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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

28th July

Richmond Park

Yesterday I removed the last of Oak Processionary Moth caterpillar nests that had been identified by the volunteers and myself in Bushy Park. Today I moved over to Richmond Park to assist the team there with nest removals. It gave me a chance to have a quick look at Pen Ponds before getting started. The water body itself was fairly quiet with only a couple of pairs of Great crested Grebes, single pairs Mute Swan and Common Tern. I was surprised that there were no juveniles present from any of these. There was a Tufted Duck with a brood of 5 ducklings but not much else on the water.

The only birds of interest were.

Water Rail: a juvenile was walking along the shore of the Anglers Enclosure.

Kingfisher: one was fishing from a bush overhanging the fence that separates the reed bed from the main body of water.

Reed Warbler: 10 birds were in the reed bed and nearby scrub.

Common Whitethroat: 4 birds were in the brambles in the Anglers Enclosure.

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Views over Lawn Field and Upper Pen Ponds at around 5.45am.

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Long distance shots of the juvenile rail and Kingfisher.

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Reed Warbler begging for food.

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Stag Beetle (female).

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