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Monday, May 27, 2013

27th May

Regent’s Park

Common Shelduck: the pair were swimming around Heron Island having lost all of their ducklings to the gulls.

Little Owl: I went looking for the pair on the eastern side of the park and was pleased to find they are nesting once again. They first bred in the park in 2007. It is possible that a second pair are breeding in another area and for their sake it is best that this is kept quiet.

Swallow: one zipped over my garden this afternoon.

Jackdaw: 2 flew north at 1.15pm.

Not the best clip ever, but I love being able to watch these birds at close quarters.

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Not having been to watch these birds for 10 months I hoped that they were still present and that in time I could gain their confidence. Well he soon allowed me to get reasonably close, the female I think is on eggs or brooding young.

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It looks as if he is puckering up in this shot.

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It is the first time that I have seen a Heron regurgitate a pellet. I was busy taking Swift photos, so the settings on the camera were wrong.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

26th May

Regent’s Park

Pretty much the same cast as yesterday.

Great crested Grebe: the pair in area 8 appear to have left their nest site hopefully with young.

Common Shelduck: possibly the fact that both birds pursue the the gulls may have rseulted in the loss of their young.

Common Tern: the pair were over the lake.

Common Swift: there was a lot of courting going on over the lake.

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The young in this nest were more active today and are older than I thought yesterday.

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The pair of Grey Wagtails were collecting food.

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This male flew in from a great height, where else are these birds feeding.

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

25th May

Regent’s Park

Well it looks as if the spring migration has come to an end. A couple of hours in the park this morning and this afternoon didn’t produce anything out of the ordinary.

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The early morning sun lights up the male Kestrel

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Having caught a mouse he takes it to the nest box for the female, she then departs to enjoy the meal in peace. He stayed in the box until she returned.

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This nest is very visible from the bank of the lake by the Bandstand. It is a little high up but will allow good views as the young develop. Hopefully a lower nest will offer more opportunities later in the year.

There are several of the earlier fledged young making use of the strong breeze to tone their flying skills.

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The pair of Shelducks took a dislike to this gull carrying nesting material

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This once scarce species can be seen and heard over most of the park.

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Blackcap singing in the Cricket Pen, area 31.

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This is when you need a Blunderbluss