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Saturday, March 22, 2014

22nd March

Regent’s Park

Little Grebe: 3 pairs present.

Shoveler: 11 birds on Heron Island, area 8.

Red crested Pochard: 32 birds mainly drakes.

Common Shelduck: 2 fully-winged pairs present.

Northern Wheatear: 3 males on the cricket tables from 6.40am.

Blackcap: 3 males singing.

Chiffchaff: 12 singing birds around the park, 4 were in area 35.

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This big bird dropped down on the grass outside my house at 5.45am.

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The trouble with any bird that lands on the sports areas at the weekend have virtually no chance of resting in the park for long.

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The male Kestrel showed well in the early morning sun.

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The light was just in the right place to to take photos of Herons flying from area 8 to collect nesting material near Longbridge, area 35.

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I then moved to my normal position area 9.

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You have to look a more closely at the photo below it isn’t a different bird, well not all of it.

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It is unusual for an established pair to have only one chick. Mind you it does allow this one to grow more rapidly as he gets all the food he wants without a squabble.

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The female Red Crested Pochards are in demand.

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