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Monday, September 30, 2013

30th September

Bushy Park

Water Rail: one on a pool in the Brew House meadow.

Swallow: 14 flew south.

Redwing: one flew west.

Blackcap: one by the Longford River near the Iron Bridge.

Common Whitethroat: 2 in the Brew House Meadow area.

Chiffchaff: 7 present.

Reed Bunting: 3 seen, 2 in the Brew House area and another near the Heron Pond.

Richmond Park

Common Teal: 4 on Pen Ponds.

Wigeon: 30 on the north pond

Water Rail: 2 calling from within the reed bed.

House Martin: 2 flew south over the ponds.

Reed Warbler: one in reeds near the Anglers Enclosure.

Chiffchaff: 3 in PP Plantation.

Siskin: one flew over the pond.

 

Sunday, September 29, 2013

29th September

Regent’s Park

The last couple of days have been reasonably quiet, with possibly the only good bird being a possible Jack Snipe reported flying over Primrose Hill.

Other birds seen.

Dabchick: 5 on the lake.

Swallow: a handful on both days.

House Martin: 4 birds possibly from the local colony hanging around.

Meadow Pipit: with patients birds could be heard if not seen passing overhead.

Grey Wagtail: 2 today.

Song Thrush: 4 singles flew west this morning.

Redwing: 2 high fliers headed west at 8.50am.

Blackcap: 3 in area 31.

Chiffchaff: at least 8 birds present. 

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A Coot takes evasive action.

1st winter Black-headed Gulls hone their fishing/insect catching skills (below).

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Friday, September 27, 2013

27th September

Bushy Park

Teal: 5 were on the Scrape and viewable from Dukes Head Passage.

Hobby: the female flew over the Scrape and into the Woodland Gardens carrying a Great Tit.

Lapwing: one flew south at 7.25am.

Common Snipe: one was on the Scrape mid morning.

Jack Snipe: one was flushed from a grass path near the Scrape at 7.50am.

Water Rail: one calling from one of the pools in the Brewhouse Meadow.

Skylark: 3 singles flew west.

Meadow Pipit: 8 west.

Grey Wagtail: one flew towards the Water Gardens.

Song Thrush: 3 single high fliers headed west.

Mistle Thrush: 10 were feeding on the meadow.

Common Whitethroat: 1 by the Longford River.

Blackcap: 4 near the Longford River.

Chiffchaff: 6 present.

Richmond Park:

A quick visit to Pen Ponds produced;

Wigeon: 26 birds present.

Common Teal: three birds.

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Not the best Jack Snipe photos but you can see some of the plumage and length of bill differences between the birds above and the Common Snipe below.

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I don’t often take photos of these noisy blighters but my camera has been playing up so I was just practising.

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This Teal was one of the three present on Pen Ponds

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

26th September

I have not really had much opportunity to bird the parks lately. I did however pop up to the Brewhouse Meadow and Pools at lunchtime.

Buzzard: still present.

Skylark: 2 flew west.

Meadow Pipit: 6 flew north.

Pied Wagtail: 12 were on Teddington Towns cricket pitch.

Cetti’s Warbler: I stumbled upon the bird feeding in a small nettle patch.

Chiffchaff: 6 birds along the Longford River.

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The Wetland Pen Kestrel has completed his moult and is looking dandy.

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Hornets feel the same-way towards Wasps as a lot of people.

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Something that does bug me at this time of year is getting a face fill of cobweb that has been strung across a pathway by this species.

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There is a lot of this going on on the ponds and rivers at the moment.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

24th September

Bushy Park

Hobby: 3 juveniles over the Stockyard at 7.15am.

Richmond Park

Teal: one was on Pen Ponds.

Wigeon: 12 were on the pond.

Hobby: 2 birds were over Pen Ponds.

Sparrowhawk: a male over Sidmouth Wood.

Ruff: one flew south at 12.45pm.

Water Rail: 2 birds called from the reed bed.

Kingfisher: one present.

Chiffchaff: 4 were in PP Plantation.

Blackcap: 2 were in brambles in the plantation.

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For much of the time the Hobby’s were fairly high up.

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