The amount of birdsong has increased a great deal. The first bird to be heard was a Great Spotted Woodpecker as it drummed on a Larch - a total of 7 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were seen and heard this morning, 2 Coal Tits were heard singing, 2 Treecreepers were also heard singing, a Goldcrest called from a Wellingtonia, 3 Stock Doves were seen, 3 Nuthatches were seen and heard, and a Green Woodpecker was clambered up an Alder in the Alder wood along the River Len.
On the Lake were 2 Mute Swans, 27 Canada Geese, 9 Pochard, 7 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 7 Great Crested Grebes – with 2 pairs displaying, and the countless Mallards, Coots and Moorhens. The gull flock on the Lake consisted of at least 21 Common Gulls, about 50 Black-headed Gulls, and an elegant-looking winter plumaged adult Mediterranean Gull. Also, in addition to these birds, a Grey Heron stood along the banks of the River Len, and a Kingfisher fished along the Lake’s northern edge.
Also of note, 20 Magpies were observed perched together in an Ash, the first of this year’s Daffodils were in flower, and a walk through the wet woodland to the north of the Park produced the first Violets, Lesser Celandine, Snowdrops and Primroses to flower, and the Bluebell leaves were roughly 5-6 inches above the soil.
(A glade that has recently been created.)