It has been fairly quiet in the parks of late, so I apologise for the lack of updates recently. I like to thank you for following this blog, birds might not be of the highest calibre but for such an urban location, they take some beating.
Saturday, December 06, 2014
I didn’t spend much time in the park but the areas where the more interesting birds can turn up were quiet.
I did however see:
Wigeon: pair still present.
Shoveler: 24 on the banks of Heron Island.
Mandarin: 26 on the islands on the main lake.
Chiffchaff: 1 was with a tit flock in area 23.
This Jay was on my woodpecker feeder in the garden.
The family of Moorhens below have acquired the taste for gull crap. Surely the lake has something better than that.
Friday, December 05, 2014
A walk along the parks western boundary between Dukes Head Passage and the Water Gardens produced several good birds.
Common Buzzard: I disturbed a male that was perched in a tall Chestnut tree by the river.
Kingfisher: one flew along the river.
Cetti’s Warbler: the male was singing from some Elderberry bushes by the river.
Chiffchaff: at least 3 birds were feeding here.
Reed Bunting: 3 birds were feeding on phragmites seeds, occasionally they would perch up in the bushes just north of Dukes Head Passage.
Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Meadow Pipit: 6 by Heron Pond.
Fieldfare: 2 flew west at 8.20am.
Redwing: 6 in the Woodland Gardens.
Cetti’s Warbler: one still singing close to Dukes Head Passage.
Little Grebe: one on the Longwater.
Great crested Grebe: 4 present.
Redwing: one perched briefly by Buck Hill.
Tawny Owl: last winters bird is back in his day roost in a Willow near Long Bridge.
Do you recognize this colourful bather? the answer is below.
A distant shot of a Grey Heron holding on to a fish any angler would be proud to catch. In the end after holding it for 5 mins he lost his grip and the fish got away.