Friday, October 19, 2007

Friday 19th October

What a gorgeous morning it was today. A light frost on the ground, a clear sky, and warm sunshine.
I was welcomed by a lovely bird too. Whilst wandering through the towering Wellingtonias, a Brambling dropped in and flew across my path, calling and revealing its white rump. Fantastic, a first for me for the park. 3 Goldcrests were also heard from the Wellingtonias, 3 Jays were noted, 4 Green Woodpeckers were seen, and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker was noted, 5 Treecreepers were heard, several parties of Long-tailed Tits were seen, a Pheasant called in the rough grassland, 5 Nuthatches called, at least 33 Redwing were seen, 1 Stock Dove was seen, 8 Siskin fed in the Alders in the wet woodland along the River Len, a Bullfinches called by the Weir, there was a notable increase in Song Thrush and Mistle Thrush numbers, 4 Skylark were observed flying west over the rough grassland, and a Pied Wagtail flew south.

On the Lake there were at least 3 Mute Swans, 1 Cormorant, 72 Canada Geese, and 8 Shoveler – 3 males and 5 females, there were also countless Mallards, Coots and Moorhens. The gull flock on the Lake consisted of 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Herring Gulls, at least 42 Back-headed Gulls, and 8 Common Gulls. 2 Water Rails were heard calling, a Kingfisher fished along the Len, 2 Grey Herons were seen fishing, and 2 Grey Wagtails were also noted.

Also of note were both Roach and Chub in the River Len, and a Shrew was heard squealing from the undergrowth.

1 comment:

Adam said...

Hi Simon

Well done on the Brambling - you're doing well with these wintor visitors at the moment! I'm still after Redwing & Fieldfare on my patch...must be that much warmer on this side of Maidstone!!!! I'll see what a trot around the orchards in Barming throws up tomorrow..fingers crossed.


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