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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


    Pintail
    Lesser Black-backed Gull



7 comments:

Vince Murphy said...

Hi Tony,

Very nice photos of the Firecrests. I asked earlier about Whooper Swans in Regent's Park, and if they sometimes stop in, or if they are part of the collections. I saw two of them on Dec. 6, and I thought it was odd to see them.

glen mcdonal Writer said...

Great fire crest photos.....do you think the gull scavenged the gull?

glen mcdonal Writer said...

Great fire crest photos.....do you think the gull scavenged the gull?

Tony Duckett said...

Hi Vince.

The Whoopers are part of the collection and are therefore unable to fly. We used to have a group of 8 birds some of which bred but there young were taken away and swapped for other species of ducks or geese. In all my 30+ years in the park I have only ever seen a small flock of Bewick's fly over. There was a report of a Whooper flying over the park but my assistant saw that bird and it was a Mute.

Tony Duckett said...

Hi Glen.

I have a feeling that the LBB is catching the pigeons although I haven't seen it do that, yesterdays prey item was very fresh.

Anne Hagman-Niilola said...

Wow, cool pictures. Amazing birds!

Tony Duckett said...

Thanks Anne, they are one of the 4 gems that we get almost annually in Regent’s Pk. The others are Wood Warbler, Redstart and Pied Flycatcher.