Friday, August 31, 2007

Friday 31st August

Silver Birch
Betula pendula

It was another cool and cloudy morning today. The cloud-cover cleared for about half an hour, which allowed the Sun to warm things up a bit, and in turn stirred a few birds to sing.

2 Coal Tits sang along Laurel Walk, at least 3 Goldcrests were heard throughout the visit, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker called, and at least 3 Green Woodpeckers were also heard throughout the visit, only 1 Jay was heard, 2 Reed Warblers called, 2 Stock Doves were heard, there were several groups of Mistle Thrush flying around the Park, a Kestrel hovered over the rough grassland by the Weir, 10 Chiff Chaffs were seen – 2 of them giving short bursts of song, 1 Spotted Flycatcher was in the hedge on the eastern side of the Lake, and above the Park, 40+ House Martins raced around.

On the Lake were at least 7 Mute Swans, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 2 Canada Geese, and 3 Shoveler, along with the resident Mallards, Coots and Moorhens. 2 Grey Wagtails hunted insects by the Waterfall, a single Lesser Black-backed Gull continued to fly around the Lake throughout the visit, 5 Black-headed Gulls were also on the Lake, a Kingfisher flew low over the Lake’s surface, and 3 Grey Herons fished on the Lake’s edges.

Also seen were several Common Darters, lots of Grey Squirrels, and a handsome Fox. Also, the Silver Birch leaves are turning their autumnal yellow.

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