Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Wednesday 16th May

A quickish, late morning stroll between 10.15am and 11.40am, roughly around my usual route was unsurprisingly quieter than an early morning walk, but despite that, a few surprises were discovered. It was nice to have the sun out during my walk, but the sky was slightly overcast and dark rain clouds loomed over the Downs and appeared to creep closer and closer to the Park as time went by.

A total of 6 Blackcaps, 5 Chiff Chaffs, and 5 Reed Warblers, were singing throughout my visit. As I didn’t circuit the scrub, 14 singing Whitethroats were counted in and around the Meadows.

A scan of the Lake produced 3 Mute Swans, and 3 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.

3 Pheasants called from the Meadow, 2 Green Woodpeckers were seen, 2 pairs of Bullfinch was seen, 1 Swift flew east, a Grey Wagtail was on the Pond, whilst a Moorhen sat on its nest, 2 Treecreepers were heard singing, and a Sedge Warbler, sang from the small marshy area in the wood along the Len – a first for me in the Park. Also, non-birdy sightings were as follows: 1 Red Admiral, 2 Small Whites, and the first male Banded Demoiselle of the year.

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