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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Regent's Park 1st to 17th August

Regent's Park 1st to 17th September.

Below is a pictorial showing some of the bird and wildlife highlights observed in the park so far this month.



    It has been a good autumn for viewing Lesser Whitethroats, numbers may not be high but birds
    staid at locations for several days. The Chat Enclosure being the best site to see them.


    One of 2 Tawny Owls roosting just inside the grounds of the American Ambassador untl
    unnecessary tree work forced them to move. 


    Pied Flycatcher




    Common Tern



    Yellow Wagtails



    Chiffchaffs vary so much in the autumn




    Blue Tit bathing on a leaf 


    Common Whitethroat




    Common Buzzard: there hasn't been much of a bird of prey passage this autumn.




    Spotted Flycatcher



   Lesser Whitethroat








   There was a small westerly movement of 55 Starlings prior to 9.30am on 13/9


   Small Copper


   Small White


   Common Blue


   Painted Lady


   Hairy shieldbug nymph


    Crab spider


    Wasp spider




    Common Darter 


   Southern Hawker



    Hornets entering nest





Monday, September 10, 2018

Regent's Park 17th to 31st August


Regent's Park mid August to the months end.

After what had been a lively start to the month the bread and butter migrants, by that I mean Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap and Common Whitethroat, their numbers were much much lower than previous years. With numbers being below 10 on most dates after the 14th. We are still waiting for Wheatear numbers to increase the total of 2 singles that have been seen but failed to stay. On the plus side it has been an exceptional month for Spotted Flycatcher with birds recorded almost daily and peaking at 9 towards the months end, most were seen in area 39 and 41. They were accompanied by 3 Pied Flycatchers. At least 5 Common Redstarts were recorded in the last half of the month along with 5 Whinchats. Lesser Whitethroats have been that abundant but 1 or 2 birds have been showing well in the Chat Enclosure, area 39. There wasn't much of a Swallow movement but if they chose to move on those still, warm sunny days they would probably have been flying at high altitudes. 

Below is a pictorial of some of the birds I did manage to connect with.






   Spotted Flycatcher feeding on a damselfly















   You cant beat  a fresh plumaged Lesser Whitethroat in autumn.




   Whinchat in the Triangle Pen






   Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler numbers have been very disappointing.







   DJ and I bumped into an elderly farther and son? who asked us what we had seen as we wearing 
   binoculars. We replied that it was very quiet to which the son said "not over there". We asked what
   he meant? To which he replied "there are Wrynecks over there, they breed in the park". We laughed,
   DJ said "how big are they?" He indicated with his hand about a foot, to which we laughed and said 
   they are Mistle Thrushes. No matter what we said we couldn't convince them. They even said they
   breed in Gunners Park in Essex where they have a board with their photo on. I said they have a 
   probably because they have been seen there but they certainly don't breed there. His identification 
   made us laugh as much as birder from Euston who has amazing eyesight and can ID waders flying 
   over rooftops a mile or more away without a telescope. 


   When Magpies arrive at the bird bath in area 39, everything else vanishes.




   Sparrowhawk





   In recent years unbeknown to me the fish in the lake must have had some years well the bred well.
   I say that because there is an exceptionally high (for the park) number of Cormorants hanging 
   around feeding mainly in the open area of the lake. They depart when the first rowing boats go out.