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Friday, August 30, 2013

30th August

Regent’s Park

Teal: one still present.

Shoveler: 15 present.

Green Sandpiper: one was seen flying from the direction of the Wetland Pen at 9.20am. This was the parks 5th record and unfortunately by the time the news was reported the bird was long gone.

Common Sandpiper: one was on Heron Island, area 8 late morning.

Common Snipe: one was flushed from the Wetland Pen, when the search was on for the long gone Green Sandpiper.

Yellow Wagtail: one flew SW at 1.20pm.

Kingfisher: There have been several sighting around the lake and even along the canal, so it hard to say how many birds are present at the moment. 

Common Whitethroat: 4 birds present.

Willow Warbler & Chiffchaff: not many present but Chiffchaffs outnumber Willows.

Spotted Fycatcher: one in area 39.

Bushy Park

Not much to report apart from what is shown below.

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This female Kestrel showed very well near the weekend car park on Upper Lodge Road

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The window of opportunity to capture photos of is very small as they are normally between me and the sun. These photos sort of show a food pass between the adult male and a juvenile. Their pursuit of the adult is pointless and they soon empty taloned.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

29th August

I was tied up in Bushy Park with a large group of Goldman Sachs volunteers. They were here to cut down a large area of Rhododendron Ponticum in an area called the Broom Clumps. This is an enclosed area that is not open to the public and will benefit immensely from this work. For that reason I was unable to check on the recent hot spots, apart from a quick foray into the Brewhouse meadows/pools. It seemed fairly quiet apart from a handful of C.Whitethroats and Phyloscs.

It was also fairly quiet in Regent’s Park, though there were 3 Garden Warblers in the Cricket Pen.

I did manage to grab these shots before meeting the Volunteers

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After missing out on the dragonfly he chose something a little larger.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

28th August

Regent’s Park

Red Kite: one flew north over Primrose Hill at 12.35pm and was a lifer for Birdman-euston.

Common Teal: one flew over Long Bridge.

Kingfisher: yesterdays 2 birds were still present, though mobile. The best way to see them is to listen out for their call.

Whinchat: Similar to the above species yesterdays birds were still present this morning but were very mobile. Whinchats and dogs do not mix.

Spotted Flycatcher: two birds were in the goose pen area 32 this afternoon.

Pied Flycatcher: one was present in the Cricket Pen, area 31. However it was hard to see spending much of the time high in the pines.

Bushy Park

Most of yesterdays cast was still present. The slightly less common are mentioned below.

Cetti’s Warbler: one was still present just beyond the western boundary of the park.

Common Redstart: the male was on the eastern side of Hawthorn Cottage.

Spotted Flycatcher: this bird was also by Hawthorn Cottage, quite often associating with the Redstart.

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Spotted Flycatchers in Regent’s Park

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Migrant Hawker Bushy Park

  

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

27th August

A touch of the east coast in the parks today:

Regent’s Park

Common Teal: one was flushed from the Wetland Pen, area 32.

Northern Shoveler: 7 were on the lake.

Common Buzzard: 4 birds flew south around 1.15pm.

Kingfisher: two were in the Longbridge Sanctuary, area 34 and 35. One of them tried to beg for a fish that the other bird had caught.

Northern Wheatear: a bird was on the slope of Primrose Hill early this morning.

Whinchat: one was seen on the post around the rugby pitch by area 41 this morning. It then possibly flew to the chat bushes in area 36 as two birds were present this afternoon.

Spotted Flycatcher: one was present in area 20 this afternoon.

Bushy Park

Common Snipe: one was flushed from the beside a pool in the Brewhouse meadow area.

Common Buzzard: one in the Brewhouse wood.

Sparrowhawk: the young were very vocal in the Fishers Pond area of the Woodland Gardens.

Hobby: birds still present.

Whinchat: one was in the Brewhouse meadow.

Cetti’s Warbler: one though on occasions I thought there were two were in bushes by the Longford River, 100 meters north of Dukes Head Passage.

Common Redstart: a male by Hawthorn Cottage and in Hawthorns just to the south.

Spotted Flycatcher: in the same area as the redstart.

Reed Warbler: 4 around the pools in the Brewhouse meadow.

Garden Warbler: two in the same area as the above but nearer to the park fence feeding in elder berry bushes.

Lesser Whitethroat: one with the above.

Common Whitethroat: 8 present.

Blackcap: 14 present.

Willow Warbler & Chiffchaff: present in fewer numbers than last week, although I didn’t really check all the areas thoroughly.

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Regent’s Parks Whinchats

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Not the best photos but it is a start.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

26th August

I had a very quick visit to the Old Golf & Tennis court area around 7.15am on the way back from collecting my paper. There wasn’t much to be seen apart from tits, Willow/Chiffs and a couple of Blackcaps. I bumped into Birdman-euston and mentioned that he should keep an eye out for Whinchats as so many were arriving on the east coast. I had seen quite few yesterday on the North Norfolk Coast while Sally visited her mum in hospital. I left (B-E) and went home for breakfast when a phone call had me woofing down my toast and rushing back to the junior cricket pitch and a Whinchat that could be flushed at any moment. I watched it get moved from one area of fencing to another before it thought the park isn’t the place for me and departed northwards.

Other News

Common Sandpiper: one circled the lake at 8.30am before gaining height and heading off eastwards.

Swallow: 2 birds flew NE.

House Martin: 75 were over the lake early morning.

Spotted Flycatcher: one was in the Secret Garden, area 30.

Blackcap: at least 15 around with 9 of those being seen in the trees that border the rose wheel, area 17.

Garden Warbler:3 present, 2 of which showed well in the SE corner of area 31.

Common Whitethroat: 2 were seen.

Willow Warbler: 10+ present.

Chiffchaff: 18+ present.

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Below are a some pictures from Norfolk

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