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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

April went out with a whimper

Regent's Park 25th to 30th 

The weather patterns for bringing migrants into the park didn't improve in the last week of April. There were reports of a couple of Common Whitethroats, neither stayed. The odd House Martin passed through but those from our nearby dwindling colonies hadn't arrived, 2 turned up on 2nd May. Great crested  and Little Grebe's are finding it hard to find a suitable nest site, the former that were nesting by the Bandstand Island have lost their eggs, boat users or coots the most likely candidates for the loss.

Below are a few images for this period

Heron Nest 2 

3 Baskets on area 9, Heron Island have been used this year  
 Grey Wagtail

 White Wagtail
 Pied Wagtail

 Northern Wheatear (Greenland Race)

Sedge Warbler 
Reed Warbler 
Song Thrush fledgling 

 Gadwall are already going into eclipse plumage

May 2nd

A beautiful day but hardly a migrant was seen.
2 Sand Martins, 2 House Martins, 2 Swallows, 1m Common Redstart.

 Heron Nest 1

 You can see the damage the chicks do to their parents bills 

 Heron Nest 2

 Landing in a Canada Goose's territory is not a good idea

 The first Mandarin ducklings of the year

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