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Monday, March 24, 2014

24th March

According to the weather forecasters today is the last good day of the week. I had to help with mapping trees in Richmond Park this morning. This gave the opportunity to check on the Heron’s on Pen Ponds. I didn’t get a chance to bird the park at all as I had to get back to Bushy by mid morning. I did see and hear a couple of birds.

Common Buzzard: A pair drifted south over Pen Ponds Plantation at 11.15am before catching a thermal and drifting back north. At one point the male boke away to chase off another bird.

Sparrowhawk: 2 single males, one of which displayed over the Isabella Plantation.

Peregrine: a male flew along the western edge of the park at 10.30am.

Great crested Grebe: the pair were feeding around the lake but not showing any sign of nesting.

Water Rail: one was calling from the Pen Ponds reed bed.

Bar-headed Goose: a male dropped in at around 10.45am.

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Common Buzzard: a pair were displaying over the Brewhouse Meadow at 1.40pm.

 

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This was an unexpected visitor to Pen Ponds. Male Bar-headed Geese are a stunning smallish goose.

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Sparrowhawk with puffed up undertail coverts

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This was almost but not quiet to much to swallow.

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Green Woodpecker working a hedgerow in Bushy Park

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Male and female Common Buzzard over the Brewhouse Meadow

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Green Woodpecker under my kitchen window

 

 

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