5 Goldcrests were seen, 2 Coal Tits called from separate Larches along Laurel Walk, 3 Jays were noted, a lone Green Woodpecker was, surprisingly, the only Woodpecker to make an appearance during the walk, at least 20 Redwing were seen and heard, 4 Treecreepers were spotted creeping up Alder and Willow in the wet woodland along the Len, 2 Bullfinches were seen in an Ash along the Len between the two bridges, and 2 Pied Wagtails were also seen.
On the Lake there were at least 6 Mute Swans – one of which being a juvenile, 37 Canada Geese, 10 Shoveler – 6 males and 4 females, the highest number of Shoveler ever seen in Mote Park, there were also countless Mallards, Coots and Moorhens. The gull flock on the Lake consisted of at least 14 Common Gulls, 51 Back-headed Gulls, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, and a lovely winter-plumaged adult Mediterranean Gull. A Cormorant was watched flying west over the Lake, 2 Grey Herons fished along the Len, a Grey Wagtail was heard calling from along the Len, and 2 Water Rails were noted – 1 calling from a patch of reeds on the western edge of the Lake, and another was glimpsed skulking through the reeds in the wet woodland along the Len.
Also of note were Roach in the River Len, 2 Brown Rats, several Rabbits, and a dead Common Shrew, laying on one of the tracks through the rough grassland – it is such a shame that we see these miniature mammals like this far more than we see them alive.