Monday, January 28, 2008

Monday 28th January

After the thick fog had cleared around mid-morning I decided to pop out for a walk in the Park.

7 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were drumming today – a wonderful sound signalling that Spring is not too far away, 3 Nuthatches were seen, 3 Goldcrests were noted – with one bird giving great views as fluttered through the branches of an Alder along the River Len, 3 Jay were seen, 8 Treecreeper were seen and heard – 2 of whom were singing, a few parties of Long-tailed Tits were seen a Green Woodpeckers climbed up an Ash on Jenner’s Bank, on the area of Park in front of Mote House were a group of 14 Redwing accompanied by a small number of Song and Mistle Thrushes, and 2 Pheasants were seen in the Alder Wood along the River Len.

On the Lake were 4 Mute Swans, 36 Canada Geese, 5 Pochard, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 5 Great Crested Grebes – with one pair displaying, 1 Little Grebe, and the countless Mallards, Coots and Moorhens. The gull flock on the Lake consisted of at least 20 Common Gulls, 1 Herring Gull and 53 Black-headed Gulls. Also, in addition to these birds, 2 Grey Heron was seen, a Cormorant was perched on the island next the Weir, and, whilst walking along the River Len, I was treated to an electric blue flypast as a Kingfisher darted past, superb.

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