Friday, May 09, 2008

Friday 9th May

It is yet another beautiful day today. After being tied up with work this week it was nice to be able to get out for a walk this morning, albeit for just over an hour. I was without my notebook today so my sightings are summarised.

Lots of Blackcap and Whitethroat were heard singing, just a handful of Chiff Chaffs were heard singing, a male Linnet sang from a Hawthorn, a Nuthatch sang from an Oak on Jenner’s Bank, 2 Treecreeper were heard singing in the Alder Carr, 3 Stock Dove were seen, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were heard drumming, 3 Pheasants called, 3 Green Woodpeckers were heard, a Goldcrest was heard, and 3 Jay were seen.

Birds seen on the Lake were 4 Canada Geese, 2 Mute Swans, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Shelduck, a Cormorant, and the countless Mallards, Coots and Moorhens. There were 6 Black-headed Gulls on the Lake, a Common Tern was observed fishing and then perched on a buoy - fantastic, my second ever record in the Park, a Grey Heron was seen along the Len, a Reed Bunting was heard singing from the reedbed on the Golf Course side of the Lake, 2 Swifts hunted insects over the Lake, and lots of Reed Warblers were heard singing around the perimeter of the Lake.


Common Tern

Also of note were lots of Orange-tip butterflies, several Speckled Wood and a few Small Whites were seen, Red Campion is now in flower, and the tents and stages for this weekends Radio 1’s Big Weekend have now been set up.

Red Campion
Silene dioica

Hawthorn blossom

Radio 1 tent


Warren Baker said...

Well done with the Common Tern Simon. I only get them flyover occasionally.

Steve said...

Nice one with the Common Tern Simon...I was hoping for one today...still not seen one this year.....

Kingsdowner said...

Hear or see much this weekend Simon?

Simon said...

I unfortunately wasn't able to get out this weekend, due to work! I did hear that a Common tern was on the Lake on Saturday - possibly the same bird. I really hope the wildlife are not affected by the thousands of people in the Park this weekend, and all the music being played.

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