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Monday, January 28, 2013

28th January

Regent’s Park

Water Rail: 2 in the rail ditch, area 2.

Fieldfare: 34 feeding on the Open Spaces, area 37 until flushed by an irresponsible dog.

Redwing: 5 birds in with the above.

Firecrest: the pair that were seen several time towards the end of 2012 in Queen Mary’s Gardens were seen again this afternoon. They were feeding in a Bay Tree by the entrance at the top of Chester Road, area 17 before moving to the pines in area 16. 

Bushy Park

Fieldfare: 220 feeding in the Paddocks.

Redwing: 40 were mixed in with the above.

Normally when these species turn up in the London parks, it is the Redwing that outnumbers the Fieldfare.

I spent a couple of hours by Pen Ponds this morning discussing ways of improving it for birds and wildlife. It is a great place for invertebrates but could do much better when it comes to birdlife. Waterfowl on Upper Pen Ponds have dropped considerably. Most of the dabblers are now feeding on Lower Pen Ponds but in nowhere near the numbers seen in early December on Upper PP. It surprised me how confiding the Cormorants are as they perched on the overflow. They only became nervous when I raised my camera.

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A small charm of Goldies hang around where the straw for the horses is distributed.

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Even the Common Gulls in Richmond are quite approachable. They also like playing with the pond weed.

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Diving in pursuit of some weed

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

27th January

Regent’s Park

Waterfowl numbers were much the same as the day before. Well done Birdman-Euston for counting them yesterday. Mandarin and RC Pochard numbers were both in  the 60’s.

Water Rail: Having had a a couple of reports of more than one bird present I spent sometime at the NW end of the lake. Within 30 minutes I had seen two birds in the rail ditch area and heard what sounded like 2 more in area 5.

Fieldfare: 50 were on Gloucester Green this morning.

Redwing: 25 were present with the above. They all moved off to the Little Owl area at 8.45am.

Blackcap: a pair in area 3.

Goldcrest: 6 birds in areas where Firecrests have been recorded.

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Grey Herons are now taking up nest sites. Hopefully they have evicted any Egyptian Geese that had hoped to breed in the nests.

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Test your gull ID with these non-moving birds

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

26th January

Regent’s Park

Common Shelduck: a drake was still on the main lake and looking a little nervous due to the amount of ice still present.

European Wigeon: still 5 birds present commuting between area 35 and the main lake.

Common Teal: a drake was on Heron Island area 8.

Sparrowhawk: a male flew over the lake.

Great Black-backed Gull: 7 birds flew west at 9.05am.

Stock Dove: 32 were feeding in my garden this afternoon.

Fieldfare: 56 flew west.

Blackcap: a female was feeding on Mahonia berries by the playground in area 3.

Siskin: 4 birds flew west.

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Territorial Egyptian Geese

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Canada Goose singing in the bath

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Not great photos, just a record that they were present.

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This musket put the wind up the gulls on the lake with a low pass. Not that it would be able to take one.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

25th January

Regent’s Park

European Wigeon: 5 birds (3m, 2f) were on the ice by area 8.

Fieldfare: around 200 birds were feeding on the ground around the park.

Redwing: 70 birds were mixed in with the above.

Firecrest: a male showed down to 3m by the Boathouse Cafe (area 5) this morning.

Siskin: 6 birds were on the feeders in area 32.

Bushy Park

Mute Swan: numbers have increased to 32 on the Diana Fountain.

Northern Lapwing: five birds were present in the gymkhana field.

Fieldfare: 115 were present in the Paddocks, a smaller group were by Hawthorn Cottage briefly.

Redwing: 78 were in the paddocks and on Lime Avenue, birds were moving between both locations.    

 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

24th January

Regent’s Park

Yesterday

Fieldfare: 300+ flew south during the morning.

Reed Bunting: a male was by the Gorse in area 36.

Today

Northern Shoveler: 68 on the lake.

Common Teal: a drake also on the lake.

Common Gull: 21 on the main lake is a reasonable number for the park. They should build up slightly before they depart towards the end of March early April. The Round Pond has far more, the I am unsure why. it could be the algae that flourishes there.

Blackcap: one in Ivy by bird feeding station by Hanover Bridge.

Chiffchaff: one in the same area as the above.

Bushy Park

Today

Northern Lapwing: 7 birds were in the paddocks, a pair and a group of 5.

Fieldfare: 98 were in the Paddock area, some viewed from Dukes Head Passage.

Redwing: 56 with the above, mainly with the above though a flock of 20+ were near Lime Avenue.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

22nd January

Bushy Park

Lapwing: 3 birds flew south at 11.30am.

Fieldfare: 410 flew south in small flocks between 11.30am and 12.30pm.

Redwing: 12 were in trees by Queens River.

Meadow Pipit: There were two small flocks, one by Lime Avenue feeding amongst the deer and the other by Warren Plantation.

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Monday, January 21, 2013

21st January

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View from my office today

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The Longford River from the Iron Bridge(above) and the Scrape from a few yards further along Dukes Head Passage (below)

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The Longford River (below)

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Bushy Park

Fieldfare: 6 feeding on Mistletoe berries between White Lodge and Roaring Arch.

Redwing: 15 also in the same area.

Siskin: 12 flew into the Woodland Gardens.

Regent’s Park

Common Shelduck: 2 pairs.

European Wigeon: 5 (3m) birds on the ice in area 8.

Skylark: one flew south-west.

Fieldfare: 18 were present 13 area 27, 5 area 39.

Redwing: 14 in area 27.

Blackcap: one by Hanover Bridge.

Hyde Park

I had to collect something from The Old Police House this afternoon, this gave me the chance to visit the Reedlings again. While there a few other birds caught my eye;

Peregrine Falcon: a high flying male caused the everything to panic including the Bearded Tits, who sat motionless in the middle of the reeds.

Sparrowhawk: no sooner had the Peregrine moved off out came a female. This meant the tits stayed hidden even longer.

Skylark: two singles flew south-west.

Fieldfare: 22 flew south-west.

As the sun was out I couldn’t resist a few more pictures.

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The wrong type of grey geese