It has been fairly quiet in the parks of late, so I apologise for the lack of updates recently. I like to thank you for following this blog, birds might not be of the highest calibre but for such an urban location, they take some beating.
Saturday, December 06, 2014
I didn’t spend much time in the park but the areas where the more interesting birds can turn up were quiet.
I did however see:
Wigeon: pair still present.
Shoveler: 24 on the banks of Heron Island.
Mandarin: 26 on the islands on the main lake.
Chiffchaff: 1 was with a tit flock in area 23.
This Jay was on my woodpecker feeder in the garden.
The family of Moorhens below have acquired the taste for gull crap. Surely the lake has something better than that.
Friday, December 05, 2014
A walk along the parks western boundary between Dukes Head Passage and the Water Gardens produced several good birds.
Common Buzzard: I disturbed a male that was perched in a tall Chestnut tree by the river.
Kingfisher: one flew along the river.
Cetti’s Warbler: the male was singing from some Elderberry bushes by the river.
Chiffchaff: at least 3 birds were feeding here.
Reed Bunting: 3 birds were feeding on phragmites seeds, occasionally they would perch up in the bushes just north of Dukes Head Passage.
Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Meadow Pipit: 6 by Heron Pond.
Fieldfare: 2 flew west at 8.20am.
Redwing: 6 in the Woodland Gardens.
Cetti’s Warbler: one still singing close to Dukes Head Passage.
Little Grebe: one on the Longwater.
Great crested Grebe: 4 present.
Redwing: one perched briefly by Buck Hill.
Tawny Owl: last winters bird is back in his day roost in a Willow near Long Bridge.
Do you recognize this colourful bather? the answer is below.
A distant shot of a Grey Heron holding on to a fish any angler would be proud to catch. In the end after holding it for 5 mins he lost his grip and the fish got away.
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Wigeon: a pair were on the eastern side of Heron Island.
Shoveler: 38 on the main lake.
Gadwall: 18 on the main lake.
Teal: 3 on the Bandstand Island.
Woodcock: one was flushed in area 41 this morning.
Tawny Owl: a bird is roosting in the tall pollarded Willow near Long Bridge as he/she did last year.
Redwing: several birds were feeding on berries in the park.
Monday, November 24, 2014
I spent today here today assisting my old colleague and counting waterfowl.
There were a couple of species seen that are worth reporting.
Redwing: at least 75 birds headed west in small flocks, some had clearly roosted overnight.
Chiffchaff: one was in area 33.
Lesser Redpoll: 2 flew east over the Cricket Pen.
Reed Bunting: at least one bird was feeding in the reed bed in area 2 just west of the rail ditch.
Wood Pigeon: 140 headed north-east.
Jackdaw: one was on the Bandstand Island, area 7.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Today I was working with the rest of the Ecology Team and a couple of other members of staff from the Royal Parks. We were removing some of the aquatic vegetation from the Scrape and channels that link the pools in the Brew House Meadow. The weather could not have been better; no rain, not to warm and even the sun put shone for us.
Mandarin Duck: one’s and two’s were commuting between the Woodland Gardens and the copse near the Water Gardens. A flock of 8 flew over on one occasion.
Common Buzzard: one put in an appearance at lunchtime.
Sparrowhawk: one hunted the area several times, causing much concern amongst the Jackdaws and Parakeets.
Kestrel: it was good to see the pair that breed on the western side were still present.
Stonechat: one was by the scrape when we arrived to start work there.
Cettis Warbler: one was again singing just north of the entrance from Dukes Head Passage into the park.
Some of the work party get stuck into removing some Bulrushes that were obstructing one of the Kingfisher banks that were built last winter and will be finished this winter.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Common Buzzard: one flew from the line of Oaks in the Brew House Meadow towards the Woodland Gardens.
Kingfisher: one was on the Scrape.
Stonechat: a male was perched on the Bulrushes in the Scrape.
Redwing: 180+ flew west prior to 9.00am.
Cettis Warbler: one was singing in scrub at the eastern end of Dukes Head Passage at 8.30am.
Reed Bunting: at least 6 were feeding in the reed beds in the Brew House Meadows.
Yesterday I was in Kensington Gardens
This Jay was looking for a peanut that another bird had just hidden.
The eyes of a Cormorant are almost as stunning as one of my favourite birds the Gannet
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Teal: 3 on the scrape.
Gadwall: 18 on Heron Pond.
Red crested Pochard: 14 on Heron Pond.
Common Snipe: 1 on the scrape.
Skylark: 8 birds south of Upper Lodge Road.
Kingfisher: one perched on branch in the scrape.
Fieldfare: one perched briefly on the top of a Poplar in the Woodland Gardens.
Redwing: 18 flew west.
Stonechat: a pair in Bracken south of Upper Lodge Road.
Cettis Warbler: one singing in scrub just north of Dukes Head Passage.
Chiffchaff: one calling just south of the Iron Bridge.
Siskin: one flew north over the Woodland Gardens.
Reed Bunting: 2 by the Scrape.
Sunrise from my office
On the hunt for amphibians
In the end he just couldn’t eat the last berry on the tree, her sad look was just to much.