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Monday, November 30, 2015

30th November

Regent's Park

Common Shelduck: one flew out of the Longbridge Sanctuary.
European Wigeon: 2 birds also flew out of  the Longbridge Sanctuary this afternoon.
Water Rail: 2 birds in the Rail Ditch in area 2. Last year was the first year since 2005 that no birds wintered. The feeding station that the birds took too was put out this morning and will hopefully be used by these birds.
Redwing: 10 flew west.
Chiffchaff: one was in scrub by the Rail Ditch.

The Rail Ditched is viewed from the railings on the northern side of Hanover Bridge.


 
The feeding station is at the far end of the channel to allow the birds to 
feed relatively undisturbed. Today one bird was feeding at the end nearest to the bridge.
  
These photos show birds that wintered in the past but hopefully this years 
birds will like what Regent's Park has to offer.


Sunday, November 22, 2015

Regent's Park 22nd November

Regent's Park 22nd November

Great crested Grebe: 2 on the main lake.
Little Grebe: 4 birds on the main lake.
Northern Shoveler: 22 on the main lake.
Red crested Pochard: 26 on the main lake.
Sparrowhawk: a male was hunting through area 41 and another bird flew high east.
Fieldfare: 16 flew north west at 9.10am.
Redwing: 16 around the park, some feeding on Ivy berries in area 41.
Grey Wagtail: at least one bird in the park.
Chiffchaff: 2 singles in area 10 & 41.
Goldcrest: numbers seem to have dropped since the temperature began to drop.
Firecrest: at least the female is still present in area 41, the male could still be present.
Siskin: 2 singles over area 41.

    Great crested Grebe

    Grey Heron

    Red crested Pochard
    Eurasian Sparrowhawk


    Grey Wagtail

    Firecrest female 


    Balancing Black-headed Gulls

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Regent's Park

Regent's Park 18th November 

After yesterdays rain and strong winds had died down today dawned with clear skies and blustery winds. The winds direction had veered to the NW not the best direction and so it proved with very little in the way of birds passing overhead. There were however a couple of birds to report on;

Redwing: birds were feeding on berries in some of the shrubberies but moved on before 9.00am.
Cetti's Warbler: the bird is still present and sometimes very vocal as it moves around the north eastern end of the lake and area 32.
Chiffchaff: one by Longbridge area 35.
Firecrest: one was reported as showing in the Holme Oak just inside area 41, by the time we got there it had moved further north and into some ivy covered trees. It was quite elusive and only gave a couple of brief views, later in the day we went back to an area that was bathed in bright sunshine but blustery winds. It wasn't long before not one but two birds (a pair) showed very well, the male was the bird that was ringed in early November. It was very difficult to get a photo as they were in among the branches or the ivy that was covering these trees.
Siskin: a couple of singles flew over.
Lesser Redpoll: two singles flew over area 41.



    Firecrest


    Firecrest and Goldcrest


Sunday, November 01, 2015

Cornwall 24th to 31st October

Cornwall October 2015

My wife and I have just returned from another autumn half term down in the far west of Cornwall. we stayed in http://www.loganrockholidays.com/self-catering/gwennel-barn which, for a couple, is a great place in a great location. The link as well as the photos I took during our stay will show you what a great part of the UK this area is. We were lucky weather wise with rain on Monday and intermittent low cloud on our last day. 

On the bird front it was slightly quiet, with the exception of good numbers of Firecrest at every location I and other birders visited. I didn't go looking for the rarer visitors that were found Ring-billed Gull, Hudsonian Whimbrel, Barred Warbler and Serin. I tend to use Lands End as my local patch and go there most mornings weather permitting. This did mean that I saw the very tame juvenile Rose-coloured Starling several times but also got lucky with a very vocal Olive-backed Pipit that while trying to pinpoint its exact location only managed a brief view of it on the ground along a narrow track before it then flew into an overgrown field with no public access. It did show briefly but distantly two more times before flying over into the grounds of Swingate's (last house before Lands End). 

I always look forward to spending time sea watching but the condition meant that very little was on the move apart from a couple of days when large numbers of Gannets, Kittiwakes and auks flew past Pendeen light house. I did manage to pick out 6 Balearic Shearwaters, 1 Manx Shearwater, 2 Great Skuas and 1 Arctic Skua.

Below are some of the birds seen and places visited.  


    Rose-coloured Starling at Lands End





    Black Redstart (male) Lands End




    Black Redstart (female) Lands End





    Stonechat 






    Common Kestrel after a wet start to the day


    Common Buzzard

    Short-eared Owl looking for cover at Lands End







   Chough







    I saw a flock of at least 32 birds at Lands End


    Raven




    Purple Sandpiper




    Turnstone

    Oystercatcher

    Curlew

    Raven


    Firecrest

    Goldfinch

    Grey Wagtail

    Hedge Sparrow

    Chaffinch

    Wren


    Mediterranean Gull

    Great Black-backed Gull with a Pipefish



    Stoat and a Rabbit near Lands End





    Porthcurno



    Porthcurno Beach looking towards the Minack Theatre


    Botallack Mine

    Levant Mine


    Zennor Valley and the house with a great view


    Looking towards the Isles of Scilly's from Carn Gloose.


    Cattle passing our cottage on their way to be milked.

    St Michael's Mount



    Sunrise on our way home yesterday