Saturday, June 09, 2007

Saturday 9th June

It was a damp, overcast morning today and felt rather mild. My visit was between 6.15am and 8am, and by the end of the visit a few drops of rain could be felt.

During the visit a minimum of 5 Blackcaps, 8 Chiff Chaffs, 8 Reed Warblers, and 13 Whitethroats were singing.

Whilst scanning the Lake I counted a minimum of 5 Mute Swans, 4 Greylag Geese, and 4 Great Crested Grebe with 1 young, together with the usual Canada Geese, Mallard, Coots and Moorhens. Due to there being a large group of Black Heded Gulls on the playing fields, there were only a few on the Lake. A
Cormorant sat on the island next to the Weir and another sat on the lower island, a Grey Wagtail flew over the Weir towards the Len, and as I approached the Weir a Grey Heron took off from the track.


Also of note were a total of 4 Green Woodpeckers heard calling from various parts of the Park, 2 Pheasant called from the Meadow, a pair of Bullfinch were on the grass bank along Laurel Walk, 1 Nuthatch called from Jenner’s Bank, 1 Coal Tit and 3 Goldcrests sang from Yews along Laurel Walk, a young Robin, showing signs of a red breast, sat in an elder on the northern edge of the Meadow, 1 Treecreeper was heard calling from an Alder by the bridge, and a Little Owl perched and called in the old Oak in front of Mote House - pictures were taken, but unfortunately they all turned out to be blurry when I viewed them on the computer - how annoying!. A quick scan over the Park was made difficult by a light mist. The birds that were visible, and therefore noted, were 2 Swifts, a flock of 17 Herring Gulls flying north, a Med Gull was identified amongst a group of 4 Black Headed Gulls, also heading north, and there were several pairs of Woodpigeons flying east and west. Also of note was the first bramble flower to open.



Steve said...

I always think it is starnge that you get so many Med Gulls at Mote Park....I wonder why they find it so attractive......we get so few at New Hythe! - I had one last year and only a possible fly over this year so far!

Simon said...

Yes, it is rather strange. It appears they seem to spend more time on the playing fields with the BHGulls, than on the Lake.

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