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Friday, June 14, 2013

14th June

Bushy Park

When I left my home this morning to go to work in Bushy Park the sun was out. I was looking forward to good conditions in my quest to track down OPM caterpillars. So far we have only managed to find 4 clusters, the last one’s yesterday by the Canal Plantation.


As I pulled in to the yard a blanket of cloud followed me, remaining all morning before breaking up around lunchtime. Most of the birds that I saw while scanning the trees were the summer residents. A few more broods could be found but as yet no Stonechats have turned up, well not where I have looked. Giving my neck a rest I turned to watch a large group of Swifts feeding over the Skylark breeding area on the south side by the Royal Paddocks.

I thought I would try and get a few low level Swift photos. I then had the shock of my life, Alpine Swift and it was gone. I kept looking for it and eventually relocacted, it was an aberrant Common Swift.







Also in the area was this male Kestrel, though not as obliging as the one in Regent’s Park.



I managed to pop down and see how a Peregrine family that I have been monitoring was doing. I was a little disappointed to find that the male couldn’t tell the difference between a bad green bird and a good one.





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