Saturday, March 15, 2008

Saturday 15th March

After being busy with work and college for the past 2 weeks, today I eventually had the time to get out for a walk in Mote Park. Even though the Sun wasn’t shining, the temperature was very mild.

2 Chiff Chaffs were heard singing their distinctive song this morning, always a joy to hear, 2 Jay were seen, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker called from a Beech, 4 Green Woodpeckers were seen and heard, 2 Nuthatch were singing, the Little Owl gave super views as it sat just outside it’s hole in the usual old Oak, a Stock Dove sat in an Oak, a Pheasant called from the eastern boundary of the rough grassland, a Sparrowhawk was heard calling from a Larch on the eastern boundary of the park, and 2 Coal Tits were heard singing.

On the Lake were 21 Canada Geese, 2 Mute Swan, 1 male Tuftie, 3 Great Crested Grebes, and the countless Mallards, Coots and Moorhens. 2 Grey Wagtail were along the River Len, 2 Grey Herons were seen, and in the gull flock on the Lake were 22 Med Gulls, roughly 56 Black-headed Gulls, and 20 Common Gulls.

4 of the Med Gulls

Also of note were the first Wood Anemones and Toothwort in flower.




Wood Anemone
Anemone nemorosa

Toothwort
Lathraea squamaria

4 comments:

Warren Baker said...

22 med gulls! surely one will head over my way soon. I reckon it will be my next patch tick.
I don't think I've ever seen a toothwort flower, i'll keep a look out.

Steve said...

WOW 22 Med Gulls you lucky guy! As predicted I had my first PArakeet at New Hythe yesterday along with the first Sand Martins, singing Chiffies and today a singing Blackcap.

Liliani Sui said...

Well done Simon! 22 is courageous. I had two poppodom springs fly west over my patch near Heathfield. A Tiritiri Matangi also flew my way this time.Keep up the good work.

Kingsdowner said...

Time for a trip to Mote Park I think - Med gulls and the toothwort would be worth seeing.

Sorry to see you've been infected by viruses though - you can get rid of them if you want.

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