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

Lathraea squamaria


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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