Friday, April 13, 2007

Friday 13th April

It was an overcast morning with a light easterly breeze and the temperature was still warm, between 7.35am and 9.50am.

A Chiff Chaff and a Blackcap sang from behind the Park & Ride as I arrived, another Chiff Chaff sang from the Wet Woodland. A Pheasant called from the old Dump. A Willow Warbler fed and sang from the Oaks at the edge of Jenner’s Bank. In the Long Hedge were 3 Woodpigeons, 2 Robins, 2 Great Tits, a Chaffinch and a Green Woodpecker, and a Swallow dashed over the top of the hedge, heading north. A Cormorant sat on ‘Cormorant’ Island.

A Chiff Chaff sang from the Marsh Alders, and 3 Treecreepers gave good views as they crept up the Willows. 2 Song Thrush and 3 Robins were the only birds in the East Hedge. A Pheasant called and a Chiff Chaff, and a Blackcap sang from Len Wood. 5 Grey Herons fished along the Len.

A scan of the Lake produced 6 Great Crested Grebes, and 8 Mute Swans, together with the usual Canada Geese, Mallard, Coots and Moorhens. There was a small group of 15 Black Headed Gulls and 4 Common Gulls also on the Lake, and a Lesser Black Backed Gull flew north.

The Little Owl gave good views perched in the Old Oak in ‘Mote House’ View throughout the visit.

A total of 5 Chiff Chaffs, 7 Blackcaps and 1 Willow Warbler were singing throughout the visit. There were still lots of fry visible in the Len by the ‘Kingfisher’ Bridge, and there seemed to be an increase in Rabbit numbers!

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