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Saturday, January 30, 2016

A catch-up of the last few days.

Regent's Park

Firecrest: I joined the Regent's Park Wildlife Officer on his monthly bird survey of several areas of the park on 26th. We were lucky enough to encounter 3 Firecrest's, 2 in Queen Mary's Gardens and another in the Avenue Gardens.
Cetti's Warbler: the male was heard on 2 occasions in area 32 both just as it was getting light.
Chiffchaff: one sang briefly from area 32 on 26th.
Redwing: 12 flew west on 26th.
Water Rail: one has showed well in the Rail Ditch several times.

Here are a few recent photos.
 These Firecrest photos were taken on 25th

This Goldcrest was chased off by the Firecrest male.

 I was pleased earlier in the week to see a Heron land in a basket.

 Then today even better news, there was a pair present.

 The Great crested Grebe pair are back on last years nest by area 7.

 The Water Rail in area 2 showed well this morning.

The photos below were taken in Bushy Park on Friday.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

More photos of the jewels in Regent's Park

Regent's Park 23rd and 24th January

 I didn't have time to bird the park this weekend but did track down the Firecrests that turned along the eastern and southern boundaries of The Holme, area 10. Being familiar with their call helps track them down as they can be very vocal.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

2 little Stunners brighten up the day.

Kensington Gardens

This morning I had a meeting to discuss habitat improvements to the area bordering the Longwaters northern shore.

While there I had a couple of good birds:

Common Snipe: one was flushed from the reed bed nearest to The Italian Gardens.
Fieldfare: one was perched in a tree on Buck Hill.
Cetti's Warbler: the male was singing from the scrub where it resided last year.

Regent's Park

I returned to the park to be told that 1 probably 2 Firecrest's had shown well opposite the Rose Garden Cafe. I thought they would have moved on by now so didn't rush to go and look for them. I eventually got to the area of hedge that runs along the Inner Circle opposite the Rose Garden Restaurant shielding the large villa (The Holme). I wasn't long before I could here and then see first one but then 2 birds. The male showed very well but the female was feeding just behind the hedge. One of the gardeners whom I have met before allowed me to enter the grounds which is where I was able to take some of my photos.

Elsewhere in the park there was little change.

    Firecrest (male)

It was a good day for reflections unless you are a pigeon (see why later).

    Herring Gull

    Black-headed Gull

    Lesser Black-backed Gull