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Sunday, June 29, 2014

29th June

Regent’s Park

After a garden tick the other day I wasn’t expecting another one so soon.

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I am still awaiting the arrival of a Great spotted Woodpecker juvenile.

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“shall I or Shall I not? no I think I will nibble on some poo instead.”

Saturday, June 28, 2014

28th June

Regent’s Park

One of the Kestrel juveniles had left the safety of the nest box this morning.

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This Mandarin was a garden tick, unfortunately it must have been on the Canal as her feathers appear to be covered in a chemical, probably diesel. She also had a bad right leg and chose the quite of my garden to relax in.

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Bushy Park

Friday in the park. I had very little time to do any birding as I am still searching for Oak Processionary Moth nests ahead of the nest removal teams coming in next week. I checked a couple of trees by Heron Pond, which not surprisingly gave me a chance to photograph this Heron.

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From here I moved on to the area south of Upper Lodge Road. Skylarks a pair of Meadow Pipits are feeding young somewhere in the lush grassland. Starlings are roaming the grassland areas in small flocks feeding on the abundant invertebrates in this habitat.

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I was pleased to find evidence of birds breaking into the OPM nests on one tree, hopefully they will find them delicious and want more and more and more…….

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This was my 1st Painted Lady for the park this year.

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I am not quite sure what this damselfly is devouring.

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The deer feeding in the Skylark area help deter people with dogs from entering it, just in case a hind sees it as a threat.

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I get annoyed when a fly lands on my head, I certainly wouldn’t want something as large as a Jackdaw on it.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

26th June

Regent’s Park

Little Grebe: they quite often breed in early summer much later than Great Crested Grebes.

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This nest is near the viewing platform

Kestrel update:

I was informed today that some photographers have been climbing over the fence to get closer to the birds. This will only make the birds retreat back into the box, so please do not do this. It is also a breach of park regulations and can result in a fine.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

25th June

Bushy Park

Common Buzzard: a male was over the Round Plantation at 9.15am.

Hobby: a male flew along the Longford River.

Cuckoo: a bird was flying around the area just north of Heron Pond at 7.50am.

Skylark: 10 seen in the Skylark Protection Area.

Meadow Pipit: a pair feeding young in the above area.

Reed Warbler: 7 in the Brewhouse Pools area.

Common Whitethroat & Blackcap: several family parties were in the Brewhouse Meadow area.

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The first broods of Swallows are now on the wing

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Richmond Park

Common Buzzard: one flew west over Pen Ponds Plantation.

Common Tern: two rafts have 2 chicks on each.

Mallard: a fairly late brood on the upper pond.

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