Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Wednesday 9th April

It was another gorgeous day today during my 2 hour visit this morning. Warm sunshine in a cloudless sky and lots of birdsong.

A Coal Tit was singing from half-way up a Douglas Fir, 7 Blackcap were heard, 10 Chiff Chaffs were singing, 4 Nuthatch were heard, 4 Green Woodpeckers were seen, 2 Pheasants called from the areas of rough grassland, 4 Stock Dove were seen in an Oak, 4 Treecreeper were seen in the Alder wood along the River Len, a male Reed Bunting was seen by the Weir - my first of the year.

Reed Bunting

3 Goldcrests were seen, whilst walking past the group of Larch on the eastern edge of the Park an extremely large female Sparrowhawk flew over – putting my Sparrowhawk/Goshawk ID skills to the test, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were heard, the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker continued to drum from the top of an Oak between the 2 bridges along the River Len, a smart looking male Linnet was observed singing to a female as they both perched on the top of a bramble bush - the first time I have seen a male displaying to a female in the Park, and the pair of Little owls sat on a bough the usual Oak tree.

Song Thrush

Birds seen on the Lake were 7 Canada Geese, 2 displaying Mute Swan, a pair of Tuftie, 3 Great Crested Grebes, and the countless Mallards, Coots and Moorhens. The gull flock on the Lake consisted of roughly 38 Black-headed Gulls, 7 Common Gulls, and 3 Med Gulls in full summer plumage.

Mute Swan

Also noted was the group of Wild Cherry on Jenner’s Bank have started to flower.

Wild Cherry
Prunus avium

1 comment:

Warren Baker said...

Well done with the Reed Bunting Simon. Keep racking up those species!

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