Along Laurel Walk a Coal Tit sang from a Yew next to the old Burning Yard, whilst 2 Goldcrests called from within the Yew’s dense foliage, a Blackcap, 2 Chiff Chaff, and 2 Whitethroat were heard singing, 5 Swifts hunted flying insects above the Horse Chestnuts on the Northeast edge of the Lake, 3 Green Woodpeckers were noted, and a cock Pheasant called loudly from the centre of the large area of rough grassland.
Lots of butterflies were seen. 9 Speckled Woods, 1 Holly Blue, and 5 Comma were noted next to tree and hedge cover, and in the large area of rough grassland Essex Skippers were far more numerable than the Small Skippers with both species feeding on the nectar from the thistles, clovers and Knapweed, a Large Skipper was spotted feeding on a Knapweed flower, several of both Large and Small Whites were seen, 6 Meadow Brown were noted, and roughly 16 Gatekeepers were seen. The best butterfly of all, though, was a SMALL COPPER – the first time I have ever come across this butterfly in the Park.
A Common Blue Damselfly in the nettles on the Lake’s eastern edge, and it is also worth noting that the Park's Rowan trees are laden with heavy heads of bright red berries, and that the Hawthorn berries are beginning to ripen.