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Friday, February 27, 2015

27th February

Bushy Park

Gadwall: a pair on the Scrape and 5 on Heron Pond.

Common Snipe: one on the Scrape again, visible from the view point on Dukes Head Passage.

Stonechat: a pair by the Scrape, occasionally they pop over the fence and into the park by the Round Plantation.

Bullfinch: it is a shame they are so scarce within the London area, 2 females were feeding in the scrub area between the river and the park just north of Dukes Head Passage.

Kensington Gardens

Scaup: still present on the Serpentine.

Cetti’s Warbler: the male is still present in Scrub on the western bank by Serpentine Bridge.

Richmond Park

Woodcock: 2 birds were in Pen Ponds Plantation.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

24th February

Bushy Park

I spent this morning working on improving the banks that were constructed last year around the edge of the Scrape. My aim is to attract either Kingfishers or Sand Martins. It was a cracking morning weather wise and the birds listed below only added to it.

Gadwall: I flushed a pair from the Scrape, they didn’t go far dropping down on to one of the pools.

Teal: a pair were feeding in one of the channels.

Water Rail: one was calling from wet scrub by the Longford River.

Common Snipe: one was on the Scrape until I flushed it, though it didn’t go very far. In fact it behaved more like a Jack Snipe, allowing me to get quite close (I couldn’t see it in the sedge) before taking off and dropping down a short distance away. Again I could exactly see where it was and was almost on top of it when it took off again. I stopped looking for it but bumped into it several times after that.

Kingfisher: a male landed on a reed stem and attempted to catch a fish in one of the channels.

Cetti’s Warbler: the male sang intermittently

Reed Bunting: 1 male and 2 females were present. 

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Monday, February 23, 2015

23rd February

Hyde Park

Scaup: 1st winter drake still on the Serpentine.

Grey Heron: 2 nests still.

crap light but I thought I would grab a few more shots as he could be gone soon. He was preening for quite sometime, so he might be getting itchy feet.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

22nd February

Regent’s Park

After over a month away being repaired, Nikon finally returned my camera and lens. It has been frustrating at times having to digiscope, though this method can have its plus’s. Todays clear frosty start was worth having an early breakfast and getting out into the park before the public and rain arrived. I had hoped for a large raptor to fly over, it is a little early so maybe in a week or two.

Grey Heron: At least 18 nests have been re-occupied or are in the process of being built. The first young can be heard and just about seen in the Ash tree at the eastern end of area 7.

Shoveler: 26 were on the bank of area 8.

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I could here young calling from this Ash but couldn’t see any until there was a change over at the nest. You can just about see the head of one of the chicks just to the left of the left leg.

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It became a little clearer after a while.

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The male grebe looks proud of himself having just seen off another grebe.

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I wonder where this bird was ringed?

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It wasn’t until she put her head up that it became obvious that she had a broken bill. It didn’t appear to hamper her ability to feed.

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