Shelduck, 2 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, 1 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Kestrel mating Cricket Pen area 32, 1 Water Rail, 10 Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Gull, 6 Jay together nr a.2, 1 House Martin NE past Hill lookout 13:50, 3 Chiffchaff (one singing in a.28 & two in a.2), 1 Blackcap singing just W of Barrow Hill Reservoir a.48 at 06:20, 30 Redwing still roosting overnight behind Hill lookout a.50, 1 Meadow Pipit briefly in Open Spaces nr a.36 09:50.

According to gardeners, the above partridge - seen on 18 Mar in area 4 - has been based since Dec in elongated fenced-off private gdn bordering Regent's Canal just SW of Charlbert St Bridge/a.46 opp the 'modern mansions' & viewable fr towpath. (Its presence owes nothing to the owners, apparently.)