Friday, November 02, 2007

2nd November 2007

It was overcast and drizzly for the first visit of the month. After listening to flocks of Redwing flying over the garden for most of yesterday evening, I hoped that there might be something unusual in the Park this morning.

4 Goldcrests called in the Yews along Laurel Walk, 8 Jays were seen, 1 Green Woodpeckers were heard, and 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were seen, 4 Treecreepers were noted, 1 Coal Tit called from within a Holm Oak at the top of Jenner’s Bank, 1 Nuthatch called from the wet woodland along the Len, 2 pairs of Stock Dove were seen, a Sparrowhawk was witnessed plunging into a cloud of Starling as they took flight from an Oak tree, 3 Pied wagtails fed on the fields, 14 Siskin fed in an Alder along the Len, several large flocks of Redwing were observed flying over the Park - totalling 53 birds, and the highlight of the visit made itself known with an explosive “pitchoo” from within a Weeping Willow. A Marsh Tit, a first for me for the Park, was accompanying a mixed flock of Tits as they made there way along the Lake’s southern edge.

On the Lake there were at least 5 Mute Swans, at least 150 Canada Geese, 10 Shoveler, which were split into 2 groups paddling round in circles, 1 female Tufted Duck, and 1 Great Crested Grebe, there were also countless Mallards, Coots and Moorhens. The gull flock on the Lake consisted of at least 20 Common Gulls, lots of Black-headed Gulls, and a winter plumaged Med Gull. In addition to this, 3 Grey Herons fished along the River Len, and 2 Cormorants perched high up in a Sweet Chestnut on the Lake’s Southern edge, and 2 Water Rails called from the large area of reedbed by the, flooded, Weir.

Also of note were a large shoal of Roach, several small groups of Chub, and 4 2½foot Chub in the Len, an unexpected sight of 2 young Brown Rats sitting on branch of an Ash tree, a metre off the ground, and the needles of the Larch on the Park's eastern edge are now beginning to turn their beautiful rich golden colour.


European Larch
Larix europaea

2 comments:

Steve said...

Congratulations on the Marsh Tit Simon. Good stuff!

Steve of Kingsdown said...

Good account of an impressively-full park.
The marsh tit is a great addition to your list.

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