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Saturday, May 31, 2014

31st May

Regent’s Park

No megas so I thought I would call in at the Kestrel before checking on the grebe’s progress. Well it could be that the Kestrels are just hatching as the female didn’t leave the box when the male brought in a mouse. Two of the pairs of grebe on the Bandstand Island have managed to hatch their eggs without being disturbed by rowers on the lake.

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Friday, May 30, 2014

30th May

Red Warning

Oak Processionary Moth.

The first cluster of caterpillars were found in Richmond Pk a couple of weeks ago and in Bushy Park a week later. We have again enlisted the help of volunteers to help us survey the park. Any clusters of caterpillars or their nests are mapped. We then have the nests removed before they pupate and hatch out as moths.This method allows us to avoid spraying all the Oaks in the park.

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The characteristic pattern of leaves once they have been eaten.

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30th May

Richmond Park

Having visited yesterday and seen that there were 3 pairs of Common Terns present, 2 pairs on each raft and another pair on a half constructed Coots nest. If this pair were going to lay eggs they needed something more substantial. I happened to have a shallow tray that might suffice for one year, though any success would depend on any young that hatch staying inside the tray. We will look to make further more substantial improvements before next years breeding season.

Before leaving the area we had a quick look at the 2 other sites, both scrapes contained 3 eggs.

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Bushy Park

This Heron took over this Coots nest for a spot of fishing but left a few minutes later, having failed on two attempts.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

29th May

The mild winter must have been good for Great crested Grebes. The 3 parks that I visit regularly have pairs present this year. Regent’s Parks grebes have suffered in recent years but so far this year there are five pairs. Richmond Park is recent years has only had one pair today there were 3 pairs. The lakes in Bushy Park are not really grebe friendly but the pair that turned up last week have started building a nest.

Bushy Park

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Richmond Park (Pen Ponds and Pen Ponds Plantation)

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Three pairs are present the pair below are likely to fail unless something can be done swiftly.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

28th May

I popped down to see my sister in Barnstable in North Devon for a long weekend. I didn’t have time for much birding but when we were out and about it was almost as quiet as the parks.

The only birds I have seen were in Regent’s Park this afternoon and they have been present for sometime.

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When I pulled up by the gate to the Wetland Pen, area 32 the male was just on the other side and ignored me while looking for food. I do not think they have any young to feed just yet but it wont be long.

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The pair of Common Terns are still present, which is unusual she is normally on eggs at Brent Reservoir.

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Having seen his siblings picked off one by one this better keep closer to his parents otherwise he will be joining them. He is still not yet big enough to be off the menu.

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Valley of the Stones just west of Lynmouth was as beautiful valley made even better when a Peregrine soared above the car park.

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Looking north across the Bristol Channel, with Wales in the distance. Below is a valley that leads down to Woody Bay.

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This Little Egret was feeding close to the Sedge Warbler.