Thursday, 28 June 2012

Cassiobury Park - 28.6.12

Nothing more exciting than 2 juv Woodpigeons and a juv Carrion Crow begging for food today and 12+ Swifts over the car park.

Cassiobury Park - 26.6.12

The first returning Black-Headed Gulls were seen in the afternoon with 2 birds flying over the paddling pools.

Monday, 25 June 2012

Cassiobury Park - 25.6.12

Well just 6 months to Christmas! The only bird of note today was a Buzzard that flew over being mobbed by gulls.


Late morning and I was sat reading the paper when I recieved a call from Tony Blake saying he had just found a Spotted Sandpiper at Hilfield and was I nearby to come have a look! 15 minutes later and I was watching the bird but frustratingly it was fairly distant and facing away so all I could see was a Common Sandpiper looking bird but with paler upperparts before it started chucking it down with rain and the bird dropped onto the bank and out of view. A few minutes later it popped back on top of the damn but shot round to the other side of the bridge. A couple of other key holders arrived and slowly we walked up to the bridge and viewed from there. Another few minutes wait and the finder saw it fly to the SW corner of the reservoir and the rest of us watched it there for just under 5 minutes noting even at that distance the obvious orange bill. Then without warning it flew off low over the water eastwards. Whilst flying I noted the white wing bar was restricted and finished short of the inner wing (an ID feature for Spotted Sandpiper). It was lost to view near the East bank and as of yet hasn't been seen again.

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Cassiobury Park - 22.6.12

A Cormorant flew over mid morning and a juv Magpie was being fed by its parents by the paddling pools.

Cassiobury Park - 21.6.12

2 LBB Gulls flew over and a male Bullfinch was near the meadow. A Collared Dove on the ground by the mini railway was an unusual sight.

Cassiobury Park - 20.6.12

Singing Chiffchaffs were now up to 3 birds with the original 2 still in the nature reserve and another was at the far East end of the park. A Sparrowhawk flew over being mobbed by crows and 2 Bullfinches were in the woods near the fishing lake.

Cassiobury Park - 18.6.12

2 Singing Chiffchaffs were in the nature reseve and a Grey Wagtail was on the river near the Gade Avenue entrance.

Monday, 18 June 2012

Little Bittern Again - 17.6.12

Sticking Her Tounge Out At Us!

A Red Kite was near Kings Langley and another was seen over Stocker's Lake. A Cetti's Warbler was heard on the causeway. An Egyptian Goose was seen from the Tern hide and I saw my first ever Little Egret on a nest aswell. But it was the show stealing Little Bittern that was the highlight of the day. As you can seee from the photos it did show well at times!

Cassiobury Park - 15.6.12

A male Bullfinch was seen on the journey into work and whilst at work a Sparrowhawk flew through and a Cormorant flew over.

Cassiobury Park - 14.6.12

The only bird of note today was a Little Egret that flew from the river and headed SE. This is the first summer record for the park.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

LITTLE BITTERN!!! - 13.6.12

After hearing the belated news and seeing the belated photos of a Little Bittern at Stockers Lake on Sunday most Herts birders were left thinking what if. So imagine the amazement when news broke that it had been refound by Tyttenhanger regular Steve Blake. Annoyingly for me I was sat in the Drs for 50 agonising minutes before I headed over with a pounding migraine! (I thought some fresh air would do me good!). I arrived on site to learn it had just flown round the back of the island on the river. A nervous wait finally paid dividends when it flew out and spent ages fishing just the other side of the river. At one point it caught a perch and spent a long time trying to swallow it without the spines sticking in it's throat! Annoyingly I'd left my camera at home so used my phone to take my pics.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Tyttenhanger GP's - 5.6.12

An afternoon stroll around Tyttenhanger saw my first Liitle Ringed Plover of the year added to the list aswell as 3 Buzzard, 6+ Common Tern and a female Kestrel.

700th post!!

Who'd have thought that when I started this blog back in 2009 that it would still be going and having 700 posts?!

Anyway in the park today (30th May) 2 brrods of Canada Geese were seen on the river by the fishing pit. 1 brood had 3 juvs and the other had 5 and were all together with their parents. A Grey Wagtail on the cress beds was a rare sighting this year and a Treecreeper was near the mini railway.

Cassiobury Park - 29.5.12

The only bird of note today was a Red Kite flying over the fun fair presumably looking for any scraps of food before heading off South.