Saturday, May 19, 2007

Saturday 19th May

What a lovely morning to be out in the Park. The Sun’s out, there is a gentle westerly wind blowing, and spring is in full flow.

My visit between 8am and 9.20am turned up a total of 6 Blackcaps, 6 Chiff Chaffs, 8 Reed Warblers, 1 Willow Warbler, and 14 Whitethroats singing throughout my visit.

A scan of the Lake produced a pair of Mute Swans, and 4 Great Crested Grebes, together with the usual Canada Geese, Mallard, Coots and Moorhens. There were several Black Headed Gulls and a few Common Gulls flying above the water, a Cormorant sat on the island next to the Weir, whilst another 2 sat on the Boating Ramp, a Lesser Black-backed Gull flew east, as did 3 Mute Swans, which took off from the Lake.

1 Pheasant called from the Meadow, and another from the wood along Len, a pair of Bullfinch were heard calling to each other by the Downswood entrance, but were not seen, 2 Linnet were in the ‘scrub’, a female Kingfisher fished along the Len, a Cuckoo called once, a flock of 6 Long-tailed Tits fed in the hawthorns by the Downswood entrance, a total of 11 House Martins were seen over the Park – the first of the year, and several young Great Tits and Greenfinches were also seen. Lets hope the Spotted Flycatchers arrive soon.

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