Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Tuesday 3rd April

It was an overcast, chilly morning between 7.15am and 8.45; the Sun did peep out but did not make much difference to the temperature. A Chiff Chaff sang from behind the Park & Ride. A Chiff Chaff flitted about amongst the tulips in the Mote Cottage Garden, and another sang from the Wet Woodland and another sang from the Long Hedge. A Great Spotted Woodpecker drummed on the large Oak next to the Weir. As I approached the Weir 4 small birds flew into a small Hawthorn just next to it. Looking through my ‘bins’ I saw that there was 1 Blue Tit, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Chiff Chaff and male Reed Bunting. A Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Blackbirds and a small flock of Goldfinches were in the Scrub. A Pheasant called from Len Wood and another called from the area by the Old Brothy. A Kingfisher fished along the Len.

A quick scan of the Lake showed at least 4 Mute Swans and 7 Great Crested Grebes, together with the Canada Geese, Mallard, Coots and Moorhens. There was a large flock of Black Headed Gulls and Common Gulls on the Lake. A female Kestrel perched in an Oak in Mote House ‘View’. A Nuthatch called from an Oak on Jenner’s Bank.

A total of 8 Chiff Chaffs were seen on the visit, plus the local Song Thrushes and Mistle Thrushes seemed very active. There were lots of fry in the Len by the ‘Kingfisher’ Bridge.

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