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Sunday, March 30, 2014

30th March

Regent’s Park

As it was mothers day, I only had time for a couple of hours in the park from 7.00am. The hoped for rush of early of migrants brought by the SE breeze didn’t occur so I spent the time mostly in area 9 hoping for a flyover raptor or wader. Beforehand I had checked on the Kestrels in area 32 and they are still courting.

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This is the largest flycatcher that I have seen, mind you the decaying bits and bobs as well as droppings must attract its fair share. It is also a reason why nest building continues until the young are at the branching stage.

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Another twig! is that all you can get me for Mothers Day?

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I cannot see this pair succeeding once the rowing boats are in use.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

29th March

Regent’s Park

I was hoping for better, possibly the weather was to good and migrants were making the most of it. The only migrant of note was a Common Sandpiper, it must have been feeding on the western side of The Bandstand Island. Unfortunately I was on the eastern side and only saw it when it headed off northwards calling.

Great Crested Grebe: 4 pairs and a lone male.

Little Grebe: 4 pairs.

Blackcap: 4 singing males.

Chiffchaff: 4 males.

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It is really tough being a duck at this time of year.

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Only the strongest and fittest  birds get the chance to mate. Drakes always outnumber ducks and this can be the outcome.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

27th March

Regent’s Park

Maintenance work in my lodge was needed to today, which meant that I had to work from home. This gave me the chance to pop over to the park first thing and then later in the afternoon when I had to meet some volunteers with a work colleague. We are trying recruit volunteers to help us collect data on the flora and fauna of the Royal Parks particularly the central parks. As the meeting point was the Bandstand it gave me the chance to check on the recently hatched Heron chicks.

I didn’t hear or see any new migrants but maybe when the weather swings around to the south-east and warm air moves up from the Med we could be in luck.

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This is no way to behave in front of the kids.

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The bully slopes off back to the island, showing the scars of past fights.

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The conductor looks all set to go.

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A couple of hybrids were in town today, this bird as well as the aythya hybrid that looks slightly Lesser Scaup like.

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The musket (male Sparrowhawk) was very vocal as he sat at the top of a tree in The Holme, area 9.

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