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Friday, March 14, 2014

14th March

Richmond Park

I had to meet up with the Gamekeepers this morning, which gave me a chance to call in at Pen Ponds. Waterfowl numbers are still dropping and nothing unusual was on show.

Grey Heron: the lower earlier nest has 3 chicks.

Great crested Grebe: three were present on Upper Pen Ponds, though it soon dropped down to 2 when the resident male chased the other bird on to the lower pond.

Siskin: 4 flew over Pen Ponds Plantation.

Lesser Redpoll: 2 flew over Thatched Lodge. 

Reed Bunting: several were singing nearby.

Bushy Park

Lesser spotted Woodpecker: the female was in the Woodland Gardens close to Dukes Head Passage. I was unfortunately on the other side of the river and could only watch her in the distance.

Redwing: still around 20 still present.

Chiffchaff: 2 still along the western boundary.

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Young Herons on Upper Pen Ponds

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Kestrel enjoying the view over Kingston from the view point near Thatched Lodge.

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The female watches as the intruder does a circuit of Pen Ponds

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Having seen off his rival he gets back to courting the female

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Nuthatches in Bushy Park

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The female Nuthatch does all the work while the male stand guard

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1 comment:

Bill said...

Well done on re-finding the Woodpecker. Was beginning to worry that it wouldn't turn up...