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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

30th April

Regent’s Park

Lesser Whitethroat: one in the hedge on the western side of the Old Golf & Tennis School, area 39.

Garden Warbler: two birds present, one in the same area as the above.

Bushy Park

Common Buzzard: one in the Brew House area.

Cuckoo: one was calling from in the Woodland Garden at 7.30am.

Reed Warbler: two singing in the Brew House Fields.

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This Mallard Duck was trying to avoid the attention of a couple of drakes.

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These two photos show the difference in the underwing patterns of Stock Dove and Feral Pigeon.

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A pair of Mandarins soak up the early morning sun by a ditch near Upper Lodge Road.

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I had to visit Hyde Park this morning and being a few minutes early I popped down to the Serpentine.

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Monday, April 29, 2013

29th April

Regent’s Park

Common Redstart: a female was seen feeding from trees near the feeding station in area 41.

Reed Warbler: 3 males singing from the reed beds at the north western end of the lake.

Willow Warbler: 2 birds singing.

Bushy Park

Common Shelduck: at least 6 possibly 8 in the Heron Pond area at 7.15am.

Common Buzzard: one mobbed over the Brew House Fields this morning.

Common Swift: 3 flew south.

Willow Warbler: 2 birds singing in the Woodlands Garden close to the entrance to Dukes Head Passage.

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The female was drumming from the top of an Oak at the eastern end of the Round Plantation, the same location that I have seen her on several occasions recently.

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

28th April

The weekend in Norfolk weather wise wasn’t to bad apart from the wind coming from completely the wrong direction. Bird life for that reason wasn’t the best, particularly for migrants. The best bird in Norfolk was a Woodchat Shrike but I was on the extreme east coast and he was on the western side. I did contemplate calling in on the way home, but once cloud cover moved in I chose to head home without a detour.

Here are a few snaps that I am reasonably pleased with. 

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A Barn Owl reminding motorists of the speed limit.

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If only he had faced the camera

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A stack of Shelducks

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Pot-bellied Avocet

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What is the name of the village in the distance

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Any ideas?

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Friday, April 26, 2013

26th April

Sorry for the blog it is a bit rushed as I am off to Norfolk in 20 minutes.

Regent’s Park

Swallow: 2 through.

Northern Wheatear:  8 birds present.

Lesser Whitethroat: 2 birds singing.

C. Whitethroat: 1 in area 31.

Bushy Park

Sparrowhawk: 3 circling high above paddocks.

Swift: 8 flew north.

Swallow: 26 present.

Yellow Wagtail: one north at 12.00pm.

Wheatear: 23 around the usual open areas.

Whinchat: 2 males and a female south of the Oval Plantation.

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This bird was wary of this high flier

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It then chose a different vantage point

Thursday, April 25, 2013

25th April

Regent’s Park

Common Buzzard: one flew high SW at 3.10pm.

Common Swift: one this afternoon flew SW at 3.14pm.

House Martin: 4 over.

Northern Wheatear: 2 males and a female this morning, the males moving to the fenced off rugby pitch in area 41 in the afternoon.

Reed Warbler: 3 present; 2 in area 2 and another in the Wetland Pen, area 32.

Blackcap: 14+ around the park.

Common Whitethroat: 2 birds in area 31.

Chiffchaff: 5 birds possibly on territories.

Willow Warbler: 3 present.

Lesser Redpoll: 2 over.

Bushy Park:

Common Buzzard: one mewing, that sounded as if it were coming from the Woodland Gardens.

Peregrine Falcon: a male flew through the Woodland Garden (Fishers Field) at 7.30 am.

Common Snipe: one on the Scrape.

Common Swift: 2 flew leisurely south this morning.

Barn Swallow: at least 14 around the park.

Sand Martin: one feeding over the bracken with Swallows.

House Martin: two birds from Hampton flew over the Stockyard.

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker: a bird was heard in the Woodland Gardens before relocating to the Round Plantation before then sneaking away.

Northern Wheatear: 3 males and a female south of Oval Plantation.

Siskin: one flew over.

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When this bird looked up and then the other I new something was worrying them. Sure enough at a very great height was a Buzzard.

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While watching the Common Buzzard this Swift flew beneath it.

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Bushy Park Birds

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Peregrine Falcon departing the Woodland Gardens. I only popped into the gardens in the hope of hearing a Wood Warbler.

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There were more female Blackcaps around today.

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