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Thursday, October 24, 2013

24th October

Bushy Park

A beautiful sunny day, though not great when looking for birds on the move overhead. Saying that I did see a few things.

Sparrowhawk: one over the paddocks.

Water Rail: A bird showed well from Dukes Head Passage. It is far enough away not to feel threatened by people walking along the path.

Skylark: three singles flew west.

Meadow Pipit: 22 flew over in small groups.

Stonechat: a female was north of the Leg of Mutton Pond.

Redwing: 26 birds half of which were feeding on Mountain Ash berries near the stretch of the Longford River where it passes through the Woodland Garden near the paddocks.

Chiffchaff: one by the river near Dukes Head Passage.

Siskin: 3 singles flew over.

Lesser Redpoll: one flew west.

Chaffinch: 40 in small groups headed west.

Reed Bunting: one again by the pools in the Brew House meadow area.

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Dawn from my office on the last sunny morning

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There were patches of mist around the park;

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Once the first frost hits, the trees will soon add some more colour to the park.

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Stonechat female in the mist.

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Water Rail from Dukes Head Passage, at times it was hard to see, as in the photo below.

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A pit stop in Pen Ponds Plantation on the way home rewarded me with this sighting of the male Kingfisher.

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I hope the Grey Herons stop using the tern rafts before the Common Terns return next April. The Kingfisher can be seen streaking past in the background.

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Who’s Bum is this?

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