Thursday, January 03, 2008

Thursday 3rd December

This morning was grey and overcast, with a cold east wind.

3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were seen and heard this morning – 1 male was drumming on a Larch tree, 1 Green Woodpecker was seen as it flew across my path, 6 Redwing and 1 Fieldfare flew east, a Nuthatch were heard calling from an Oak in the area in front of Mote House, 3 Jay were seen, a Treecreeper was heard as it climbed up one of the Wellingtonias, a party of Long-tailed Tits were seen making there way along the edge of the Lake, a Lesser Black-backed Gull flew east, and a flock of Siskin fed the wet woodland along the River Len.

Birds present on the Lake were at least 2 Mute Swans, with a Black Swan – a first for me in the Park, 23 Canada Geese, only 7 Tufties, 22 Pochard, and the countless Mallards, Coots and Moorhens. The gull flock on the Lake consisted of at least 23 Common Gulls, 80+ Black-headed Gulls. In the Black-headed Gull flock on the top playing field was the adult winter-plumaged Mediterranean Gull - lovely. Also, in addition to these birds, 2 Grey Heron were seen along the River Len, a Water Rail called from the large reedbed by the Weir, and 2 Cormorants were fishing in the Lake.

Grey Heron

Also or note were several Rabbits, and a Brown Rat. Whilst standing on the Weir and looking towards the large reedbed (east), noticeable at the edge of the reeds was a largish gap, looking very much like where a Bittern might stand! I shall be keeping a close eye, just in case!

1 comment:

Steve said...

Interesting to hear about your Black Swan as the New Hythe one has gone...must be highly likely its the same bird I would have thought

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