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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

26th February

Bushy Park

Stock Dove: 12 feeding in the paddocks.

Redwing: 32 in the Brewhouse area.

Siskin: 14 in the Woodland Gardens.

Lesser Redpoll: 2 in the Woodland Gardens.

Regent’s Park

Common Shelduck: 3 adults (2m) on the main lake.

Sparrowhawk: pr over the main lake.

Stock Dove: 26 in my garden.

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As I was working near Staines res, I popped in and saw the Scaup (just right of the church) and the Slavonian Grebe.

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Stock Dove near the hide on Nature Trail (no public access)

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

25th February

Regent’s Park

I was busy today, so could only manage a few minutes by the lake. The male Great crested Grebes was on the nest with the female waiting for him to get off. They eventually swapped places, the male immediately attacking a Coot that came to close. He then mated with the female, but he will have to work on his foreplay, in fact there wasn’t any. After dismounting and looking proud of himself he then took on an even larger fish eating bird.

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The male dives to attack the Cormorant from below

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The Cormorant is on the alert for a second strike

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Monday, February 24, 2014

24th February

I had a few days off last week, so today was a case of checking up on a few of my projects that had were underway before I went on leave.This gave me the chance to grab a few photos of some of the parks more vulnerable species on what was a glorious day to be out in the parks.

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Sunrise from my office window in Bushy Park.

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This is phase 2, Hedge  Laying on Dukes Head Passage. Phase 1 was opening up an untidy area at the western end. This corridor into the park has been slightly neglected in recent years. My aim is to turn it into a green lane, that will attract a wider range of bio-diversity.

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At least 6 pairs of Skylarks were in evidence south of Upper Lodge Road.

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The Common Buzzard flew into the wood near the Water Gardens.

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Pair of Common Shelducks on a flooded patch in the Brewhouse Meadow.

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Male Reed Bunting in a Brewhouse reed bed.

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One of the 2 pairs of Grey Herons that are breeding on Upper Pen Ponds.

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A very nervous Little Grebe on Pen Ponds

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It was possibly scared of this nearby Great Crested Grebe, that in turn was worried by another G C Grebe on the other side of the pond.

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The pair of Great crested Grebes in Regent’s Park have to be careful when they leave their nest as Coots are also on the lookout for nest sites.

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