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Monday, December 30, 2013

30th December

        Royal Park Bird Review 

The other day I showed you my highlights from my travels around Great Britain during 2013. What follows are my highlights from The Royal Parks that I have worked in or visited this year plus work loosely connected to the park.

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Great crested Grebes are not fairing very well in 2 out of the 3 parks that they are found in. Regent’s Park used to have at least 4 breeding pairs, now that is down to 2 with only one of those pairs managing to rear a single youngster to fledging age.

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This male Bar-headed Goose and two females didn’t originate in the park and sometimes leave the park for a month or two if the weather gets to cold.

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This Collared Dove was a garden tick for me.

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The area around the Bandstand can be one of the best places to get up close to this species, particularly during the spring and summer.

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Only the pair in the Wetland Pen had a successful 2013.

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This chick was picked up after coming to ground in a crowded area. It was returned to the nest site after dark.

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I was able to monitor and assist when needed this pair, resulting eventually in 3 juveniles being accomplished hunters?

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Before and after breakfast

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It is good to know that Hobby’s are doing well in the parks.

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