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Sunday, October 18, 2015

18th October

Norfolk 17th & 18th October

I have just had a week in Norfolk, where even though it was awash with birds I only had limited time to bird. For that reason my target birds were Isabelline and Great Grey Shrike. There were possible at least 3 of the former and god knows how many Great Greys. I think if you had time to bird thoroughly you stood a good chance of connecting with one, I did manage to find my own bird. I went for the Sheringham Isabelline Shrike early this morning but the poor light and light rain meant no photo, the Great Grey after a bit of a search was a bit more obliging.

The Great Grey Shrike is just about visible

Bushy Park on Friday

Short-tailed Voles

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Bushy Park

Clear overnight skies brought the first autumn movement of thrushes over the park.

Fieldfare: 5 flew west.
Redwing: between 6.30am and 9.30am 450 plus headed west in various sized flocks.
Song Thrush: 25 flew west.
Stonechat: 1f in Bracken south of Upper Lodge Road.
Cetti's Warbler: 1 singing near Dukes Head Passage.
Chiffchaff: 3 in scrub just north of Dukes Head Passage.
Siskin: birds were heard in the Woodland Gardens.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Birds seen in Regent's and Bushy Parks

Birds seen in Regent's and Bushy Parks

Birds seen in these parks in early October

                                          Little Grebe (adult above and juvenile with a
                                          Crayfish below).

                                          European Wigeon

                                          Grey Wagtail

 Bushy Park                      Rose-ringed Parakeets start to strip all the fruit from
                                          the Sweet Chesnuts.

Kensington Gardens       Sparrowhawk annoyed by a crow
                                                       Green Woodpecker

A pictorial catchup of birds seen in Regent's Park

Birds seen since from mid to the end of September

                                          Common Redstart in area 39

                                          Pied Flycatcher in area 35.

                                          Green Woodpecker


                                          It is unusual to have a ringed passerine in the park.
                                          In the past we have had a Wood Warbler and a
                                          Reed Warbler that bred here for 3 years in a row.
                                          Tree Pipit by the Chat Bushes
                                          Whinchat; numbers on and around the Chat Bushes
                                          peaked at 6 on the 17th, the highest total since 1969.
                                          A Grasshopper Warbler was also present that day.