Archive for March 27, 2015

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A couple of hours between meetings in Central London gave me time for a visit to Regents Park to see if I could catch up with any of the spring migrants that have just began arriving in the UK.

As I entered the park I was greeted by 3 Grey Herons standing guard near the path.

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The nearest of these was only a foot or so from the path and watched unmoving as the world went past. Some people decided to engage him in a eye-ball to eye-ball staring match which given the beak on these birds I considered very brave. For information the heron won every time.

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There was much evidence of the oncoming spring with much fighting and quarrelling between pairs and nest-building.The herons are already well on in their breeding as witnessed by 4 young birds on 2 nests in the heronry.

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Pairs of Coot where busy building nests in various places around the lake.#

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I was surprised by 2 Barnacle Geese near the bandstand with the Canada and Greylag Geese. It is unlikely that these are wild-birds as is the case with the male Ruddy Duck seen on the lake. They probably originated from a bird collection somewhere.There were 2 last winter with the Greylags at Hyde Park and these may be the same birds.

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In the enclosure at the head of the lake I located a male Blackcap (1st for the year) and a Chiffchaff, probably both migrants. It is difficult to be sure these days since with the warmer winters many members of these two species are now spending the winter in the UK instead of migrating south in the autumn.

Blackcap
Blackcap
Photo by Sergey Yeliseev (https://www.flickr.com/photos/yeliseev/)

Mosquiter íberic - Mosquitero ibérico - Chifchaff - Phylloscopus ibericus
Chifchaff
Photo by Ferran Pestana (https://www.flickr.com/photos/ferranp/)

A very pleasant couple of hours

Great Crested Grebe

Great Crested Grebe

Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
*Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis)
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca)
*Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata)
Gadwall (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
*Ruddy Duck [sp] (Oxyura jamaicensis)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
European Herring Gull [sp] (Larus argentatus)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Common Chiffchaff [sp] (Phylloscopus collybita)
Eurasian Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Eurasian Wren [sp] (Troglodytes troglodytes)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)
Dunnock [sp] (Prunella modularis)
Common Chaffinch [sp] (Fringilla coelebs)

*unknown origin