Sunday, April 29, 2007

Sunday 29th April

This mornings walk was between 8.30am and 10.05am, the sky was rather overcast and there was a coldness in the air.

I started the walk in the hope of catching up with the Nightingale along Laurel Walk, who could be heard singing for most of yesterday, however, he must have moved on as his call or spectacular song could not be heard. Although the Nightingale was not present, there was an increase in singing Blackcaps; in fact there were 8, which is double the amount that were singing in this area of the Park yesterday. A Chiff Chaff sang from behind the Park & Ride and another sang from the Wet Woodland, a Grey Heron called, and flew south over Jenner’s Bank.

In the area in front of Mote House, a Willow Warbler sang from one of the Oaks and there were several pairs of Mistle Thrush hopping around on the short grass. Of note in the ’Long Hedge’ were 1 Blackcap and 1 Chiff Chaff, both singing, and a Great Spotted Woodpecker drummed from one of the Oaks.

A scan of the Lake produced 8 Great Crested Grebes – including the 4 on the usual island, and there was only 4 Mute Swans, together with the usual Canada Geese, Mallard, Coots and Moorhens. There were a few Black Headed Gulls flying above the water, and an immature Lesser Black-backed Gull flew north. The Reed Warbler and the male Reed Bunting were still singing from the Lake’s western edge.

A Cormorant sat on ‘Cormorant Island’, next to the Weir, whilst another flew high above the Lake. 2 Reed Warblers sang whole heartidly from within the Marsh. A Chiff Chaff and a Blackcap sang from the Hedge next to the Spring, and of note in the ‘Scrub’ were 7 Whitethroats, and a calling Pheasant. A Chiff Chaff sang and another called from the Hedge east of the Meadow, and the first Hawthorn buds were in flower.

A Pheasant and a Green Woodpecker called, and a Whitethroat sang from the Meadow next to the Old Bothy, whilst a Chiff Chaff sang from ‘Len Wood’.

A total of 6 Chiff Chaffs, 16 Blackcaps, 3 Reed Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, and 8 Whitethroats were singing throughout the visit.

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