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Saturday, April 16, 2016

The last 5 days in Regent's Park

Regent's Park, the last 6 days.

Monday
Red Kite: 3 birds drifted southwards around 11.30am 12th,

Tuesday
This was a very good day in the park.
Tree Pipit: one landed briefly on a tree by area 39.
Northern Wheatear:  five birds were on the cricket squares area 37 for most of the day.
Common Redstart: 2 males were in the Chat Enclosure, area 39 and a female was on the eastern side of the shrubbery by Ready Money Fountain, area 28.
Lesser Whitethroat: one was also in the shrubbery east of the Ready Money Fountain, area 28.

Wednesday
Sedge Warbler: one was singing from the reed bed in area 5 and was still present 16th.
Northern Wheatear: a female was on the sports pitches in area 24.
Common Buzzard: one headed south east.
Brambling: this was a great and surprising find by 2 birders taking an evening stroll. The bird was feeding on insects in a couple of small trees in area 36. 

Thursday
Red Kite: one headed NW at 12.00pm.
Common Buzzard: a steady passage from 12.00am until a heavy shower at 3.00pm saw at least 18 heading in a southerly direction.
Northern Wheatear: a female was on area 37 throughout the morning.
Swallow: 6 headed north in one's and two's.

Friday
Yellow Wagtail; 3 flew north.

Saturday
Pied Flycatcher: at 1.30pm persistence paid off for one birder who was convinced there was a male somewhere in the park. This bird was commuting between the southern end of the Chat Enclosure and the trees and scrub on the outside of area 41. If you stand on the now resting rugby pitch (short grass) you can get good views if the bird hangs around. 
Firecrest: a male was on the Outer Circle behind the Open Air Theatre at 8.00am.

There are also good numbers of common migrants Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps present with a handful of Willow Warblers. 

    How stunning are these birds?








    These photos of the female Redstart and Tree Pipit were taken by Dante Shepherd. He has         birded the park almost daily over the past 2 weeks, finding some great birds.


















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