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Monday, April 20, 2015

20th April

Richmond Park

I didn’t have much time to do much birding as I was there to see how the Skylarks were doing on Lawn Fields followed by a check to see if the terns were back on site. While doing this I was rewarded with a few nice park birds.

Grey Heron: the five pairs are doing well but will possible benefit from some Heron Baskets being erected later in the year.

Red Kite: not that I saw this bird as I had just left the park to go to Regent’s Park when news came through at 12.00pm that it was circling near Pen Ponds car park.

Great crested Grebe: one pair are nesting and 2 individuals were trying to avoid being seen by the male of the breeding pair.

Common Tern: one was on last years hurriedly installed tray.

Swallow: 4 were over Lower Pen Ponds.

Skylark: 3 males were singing over Lawn Field, though 2 of them did head off to Crown Field.

Lesser spotted Woodpecker: a female was drumming and calling in the Pen Ponds area.

Reed Bunting: 6 males were on Lawn Fields.

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This Kestrel is using these structures to look for food, this may be a problem for the Skylarks.

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Oak Processionary Moth caterpillars are now on the move.

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Egg plaques on the outer most branches of an oak, unhatched above and hatched below.

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Less than a day old.

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Clusters of caterpillars

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