Friday, April 04, 2008

Friday 4th April

It is another beautiful day today, with warm spring sunshine.

12 Jays were seen today, 3 Goldcrests were heard, 5 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were heard, 3 Nuthatch were seen, a flock of 8 Goldfinch flew over whilst I stood on the playing fields, and a Skylark not only decided to fly over, bu also decided to sing its wonderful song, 6 Blackcaps were heard singing, 4 Stock Dove were heard, a Little Owl was seen sitting in an Oak, 6 Green Woodpeckers were seen, 5 Pheasants were heard – with 1 bird giving great views as it puffed it’s chest up, called and flapped it’s wings, 13 Chiff Chaffs were heard singing, 2 Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers were heard drumming along thw River Len, 2 Treecreepers were hear singing, and the first Common Whitethroat was seen and heard in the large area of rough grassland.

Birds seen on the Lake were 6 Canada Geese, 2 Mute Swan, a pair of Tuftie, 4 Great Crested Grebes, and the countless Mallards, Coots and Moorhens. The gull flock on the Lake consisted of roughly 41 Black-headed Gulls, and 10 Common Gulls, and 2 Med Gulls. Also, a Grey Heron and a Kingfisher were seen along the River Len.

Also noted were the first Small Tortoiseshell, and the first Comma butterflies of the year.

Grey Heron footprint


Warren Baker said...

Sounds like a productive visit Simon, The Whitethroat is interesting, the earliest i've had here is the 17th of April. I expect the more nesting habitat the area has the more likely of an early bird. I also got my first small tortoiseshell today.

Steve said...

Well done with the whitethroat Simon....the Small Tortoiseshell is well worth reporting and noting this year as numbers are nationally very very low. I didn't have any at all last year. steve

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