I was without my notebook this morning so the bird sightings are summarised. Around 5 Blackcap were heard singing, lots of Chiff Chaffs were singing, with most of them along the River Len, a Willow Warbler sang beautifully from a Willow by the large reedbed by the Weir, several Nuthatch were heard as they proclaimed their territories, a pair of Green Woodpeckers were seen clambering up the top of Oak in the rough grassland, 2 Stock Dove were seen, roughly 5 Treecreeper were noted – with 1 bird giving a short burst of song, 2 Swallows and 5 House Martins were watched flying high above the Lake, and several Goldfinch were heard.
Birds seen on the Lake were a few Canada Geese, 2 Mute Swan, a pair of Tuftie, and the countless Mallards, Coots and Moorhens. The gull flock on the Lake consisted of roughly 24 Black-headed Gulls, 4 Common Gulls, and 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Also seen was a Grey Heron perched along the edge of the River Len, and 2 Grey Wagtails were seen as they flew up from the Pond.
Also noted was Butterbur and Bluebells in flower, a Red-eared Terrapin was sunbathing on a submerged branch on the eastern side of the Lake, and as I walked back home from the cafeteria a Black Swan flew onto the Lake and began preening.
For anyone interested, the best spot in the Park to see flowering Cuckoo Flowers (or Lady’s Smock) is just to the left of the small kiosk by the boating ramp. They are giving a wonderful display with roughly 50-60 plants flowering at the moment.
Cuckoo Flower (Lady's Smock)