With a cool, no cold wind blowing from the east before moving around to the north at the end of the week, we weren't expecting masses of birds. We were right numbers of migrants were low and took a lot of looking for. There were 12 Swalllow's, 6 Willow Warblers and a Sedge Warbler on Monday 19th after that things were slow. We had high expectations as good numbers of birds were being seen on the south coast and at bird observatories around the country. Today a sign that things were changing, was the sighting of 4 Sedge Warbler's around the reed beds in areas 2 and 5. There was a trickle of Swallows headed north, keeping low as the flew into a head wind. Then a couple of Lesser Whitethroat's in areas 19 & 39 were followed by 4 Common Whitethroat's in area 39 & 40. The morning and the days highlights ended when a I glimpsed a male Common Redstart fly from area 39 to area 41. I couldn't relocate it and the throbbing sound of 3 Helicopters leaving the American Ambassadors residence didn't help. However it had moved back to area 39 and was found by a diligent birder.
Below are some of my photographic highlights taken this week.
This Mistle Thrush was feeding young but where.
This Chiffchaff was collecting nesting material.
A dress rehearsal for the forthcoming arrival of the President of the USA scared the living daylights out of this gull.
The Sedge Warbler in area 5 is becoming more and more vocal, hopefully this means he is hoping to stay.
Are this is where the nest is!
Blackcap's are in good voice around the park.
Not a bat but a displaying Sedge Warbler
The male Kestrel is puffed up trying to keep warm on a chilly day, while the female shelters in the nest box
This male Firecrest was in good voice but also very mobile by the wooded bridge behind Regent's College
One of 3 males in area 2 on Friday
Someone goes joy riding