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Sunday, March 31, 2013

31st March

Regent’s Park

Yellow-legged Gull: adult on the lake this morning.

Little Owl: one in area 24.

Meadow Pipit: one flew north.

Hawfinch: one high flier flew north at 7.40am.

Chaffinch: 12 flew north at 7.40am.

Jackdaw: 2 birds flew east.

Todays photos were taken using my x2 converter, a piece of kit that I have had for over a year and have hardly used. I thought as the light was good I would give it an airing.

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This Coot makes a dash across a partly frozen lake.

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This Little Grebe along with a couple of others were trapped in small pockets of water.

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Saturday, March 30, 2013

30th March

Regent’s Park

Nothing major to report except some interesting goings on in the Heronry, see what you think.

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If you haven’t figured it out yet the answer is at the end of this entry.

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Picking up and carrying this branch is some achievement, especially on a blustery day when landing is difficult at the best of times.

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The top selection of photos show male birds, two of which I believe are paired up and are moving between several nests. 

Friday, March 29, 2013

29th March

Regent’s Park

Not a very rewarding day in the park. I had hoped to find a large raptor or two, but failed miserably. It was good to see 2 pairs of Sparrowhawks displaying over the park.

Other birds of note:

Shoveler: 18 birds were roosting around the shores of area 8.

Water Rail: still present in the rail ditch in area 2.

Chiffchaff: one was calling from just inside the grounds of The Holme, area 9.

Jackdaw: singles flew over.

Siskin: 3 in the Cricket Pen, area 31.

pictures from today

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This is looking like it could be the worst breeding season since the 1980’s.

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Young can be seen in one nest on area 7 and heard in another on area 8.

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nest building is still on going, but I only counted 21 occupied or nests under construction.

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Hopefully the gulls will polish a few of these goslings off. This species is another that should never have been allowed to get a foothold in the UK.

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The female Shelduck was keen to get close to the brood of goslings, the male was wary of coming to close to the public.

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These Whooper Swans had good reason to make a hasty retreat, the bully below was hot on their tails.

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Coots were fighting all over the lake, will they ever get along?

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It looked like these Common Gulls were playing ice hockey with a piece of bread.

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I cant ever recall seeing so many adult Black-headed and Common Gulls present on the lake at this time of the year. Departure from the park when I started working here in 1977 used to be around the 21st March and has been gradually getting earlier. In recent years most have departed by around 12th.

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The area near the Bandstand is a great place to see this Green Woodpecker.

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