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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

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

28th April

Regent’s Park

Common Shelduck: the pair are hanging out on the bank in area 38 and still have all 9 ducklings. On one occasion during the morning he pursued a Heron high above the lake.

Common Sandpiper: yesterdays bird is still present spending much of the time on Heron Island, area 8.

House Martin: 2 birds were over the lake mid morning.

Sedge Warbler: 3 singing males in or near the reed beds in areas 1 Hanover Bridges and area 5 the Boat House reed bed. Normally birds on migration are found in shrubberies away from the water bodies.

Reed Warbler: one in the Hanover reed bed, area 1.

Lesser Whitethroat: one singing in area 17.

Willow Warbler: one singing from a Willow tree by Long Bridge, area 38.

Linnet: 4 birds headed north mid-morning.

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This duck made the hazardous crossing of the lake at 6.30am with her brood of 17 ducklings, fortunately the large gulls hadn’t yet arrived on the lake.

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The male arrives to take over nest duties while the female goes off in search of food.

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These drakes take the opportunity to preen on the grass by the bandstand without fear of being disturbed by sun  worshippers.

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This is part of a flock of 8 drakes that I picked up a long way to the north of the park and at a very high altitude. It always surprises me that there are so few reports of birds north of the park. We have as many as 50 wintering birds but most depart in late winter.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

27th April

Richmond Park

I checked on the Common Terns on Pen Ponds this morning, there were 3 pairs holding on to a nest site each. Also present was a Common Sandpiper which may have been the bird that I saw on Friday. There was a distinct lake of migrants, although I did hear Sedge Warbler and Common Whitethroat singing from the anglers enclosure.

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A Black-headed Gull gave this pair of terns a hard time until eventually the male tern chased him off. Gulls are increasing using tern rafts which is bad news.

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Regent’s Park

Not much to report except the presence of a Wood Warbler in or close to area 43. It was heard late yesterday and when looked for this morning was heard to call once but could not be located.

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