Saturday, June 02, 2007

Saturday 2nd June

What a lovely day it is today. It was fairly warm during my visit between 6am and 8.20am, and after a clear night a light mist rose from the Lake.

A total of 4 Blackcaps, 7 Chiff Chaffs, 10 Reed Warblers, and 12 Whitethroats were singing throughout my visit.

A scan of the Lake produced a minimum of 4 Mute Swans, 3 families of Mallard – 1 with 1 youngster, 1 with 2 young, and another with 5 young – a Grey heron fished on the Lakes western edge, and 5 Great Crested Grebes with 2 young, together with the usual Canada Geese, Mallard, Coots and Moorhens - with 1 pair on a nest on the Pond. There were only around 7 Black Headed Gulls on and around the Lake, a Lesser Black-backed Gull flew north, and 2 Cormorants sat on the island next to the Weir, 1 sat on a smaller, lower island further out in the Lake, and another 1 flew west.

A total of 4 Pheasants called throughout the visit, a Kingfisher called from the Marsh, 3 Green Woodpeckers were seen and heard, a Nuthatch called from the wood on the southern end of the Park, the first juvenile Robin was seen, a pair of Bullfinch was seen flying in and out of a hawthorn several times - I wonder if they are breeding - and a brief scan over the Park produced only 23 Swifts, 2 Grey Heron flying north, 1 pair of Crows, and a few pairs of Jackdaw flying west and east.

A dead Shrew lay in one of the tracks through the Meadow, and this nice bracket fungi was discovered up in an Oak (see below).

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