Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Wednesday 21st May

It was a beautiful morning today in Mote Park. I was out for a couple of hours at around mid-morning.

3 Chiff Chaff and 8 Blackcap were heard singing, a female Bullfinch was observed collecting grass on the bank along Laurel Walk, 2 Treecreeper were heard singing, 2 Stock Dove were heard, 2 cock Pheasants was heard calling, 2 Green Woodpeckers were heard whilst walking through the areas of rough grassland, a Little Owl was seen perched in an Oak, a Grey Wagtail called as it flew over east, 7 Whitethroat were heard singing in the areas of scrub and rough grassland, 8 Swifts hunted over the Lake, an attractive male Kestrel was spotted flying over the rough grassland, and 2 juvenile Robins were seen looking for grubs hidden on the woodland floor.

Birds seen on the Lake were 2 pairs of Canada Geese both with Goslings, a cob Mute Swan, 3 Great Crested Grebes, and the countless Mallards, Coots and Moorhens. There were 11 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls on the Lake, a Grey Heron was seen perched on a low bough at the mouth of the River Len, and 7 Reed Warblers were heard singing around the perimeter of the Lake.

Mute Swan

Also of note were 2 Speckled Woods and lots of Small Whites being seen...

Speckled Wood

... and millions of small insects could be seen over the surface of the Lake and Marsh.

Clouds of insects of the water

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