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Saturday, July 20, 2013

20th July

Regent’s Park

Coming towards the end of the month the first of the autumn migrants should start to turn up. If we happen to have a good number of Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers present, then it is worth spending some time looking through them for a Wood Warbler or two. In the good old days we used to have several of these little gems turn up during the autumn.

Today it was the same cast that has been present for the past couple of months. Some ducklings are still managing to keep out of the reach of the larger gulls. Though it seems that the local Sparrowhawks are taking the easy option and catching birds at the feeding stations.

It isn’t only the small birds that are vulnerable, the recently fledged Lesser Black-backed Gull are being attacked by the adult Herring Gulls and were looking slightly water-logged this morning.

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The pair of Little Grebes were sitting on what looks like a very sturdy nest at the eastern end of area 7. It would be great if it was a nest but I have never seen one on such a solid platform.

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One of 4 Red Crested Pochard ducklings by area 7.

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