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Saturday, November 23, 2013

23rd November

Regent’s Park

I had a good walk around the park early this morning the aim being to track down a Firecrest. I did manage to either see or hear at least 14 Goldcrests  but not a peep of a Firecrest.

After that I spent sometime in area 9.

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The pair of Kestrels are still hanging around the Wetland. At this time of year they normally have moved away.

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He would certainly make a mess in a bathroom.

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This is one of 3 fully-winged Barnacle Geese that are not part of the collection and normally winter away from the park.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

22nd November

Bushy Park

Another quiet day.

Red crested Pochard: 18 birds on Heron Pond.

Water Rail: It was chased into the Bulrushes by 2 Moorhens.

Grey Wagtail: 2 were in the Welcome Centre car park.

Redwing: 14 flew towards the Canal Plantation.

Chiffchaff: one was in the bracken south of the Leg of Mutton Pond.

Starling: a flock of passage birds flew west.

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Viewed from Dukes Head Passage; the Water Rail has just disappeared into cover.

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The cob returns after chasing off another intruder.

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The hybrid aythya was on Heron Pond

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High flying Starlings

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

19th November

Regent’s Park

Peregrine Falcon: a juvenile female was teasing an immature Herring Gull above the park at 2.10pm.

Siskin: a flock of 14 flew west at 9.10am.

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Some autumn colours by the lake.

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

17th November

I didn’t get out in the park today but fortunately spent a couple of hours over there yesterday morning. Nothing out of the ordinary was seen so I took a few more photos of birds on or close to the lake. The feather patterns always amaze me, even on birds some people wouldn’t give a second glance at.

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The Black-headed Gulls try to snatch possibly small fish or snails from the algae that the Coots bring to the surface.

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Friday, November 15, 2013

15th November

Richmond Park

I didn’t have much time to do any bird watching apart from a quick visit to Pen Ponds. The weather was glorious and the waterfowl numbers on the ponds particularly Upper Pen Ponds are building up.

55 Gadwall and 62 Wigeon are the most numerous but Mallard, Tufted and Pochard numbers are also increasing.

At one stage the birds took to the air before soon returning to the water.

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It is not often that pure bred Mallards are not accompanied by a mish mash of other Mallard crosses.

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