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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

24th September

Bushy Park

Hobby: 3 juveniles over the Stockyard at 7.15am.

Richmond Park

Teal: one was on Pen Ponds.

Wigeon: 12 were on the pond.

Hobby: 2 birds were over Pen Ponds.

Sparrowhawk: a male over Sidmouth Wood.

Ruff: one flew south at 12.45pm.

Water Rail: 2 birds called from the reed bed.

Kingfisher: one present.

Chiffchaff: 4 were in PP Plantation.

Blackcap: 2 were in brambles in the plantation.





For much of the time the Hobby’s were fairly high up.













Jack Barnes said...

Hi Tony,

I was in Richmond Park today from 10:30 - 15:00. I'm surprised I didn't see you! I was watching the Hobbies over Pen Ponds all day. Whereabouts were you standing to get your shots as you seem to be a lot closer than I was. Were you on the west side that's fenced off? Also where did you see the Kingfisher?


Tony Duckett said...

Hi Jack.

I was in the plantation, though as I said on the blog, the birds were not that co-operative. Was that you in the anglers enlosure? That would be a great place to stand in the evening, Today it became to hot and lots of insects were flying really high up. Even the Jackdaws were taking advantage of the bounty, though they are a bit clumsy.

Tony Duckett said...

The Kingfisher by the way was 1/3 the way along the shore line of the plantation where some Rhodi stumps are hanging over the water. The fence that runs across the lake is a favourite spot for it normally starts at one end and works his way across.

Jack Barnes said...

In the evening? Do they hunt over the lake in the evening then? I was thinking about staying till evening in case they did but I decided to leave. And yes I know what you mean about them being non co-operative. They were low over the lake for about half an hour, then when it warmed up they were just soaring really high in the sky it was quite annoying. I was following them around trying to get closer but they were just too high up. And yes I was in the Anglers enclosure for a while. Was that you on the phone the other side of the lake? It would be good to get in the plantation as that's where the hobbies spent most of the morning. I was stuck up the other side but they rarely came that close.

Tony Duckett said...

During the evening more insects are on the wing so in theory easy pickings for the birds. Today was just to warm and looking over from a high point near Sidmouth Wood the sky was full of birds. Apart from the corvids, gulls and Hobby's Marsh Harrier, Goshawk and Buzzard were seen but not by me.

Jack Barnes said...

Marsh Harrier and Goshawk in Richmond Park? I would never have thought that. I did see a Buzzard for a while, it was hunting the fields next to Pen Ponds.

Tony Duckett said...

You never know what is going to fly over, that is why it important to stat alert.

Jack Barnes said...

Well I'm going to be up at the park again on Thursday and Friday, hopefully the Hobbies won't leave by then and hopefully it will be cooler so the Hobbies stay low.

Tony Duckett said...

I was confined to Bushy today but if by chance I happen to be in Richmond Pk I will keep an eye out for you.