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Sunday, April 14, 2013

14th April

Regent’s Park

Sparrowhawk: 2 males and a female were soaring above area 8 at 9.30am.

Kestrel: Good news from Birdman-euston, the second pair have returned to Primrose Hill. As far as I am aware this pair failed to breed last year.

Woodcock: a bird was again flushed from area 40.

Common Sandpiper: yesterdays bird was still present and again feeding on the edge of the grass in area 9.

Grey Wagtail: a male flew south over the lake.

Pied Wagtail: a male also flew south over the lake 5 minutes before the Grey Wag.

Swallow: 8 singles flew north.

House Martin: 3 flew north.

Common Redstart: a male was just to the right of the bird feeders in area 41.

Blackcap: 3 birds present.

Willow Warbler: three birds singing in area 10.

Chiffchaff: at least 5 birds singing.

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This goose immediately bathes after his long journey (anwere later).

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With virtually no cover this bird was hard to get close too.

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In blustery conditions landing on the tip of a Poplar wasn’t the easiest thing to do.

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A Swallow flies past the Mosque.

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In coming fish eater.

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The nest in the Willow opposite the Bandstand has been rebuilt. If they do nest here, this site offers a great opportunity to look at life in a Herons nest a relatively close quarters.

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It looks as if this drake has been scythed down by John Terry.

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The long distance traveller was a Maned Goose, this species is found in Australia or a few waterfowl collections but not Regent’s Parks.

 

 

4 comments:

castlehaven said...

I'll try again...

2 Redstarts (1 male) Area 41, plus 1 male Whitethroat, 6-8 Willow Warbler.
2 Redstarts Area 31.

Eland said...

Hi Tony, ala very good find today, for me at least. What I think was a redstart, male. Found looking through to the paddocks where the odd swallow was wheeling about. Not overly familiar with this bird but had a white forehead, black under the beak and face, very strong orange front, looked like an orange blur when flying from the wooden railings down to the ground.

birdman_euston said...

4 Redstarts - well done! Has this total ever been matched in spring before, Tony?

15 Apr:
m Wheatear Primrose Hill slope a50 14:40

Tony Duckett said...

It does indeed sound like a male Common Redstart. I had to make do with a drab but still tidy female.