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Sunday, September 15, 2013

15th September

Regent’s Park

I managed to spend several hours in the park early this morning and witnessed the start of the diaurnal autumn passage.

Yesterday a handful of pipits were seen as well as a Yellow Wagtail, today was much better.

Little Grebe: a couple showed very well in area 9.

Common Sandpiper: this is possibly one of the longest staying birds ever recorded in the park and may have been present for 17 days. It flew from area 9 to area 8 at 9.25am.

Sparrowhawk: at least 4 birds seen in the skies around the park.

Peregrine Falcon: one flew south west.

Hobby: one was over Queen Mary’s Gardens mid morning.

Yellow-legged Gull:  a 1st winter was on the lake.

Skylark: the first bird of the autumn was on the ground in area 37 at 7.20am.

Swallow: 14 flew south.

Sand Martin: 5 were over the lake with H. Martins.

House Martin: 30 birds were over the lake.

Meadow Pipit: 160+ in small groups headed in a southerly direction.

Yellow Wagtail: 9 birds mainly singularly flew SW prior to 11.00am.

Grey Wagtail: 2 singles flew SW.

Whinchat: a female was on area 37 first thing this morning.

Lesser Whitethroat: one was reported from area 39.

Common Whitethroat: one still present in the chat bush area 34 ( I am sorry, I have recently been calling this area 36).

Blackcap: at least at around the north-eastern end of the lake.

Chiffchaff: 7 at the NE end of the lake.

Siskin: 3 birds were in area 32 briefly at 9.15am.

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Whinchat from bottom to top

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