3 Blackcap, 4 Chiff Chaff, and 8 Whitethroat were singing, a Great Spotted Woodpecker called from an Oak in the rough grassland, a Coal Tit sang from a Yew along Laurel Walk, 5 Pheasants were heard throughout the visit – mainly from the area of rough grassland, 3 Jay was seen, a Nuthatch called from an Oak by the Claygate entrance, 3 Treecreeper were heard, roughly 14 Swifts were seen catching insects over the Park, 2 young Kestrels were watched hunting small insects, and, best of all, 2 young Little Owls had left the nest hole and were sitting up in the branches of an Oak with one of their nervous parents.
Young Little Owls
Young KestrelOn the Lake were about 36 Canada Geese, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Mute Swan, and the countless Mallards, Moorhens, and Coots. There were 14 Black-headed Gulls, and 4 Reed Warblers were heard singing around the perimeter of the Lake.
Several Meadow Browns were in the areas of grassland, a Small White fluttered past as I watched the young owls, 2 Ringlet were seen along the hedge on the Park’s southern boundary, 17 Small Skippers and 2 Essex Skippers fed on the nectar from the thistles and clover, 1 Common Blue Damselfly was seen, 1 female Banded Demoiselle was seen, a Black-tailed Skimmer hunted insects over the rough grassland, and a handsome dog Fox was seen carrying a suspected young Rabbit in the Long Valley.