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Saturday, June 14, 2014

14th June

Regent’s Park.

Nothing different to report apart from;

Little Owl: Central London’s first breeding pair have produced young for the 7th year in a row. The birds can be heard and seen on the eastern side of the park.

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This years first grebe’s to hatch are fishing close to York Bridge Island.

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There dad can also be seen fishing here and then swimming 5 minutes back to his second brood.

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The family on the western side of the Bandstand Island are down to one chick, possibly because they have a murderer in the family. There is an outside chance that an adult from the nearby Coot family killed it as one tried and failed to get this last surviving chick.

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The Coot moves in slowly before lunging at the chick which dives to avoid his attacker.

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He surfaces alone but unscathed.

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Richmond Park’s Pen Pond on Thursday

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3 pairs of Common Tern are incubating, with the pairs in the proper rafts looking really hot. The other pair nesting in a makeshift tray may struggle to rear their young.

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This birds partner relieved her of her incubating duties which allowed her to have a dip in the lake.

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Bushy Park (recent news)

Common Buzzard: one was over the Round Plantation mid-week.

Cuckoo: one was last seen on the 9th in the allotments on the western side of the park.

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Starling landing on the weathervane in the Stockyard, the Pied Wagtail was just below with food for its nearby young.

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This Little Owl was on the wall by the Royal Padocks

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There are a couple of family groups out in the Skylark area

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This juvenile Jackdaw was grounded on Friday, possibly as a result of Crows finding the nest hole.

 

 

2 comments:

glen mcdonal Writer said...

Spectical warbler looks a real cracker...but where should it be ? as it is a long way from home.
Hard to beat a little turn when watching sea birds.
Great photos as always.

Tony Duckett said...

Hi Glen.

It was and still is a real cracker. It would feel more at home in areas of Southern Europe.