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Monday, March 23, 2015

23rd March

Regent’s Park

Kestrel: a 1st year male has paired up with last years female in the Wetland Pen, area 32. He isn’t a patch on her old partner, well not yet.

Reed Bunting: a male was in the Old Boat House reed bed, area 2.

Kensington Gardens/Hyde Park

Goldeneye: the female was feeding close to the shore east of the Lido.

Scaup: the 1st winter drake was by the north shore car park.

Cetti’s Warbler: singing well throughout the morning.

Blackcap: a female in the same area as the Cetti’s.

Chiffchaff: one in the same area as the above two warblers.

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He is almost moulted into summer plumage.

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Aythya Hybrid (above) and it is good to see the Mute Swans getting on, not. I do hate bullies.

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Another great view of the Cetti’s Warbler, in fact a couple of times while I was standing by a bramble bush the bird was skulking on the ground within 2 metres of me. The Robin came to see what I was doing also.

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Update on the oldest young in the Regent’s Park Heronry

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It’s chaos when the parents arrive with a crop full of food. The chicks have know respect for their parents at all.

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They could take their maiden flights within a week, even though this one looks as if he/she wants to follow the adult. Unfortunately this year a group of none breeding crows are hanging around area 7. This could mean that once the young Herons take to the air they may not get back, being driven down on to the ground by the corvids. If they are not able to get back to the nest they will starve as the parents will only feed them at the nest.

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