Friday, May 18, 2007

Friday 18th May

My visit between 6am and 7.35am was bathed in sunshine, making it a gorgeous morning, which is a welcome change from the weather from past few days. There was a slight westerly wind blowing, but the temperature remained warm.

A total of 10 Blackcaps, 6 Chiff Chaffs, 8 Reed Warblers, 1 Willow Warbler, and 13 Whitethroats were singing throughout my visit. Unfortunately no Nightingale was heard, so he must have departed.

A scan of the Lake produced only 1 pair of Great Crested Grebes and 2 Grey Herons fished from the Lakes western edge, there was also the usual Canada Geese - with 1 pair having 7 goslings - Mallards, Coots and Moorhens. There were several Black Headed Gulls and a few Common Gulls flying above the water, and 1 Cormorant was perched on the island next to the Weir.

3 Pheasants called from the Meadows, 1 male Bullfinch was in an Ash at the bottom of Jenner’s Bank, a Swallow flew west, 1 Cuckoo called, a pair of Linnet was in the ‘Scrub’, and a Nuthatch called from the Downswood entrance – the first since 3rd April.

1 comment:

Adam said...

Hi Simon

You asked about Ospreys in the Loose Valley - sorry it's taken so long to get back in touch. I heard about it on KOSnet, the webbased discussion group of the Kent Ornithological Society. I think the information may have also been available on BirdGuides website.

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