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Friday, May 03, 2019

Regent's Park at the end of April and the start of May

Regent's Park 24th April to 3rd May

These last 9 days have continued in the same vain with the winds either from the south west or from a northerly sector. We can usually rely on the odd Willow Warbler and certainly at least a dozen Chiffchaffs stopping off on route to their favoured UK woodland. We missed the Meadow Pipit passage and we have only had a handful of single Yellow Wagtails and only 3 Wheatears. This is all very sad, the bad weather in southern Europe moved off a while ago so you would have thought birds would have been eager to head north. Maybe the light winds have helped them, why stop if the going is good.

Below are some of the recent park visitors and a short clip of some recent habitat improvements.

We normally have several days where we have lots of sun with high patchy cloud. Days like this are ideal for large raptors to move, this spring we had a day in March and the last day of April looked ideal but the only raptors seen were 10 single Common Buzzards, a couple of high Peregrine Falcons, no doubt local birds.

Even though we have had a lack of rain the Song Thrushes and Mistle Thrushes have been able to find worms for their young.

I have seen Little Egrets flying over the park but this was the first time that I had seen one on the deck. Once we had spotted it the bird was only on show for 4 minutes before it took flight and headed off to the north west.  

Sparrowhawks have been spotted at some really high altitudes, whether they are Londoners or passage birds who knows?

At the moment we have 7 singing male Reed Warblers present.

This Common Whitethroat is in area 39 and has been performing his display flights for all to see. There is another male in the Chat Bushes but he's only recently arrived and as yet has not performed a display flight.

This Lesser Whitethroat was only present on the 2nd in area 39.

The sound of Blackcaps singing can be heard from most suitable areas of the park.

We have had Olympic Aquatic Engineering in constructing 2 reed beds, we hope to plant them in the next month or two. 

Looking at the reed bed on the south eastern shore of Heron Island from the main land you think it is very small but up close it is much larger.

The other reed bed is an extension to the small one just west of Long Bridge in area 36, this year it has played host to Cetti's, Sedge and now a  Reed Warbler.

The last photo show Trust for Conservation Volunteers planting some gores in the middle of the Open Spaces.

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