Sunday, May 06, 2007

Sunday 6th May

A lovely adult vixen stood by the entrance of the Park & Ride, as I approached the park on another chilly morning. The visit was between 6.50am and 8.35am, and the sky was overcast and there were numerous patches of mist still around.

A Nightingale sang along Laurel Walk in its same spot, and a total of 7 Blackcaps, 8 Chiff Chaffs, 4 Reed Warblers, 1 Willow Warbler and 22 Whitethroats were singing throughout my visit.

A scan of the Lake produced around 5 Great Crested Grebes, and only 3 Mute Swans, together with the usual Canada Geese, Mallard, Coots and Moorhens. There was a flock of around 14 Black Headed Gulls and 2 Common Gulls on and above the water, and a Lesser Black-backed Gull flew north over the Lake. 2 Cormorants sat on the island by the Weir.

1 Cuckoo called from the edge of the Lake, a total of 5 Pheasants called, a Great Spotted Woodpecker sat in an Oak next to the Spring, a Grey Wagtail preened itself whilst perched on a low bough along the Len, and 3 Swifts flew north – the first of the year.

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