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Thursday, April 30, 2015

30th April

Regent’s Park

I didn’t have time to submit yesterdays news as I was having to do a very long day at work. There was one very big surprise and the parks 6th record.

Scaup: having not been reported for a couple of weeks, which I presume means that it had departed the Kensington Gardens/Hyde Park bird arrived here in the company of a female Tufted Duck. Also on the water was at least one hybrid female Scaup. That was a surprise but something even more surprising was  was a female Scaup was on the lake also. When seen yesterday the bird was a sleep but today when it did wake up its identity could be verified.

Common Shelduck: What great parents they are nothing is safe from attack. The try and bring down anything from Pochards to Canada Geese.

Grey Wagtail: the male is going back and forth to a nest somewhere south of the park. It sometimes sings from the fence posts that surround the recently replanted reed by Heron Island.

Sedge Warbler: 3 possibly 4 birds at the Boat House end of the lake.

Garden Warbler: one was singing on Hanover Island yesterday.

Willow Warbler: one singing in the Avenue Gardens.

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This strange plumaged Mandarin has been around for a couple of years but this the first time that I have been able to photograph it.

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After a high speed chase a cooling splash down was needed.

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Someone is going to come home to a garden pond pond with a few Goldfish missing.

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This young Heron is practising how to catch a twig.

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Jay sunbathing

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