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 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!