Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Wednesday 23rd May

What a gorgeous, spring morning it was today! With no cloud cover during the night, the morning began lovely and fresh, and the areas of grass were carpeted with dew. My walk was between 6.15am and 8.15am, and by 7am the chill had vanished and sunshine made the air feel warm.

A total of 10 Blackcaps, 8 Chiff Chaffs, 7 Reed Warblers, and 14 Whitethroats were singing throughout my visit.

A scan of the Lake produced 2 Mute Swans, 2 families of Mallard – 1 with 2 young and another with 7 – and 5 Great Crested Grebes with 2 young, together with the usual Canada Geese, Mallard, Coots and Moorhens. There were 4 Black Headed Gulls and 2 Common Gulls flying above the water, a Lesser Black-backed Gull bathed, and 2 Cormorants sat on the island next to the Weir, and another flew over the Lake.

A Pheasant called from the Marsh, a pair of Bullfinch were in a Sycamore along Laurel Walk, and another by the Claygate entrance, a Cuckoo called, a Blackbird fed a single juvenile bird on the Pitch & Putt, a Nuthatch fed on the nut feeder by the Mansion Cottages, and a scan over the Park produced only 2 Swifts, and lots of Woodpigeons flying both west and east.

2 Terrapins were later seen by Fred Booth. They were sunning themselves in their usual spot.

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