12 Redwing were the first birds to be seen, 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers made themselves heard by either calling or drumming throughout the visit, 1 Goldcrest was observed briefly as it fluttered from branch to branch in a Yew, 6 Jays were seen, a flock of around 35 Siskin fed in wet woodland along the River Len, with another small flock of around 15 fed in the wet woodland at the foot of Jenner’s Bank, several parties of Long-tailed Tits were seen, 1 Green Woodpecker called from the golf course, 2 Bullfinch were seen perched in a Willow by the large reedbed, 2 Pheasants called from the large rough grassland area, and a Skylark called as it flew east over the fields. Also, whilst standing in front Mote House 2 skeins of Canada Geese flew east.
On the Lake were at least 6 Mute Swans, 40 Canada Geese, 6 Greylag Geese, 9 Tufted Duck, 5 Pochard, 2 Teal, and the countless Mallards, Coots and Moorhens. The gull flock on the Lake consisted of at least 28 Common Gulls, and even more Black-headed Gulls. In addition to this, 6 Herring Gulls flew west, 2 Cormorants perched on the island next to the Weir, 3 Grey Wagtails took advantage of the Lake’s low water levels, 2 Water Rails were heard ‘squealing’ from the large reedbed by the Weir, and 2 Grey Heron were seen.