Friday, April 06, 2007

Good Friday 6th April

It was a sunny, chilly and frosty morning with the temperature warming up gradually between 7.05am and 8.10am. A Virgin hot-air balloon took off from the Playing Fields as I approached the Lake.

2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers chased each other around one of the Larches along Laurel Walk. A Chiff Chaff sang from behind the Park & Ride, and another sang from the Wet Woodland. A Cormorant flew onto the Lake. A Chiff Chaff sang from the Marsh Alders. In the Scrub were a cock and a hen Pheasant, a Jay, a female Kestrel, 2 Woodpigeon, 1 Green Woodpecker, a Blackbird and surprisingly, a pair of Mallard. A drake Mallard was in the Meadow, plus 3 Linnets which on my arrival flew east. In the East Hedge were 3 Blue Tits, 3 Robins, 1 Dunnock and 1 Green Woodpecker. A Pheasant called and a Great Spotted Woodpecker drummed from Len Wood.

A scan of the Lake produced 5 Great Crested Grebes, a pair of Tufted Duck, and 8 Mute Swans, together with the usual Canada Geese, Mallard, Coots and Moorhens. There was a flock of Black Headed Gulls and Common Gulls also on the Lake. A flock of 7 Herring Gulls flew east.

A total of 4 Chiff Chaffs were singing throughout the visit. 3 Blackcaps were also singing. There were still lots of fry in the Len by the ‘Kingfisher’ Bridge.

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