Apologies for the lack of news for the last 13 days or so! If you carry on down you can catch up on my sightings. But this may well be my last post for another 2 weeks as i'm off on my hols to USA and Canada but if I can update from there I will try.
A single Swift flew north over at 8am and a Willow Warbler sung near the mini railway before heading into the woods to join a singing Chiffchaff. A family party of Treecreeper were by the picnic tables/mini railway and 4 Herring Gull (2 juv) flew over towards the town centre. A Pied Wagtail flew over the paddling pools and a Buzzard was distant over the meadow.
No birds were noted today but instead the highlight of the day happened just after lunch when the Prime Minister David Cameron, Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton turned up to have a look at the Sky Ride event that was happening!
While measuring out the football pitch adjacent to the car park first thing a Willow Warbler started singing from behind the houses by the car park entrance showing that autumn migration was underway. This was followed by a single Crossbill that flew NW over the meadow. A Coal Tit was heard later in the day near the mini railway. After work myself and Carey walked round to the pub in Chipperfield and once again I heard the Firecrest singing from the usual gardens on King's Lane.
A Sparrowhawk flew over the toilet block mid morning but just after lunch while cutting the tennis courts a Hobby flew west and was the first in the park this year. After work 5 LBB Gulls flew over North Watford 3 of which were fresh juveniles uttering their begging calls.
As the reserve was having an open day I headed over with Tom and my mum. I bumped into Steve Carter in the clubhouse and he said that the Marsh Harrier was still present but it wasn't seen by me. A Kingfisher was a nice surprise and from the Lynster's hide an Egyptian Goose and a Bar-HeadedGoose were seen. I also had a probable Garganey from Teal hide that flew past showing two very broad white wing bars with a plain speculum so hopefully someone can pin it down.
An afternoon wander around the lake in St.Alban's with Carey, Tom and my mum was very pleasant and only interrupted by a visit to the Waffle House for a spot of lunch where 2 tables away was The BBC's One Show's historian Ruth Goodman! On the water were 155 Canada Goose and 3 broods of Tufted Duck and a single brood of Pochard (6 juvs). A Red Kite also flew over.
2 days into August and the Mistle Thrushes have started their post breeding flock again with 9 together near the car park. A Bullfinch was again heard by the mini railway and a Sparrowhawk flew over just as I was leaving for home. Another Sparrowhawk was seen by the Hunton Bridge roundabout on the way home and finally a Bullfinch was heard calling from the garden.
A Red Kite flew over the Gade Avenue entrance to the park near the fishing lake and soon after I bumped into some of the Watford RSPB group who reported nothing of interest birdwise but a Pipistrelle Bat that was flying around over the lake in broad daylight!
The only noteworthy birds seen in the miserable weather was 4 fully grown juvenile Mandarins by the rustic bridge then above the waterfall. This is the first time in the 4-5 years they have bred in the park that I've managed to see any of the young.
Born and bred in Watford,Herts, I started birding when I was just 8 years old because the old next door neighbours garden was very overgrown and attracted birds to his and our gardens! I first went to the Watford RSPB group at 15 and then I joined the Herts Bird Club in the same year. I was on the Herts Bird Club committee for 3 years. I started twitching in September 2001 after i'd bought my RBA pager and within a week of owning it i'd added Red-Necked Stint and American Green Heron! I keep 2 main lists which can be seen above.