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Friday, October 24, 2014

24th October

Regent’s Park



The Yellow-browed Warbler has been spending more time in area 31 over the past couple of days. It spends it’s time feeding in the Silver Birches and Pines. It then makes its customary pit stop in the Elm thicket where it can have a drink and freshen up. It gets excited when a roaming party of of tits moves through and tends to call more when that happens. It will give chase at times so look out for this if you are thinking of calling in tomorrow. Also in the area are a couple of Chiffchaffs and the odd Blackcap.

If it is sunny in the morning then there is a good chance to witness some bird movement, this will die down after 9.30am.

I am off to Norfolk for a week so if you should see something of interest please leave a message in the comments box or tweet me @parkbirdslondon. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

22nd October

Regent’s Park

Wood Pigeon: over 2,000 passed through prior to 9.00am.

Fieldfare: 2 flew west.

Redwing: 80+ west.

Yellow-browed Warbler: still present mainly in the thicket in area 31.

Brambling: 1 flew west.

Siskin: 2 over.

Bushy Park

Common Teal: a pair on the Scrape.

Wood Pigeon: 5,600+ flew SW prior to 9.30am.

Stock Dove: 30+ in with the woody’s.

Pied Wagtail: 6 in the paddocks.

Redwing: 15 west in one’s and two’s.

Chiffchaff: one in scrub by Dukes Head Passage.










Tuesday, October 21, 2014

21st October

Regent’s Park

Yellow-browed Warbler: still present in areas 31 & 34

Willow Warbler: one in area 34.

Chiffchaff: 5 in area 34.


Area 34, with the dead Elder that the bird frequently turns up in.


Area 31 and the small thicket that the bird turns up in probably to take a drink from a puddle.



Monday, October 20, 2014

20th October

Bushy Park

A quieter day today, even the deer were saving their voices.

Little Grebe: one on Heron Pond, harassed by gulls.

Teal: one on the scrape.

Gadwall: 11 on the boating lake.

Shoveler: 1 drake still present on the boating lake.

Redwing: 12 flew through.

Stonechat: one close to the Scrape.

Regent’s Park

The Yellow-browed Warbler finally allowed me to get a record shot. The bird was still frequenting the island in area 34, at times it showed in the tall Willows around the end of the lake. It would sometimes disappear but would eventually return to this area.

Chiffchaff: at least 2 birds in the same area.

Blackcap: 3 present here also.








Friday, October 17, 2014

17th October

Regent’s Park

Ring Ouzel: one flew NE this morning.

Redwing: 200+ flew west in small flocks.

Meadow Pipit: 40 flew west.

Chiffchaff: 2 in the Cricket Pen area 31.

Yellow-browed Warbler: birds are like buses, once you see one another quickly follows. What a great find this morning and the bird was still present at the end of the lake or in the Cricket Pen until 2.00pm. It then moved to the large Sycamore in the grounds of St Johns Lodge, before returning to the Oak where it showed well before last being seen in a dead Elder on the end of the island.

Brambling: 6 flew west at 1.40pm.

Bushy Park

I didn’t have much time to bird today, Fridays are always a bit busier.

Teal: A pair, my first of the autumn were on the Scrape.

Skylark: 10 were present in the Skylark Zone, while 7 flew west.

Meadow Pipit: a small passage was observed and a flock of 34 were in the open Bracken areas in the Skylark Zone.

Redwing: 280 headed west before 9.00am.

Brambling: 4 flew west.

Siskin: one flew west.



With little time to take photos and the failure of the Yellow-browed Warbler to sit out in the open on a dead branch here are some Deer pics.

It is really important when taking photos of the deer you do it without causing them to behave in a different manner. They shouldn’t feel pressured so having people all around them or on 3 sides as one stag and his harem were today is bad practice. With long lens’s use common sense and keep you distance.


Deer paparazzi in Bushy Park this morning.





Thursday, October 16, 2014

16th October

Bushy Park

A bright start to the day for a change, but with very little cloud picking up migrating birds wasn’t easy.

Shoveler: one on the boating lake.

Gadwall: one on the boating lake.

Common Buzzard: one mobbed by crows over the Brew House meadows.

Kestrel: one not given a moments peace by member of the crow family.

Skylark: 18 birds were seen in the Upper Lodge area, 6 flew west.

Meadow Pipit: 35 birds were seen, 25 were feeding in the Upper Lodge area.

Swallow: 8 flew south east.

House Martin: 4 flew south east.

Ring Ouzel: 2 birds landed briefly in birches on the western boundary of the park at 7.15am before quickly moving on.

Redwing: a small movement was noticed involving around 65 birds.

Song Thrush: 25 birds passed through, some stopped off briefly.

Blackbird: 10  singles flew over.

Stonechat: 4 birds viewable from the Brew House.

Chiffchaff: one by the entrance to the park by Dukes Head Passage.

Blackcap: 2 also in this area.

Cettis Warbler: one bird calling also in this area but more towards the river.

I did glimpse twice deep in some brambles near the Water Gardens a small brown, flesh coloured legged warbler. It was tacking very softly.


possibly one of the better photos that I have taken of a Cormorant









At one time this tree had over 20 pipits in it.









Wednesday, October 15, 2014

15th October

Bushy Park

Skylark: 6 flew west.

Pied Wagtail: 6 feeding in the paddock area.

Swallow: 2 birds flew east.

House Martin: 2 were with the Swallows.

Redwing: 24 flew west in small groups between 11.30 and 12.00pm.

Song Thrush: 11 singles flew west.

Stonechat: 4 were feeding together.



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

14th October

Kensington Gardens

I should have learnt by now never leave the camera behind even if the light and forecast is poor. I had meeting for much of the day but with a little time beforehand to check on some of this parks habitats. When I left my house this morning the first birds that I saw were 40 high flying Redwings. This brought back memories of the days in the past when we have witnessed migration over London, that has involved 100’s of birds.                                                           My first stop in Ken Gardens was the Round Pond, as soon as I got out of the car a flock of 200 Redwings headed west. In the next hour and a quarter I witnessed a migration spectacular.

Great Skua: while standing by the Long Water my attention was drawn to a lazily flapping large bird heading east. I was gobsmacked to see a Bonxie (close enough for a good record shot, if only) start to soar over Buckhill before dissappearing into the low cloud.

Redwing: 2700 In the time I had whilst scrutinizing habitats flocks of varying sizes from 6 to 300+ headed mainly west. On occasions some would drop down into trees before quickly moving on. How long it eventually went on I do not know but quite often it stops around 10.00am.

Song Thrush: 50 in one’s and two’s headed westwards.

Blackbird: 40 also headed in the same direction some amongst the Redwings. I was unable to turn any into Ring Ouzels.

Meadow Pipit: 6 singles headed south.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

12th October

Rarity update Isles of Scilly

Wilson’s Snipe

Having seen this American species in the UK 3 times before I am always checking the snipe on the Isles of Scilly. When a flock of 11 flew in off the sea and then around Peninnis Head on St Mary’s having first looked at them through bins I decided to try and take a few photos even though the light wasn’t that good. It had become clear that not all these birds looked the same in particular there bellies and underwing. Some appeared to have less white on their bellies and underwing. Later that day a small group of what could have been the same birds were on view outside the ISBG hide at Lower Moors. I noticed that one had a different plumage colour and wing coverts to at least 3 of the other 5 birds on show. The other was slightly obscured by rushes, so I concentrated on the one in the open amongst the others. This bird also had less white on its underparts as well as possibly showing more orange on the tail. These birds were only present for one day unless they’d moved to another nearby site. We did see 4 birds come up from a field west of the Standing Stones Field.

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