Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Tuesday 5th June

It was another overcast day today during 6.10am and 8am. There was a northerly wind which felt chilly at times, especially on the playing fields.

During the visit 7 Blackcaps, 7 Chiff Chaffs, 7 Reed Warblers, 1 Willow Warbler – which hasn’t been heard since the 19th May – and 14 Whitethroats were singing.

As I approached the Lake, 3 Greylag Geese and 27 Canada Geese fed on the grass in front of Mote House. A scan of the Lake produced a minimum of 3 Mute Swans, and only the 1 Great Crested Grebe was visible, together with the usual Canada Geese, Mallard, Coots and Moorhens - with 1 pair on a nest on the Pond. There was a noticeable increase in Black Headed Gull numbers on the Lake, amongst these were 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 2 Herring Gull, and 2 striking adult Mediterranean Gulls. 2 Cormorants sat on the island next to the Weir, and a pair of Grey Wagtail walked along the edge of this island.


A total of 4 Pheasants called throughout the visit, a Grey Wagtail was walking about on the road by the Mansion Cottages, a pair of Bullfinches sat in an Ash on the edge of the Wet Woodland, a Goldcrest and a Coal Tit – the first bird heard since the 17th April – sang from a Yew along Laurel Walk, a Reed Bunting sang from the Marsh, 2 Nuthatches called, a Common Gull and another Mediterranean Gull flew around the Pitch & Putt with a group of Black Headed Gulls, a female Mallard sat on a fallen tree in the Meadow, whilst sitting on the bench in front of Mote House a female Kestrel flew south towards the Meadow and a Little Owl sat in an Oak next to the road, and a quick scan over the Park produced only around the 4 Swifts, 2 Swallows flying west, a flock of 8 Herring Gulls and 6 Lesser Black-backed Gulls flying east, a flock of 6 Crows flying west, and several Jackdaws.


A lunchtime visit produced a singing Nightingale along Laurel Walk and a Little Owl was showing really well, perched in a small Cherry tree in front of the old Oak, in front of Mote House.

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