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Sunday, September 13, 2015

13th September

In Regent’s Park today I spent a couple of hours around what is now “The Chat Enclosure” area 39. This area was developed in early 2011 after the lease on the Tennis and Golf Practice area that occupied this area was not renewed. It has taken a several years but we have decided that as the star birds in this area are members of the chat family, the enclosure should be named after them. Below a couple of photos show how quickly the site has matured.

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These 2 photos show the change in appearance of the south-west corner of the Chat Enclosure.

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This area was very productive this morning with:

Common Redstart, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Common Whitethroats, 15+ Blackcaps, 2 Willow Warblers, 10+ Chiffchaffs, Spotted Flycatcher and some passage Swallows overhead.

This afternoon in area 41, another Redstart showed occasionally in the Sallows behind the brambles. Also here were a few Chiffchaffs, 3 Common Whitethroats and 12 Blackcaps.

In the Longbridge Sanctuary this afternoon a pair of Wigeon flew out on to the main lake. They may have been present yesterday also.

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Distant Lesser Whitethroat

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A shy Willow Warbler, both birds in the enclosure stayed partially hidden.

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11th September

Regent’s Park

Pied Flycatchers are almost annual but numbers of birds passing through has dropped.

Below are a few photos I took while looking for migrants on what was quite a quiet day in the park.

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

10th September

Richmond Park

I had a couple of meetings to attend in the park this morning one with a member of the bird group. For this reason I was over at Pen Ponds with the mist yet to be burned off. As I drove along the track from the causeway towards Pen Ponds Plantation I scanned the corner of the pond looking for waders. There were none visible but then a call that I was unfamiliar and glimpse of  a wader sideways on flying across the lake. I was half expecting it to be a Green Sandpiper but that call I here frequently in Norfolk at this time of the year. This birds upper parts were not dark enough and it had barring on the tail and lacked an obvious white rump. Grabbing my binoculars I jumped out of the car and tried to pick it up, the mist over the water made this impossible and I couldn’t scan all of the banks of Pen Ponds where it may have settled. As I scanned a Snipe called and flew in the opposite direction. I had a good idea but as the views and the mist made it difficult to see the birds clearly I didn’t put the news out as I wanted to wait until I got home and listened to the calls of sandpipers. I new what I thought the bird was but needed to hear their flight call. My thoughts were so clarified when I heard the call of the Wood Sandpiper. Once the mist had lifted which was within 10 minutes I was able to checkout the whole shoreline.

News:

Wood Sandpiper: one flew away from Pen Ponds at 6.55am.

Common Snipe: one flew north at 6.57am.

Water Rail: several birds were calling from the Pen Ponds reed bed.

Sandwhich Tern. 2 birds flew in from the north at 7.08am and landed on the fish refuge by the tern rafts. A couple of the regular park birders were able to enjoy the birds before they headed back northwards at 8.20am.

Kingfisher: a female shot past me on Upper Pen Ponds.

Swallow: 30+ flew north at 7.25am.

Whinchat: at least 4 birds were in the bracken on Lawnfield.

Stonechat: 3 in the same area.

Sedge Warbler: 3 were reported in the same area.

Chiffchaff: 3 in the bracken.

C. Whitethroat: 2 present also.

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The sun peeps over the ridge.

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The terns stayed put until some old deer decided to take a swim.

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Tuesday, September 08, 2015

8th September

Bushy Park

Kingfisher: one perched by Roaring Arch.

Tree Pipit: one just north of Heron Pond at 7.45am.

Meadow Pipit. 2 in the Skylark Zone.

Whinchat: one quite mobile south of Upper Lodge Road car park due to public pressure.

Cetti’s Warbler: 2 males singing by the Longford River just north of Dukes Head Passage.

Common Whitethroat: 2 birds in Bracken south of Upper Lodge Road. 

Chiffchaff: 8 birds near Hawthorn Cottage.

Siskin: 4 flew west.

Reed Bunting: 8 birds present.

Regent’s Park

Common Redstart: 2 males in the Old Golf & Tennis School Enclosure, area 39.

Common Whitethroat: 2 in area 39.

Blackcap: 6 present.

Siskin: 6 flew north over area 39.

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My first 2 brief views were short and I didn’t realise there were 2 present. I was just grateful that both birds showed well for me.

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Monday, September 07, 2015

7th September

Regent’s Park

Common Buzzard: 8+ flew through, 6 in one group.

Yellow Wagtail: one flew west.

Grey Wagtail: 4 singles headed south.

Swallow: a steady passage was noted involving over 250+ birds before it clouded over just after lunch.

Sand Martin: 6 flew south with a party of Swallows.

House Martin: 24 flew SW in one flock.

Common Redstart: a female was in area 39.

Common Whitethroat: 2 singles in area 36 and 39.

Chiffchaff: 13 scattered around the key areas.

Willow Warbler: one was singing in area 32.

Siskin: 12 flew through in small groups.

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