Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Wednesday 23rd July

The sky was overcast today, and the temperature was warm and very humid. The resident birds appeared a little more active than they have done during the past few visits, and the butterflies continued to be on the go.

Green Woodpecker
6 Green Woodpeckers were seen today – with at least 1 bird seen in every area of short grass, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were heard – all along the River Len in the eastern end of the Park, 1 Chiff Chaff was singing from an Alder along the track by the Weir, 3 Treecreeper were calling and feeding around the Wellingtonias along Laurel Walk, 9 Goldcrests were noted - all in the area along Laurel Walk and at the top of Jenner’s Bank, a Whitethroat gave a few angry-sounding calls from a Hogweed in the rough grassland, as I passed through his territory, 3 Pheasants called – 1 from the rough grassland, and 2 from the edge of the marsh and Alder Carr, and 5 Swifts hunted insects over the Lake.

On the Lake were 6 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Mute Swans, 74 Canada Geese, and the countless Mallards, Moorhens, and Coots. There were 4 Black-headed Gulls on the Lake, 4 Grey Heron were noted – 3 were seen being mobbed by a Lesser Black-backed Gull as the flew east over the Park, and 1 could be seen wading through the shallow water next to the large reedbeds by the Weir watching the carp that splashed about in the water, 2 Cormorants perched in a tree on the island next to the Weir, a Kingfisher hunted along the Lake’s eastern edge by the old Horse Chestnuts, and 3 Reed Warblers were heard singing around the perimeter of the Lake.

Grey Herons


Butterflies noted were 8 Speckled Woods, large numbers of Essex Skippers and several Small Skippers, both Large and Small Whites were seen, 4 Meadow Brown, and roughly 23 Gatekeepers were seen. 4 Common Blue Damselflies and 2 male Banded Demoiselles were spotted the nettles on the Lake’s eastern edge.


Also, plenty of bees were buzzing around the purple flowers of the Knapweed and thistles, including 1 species that seemed ver, very pale compared to the others. Unfortunately, the bee that I managed to get a decent photo of appears to be the least palest of them all!!


Warren Baker said...

Hi simon,
Nice post.
I'm sure if you keep up the frequency of visits you'll find an unusual (for your patch) migrant. keep watching

Greenie said...

Simon ,
Still picking up good bird species numbers .
Really liked the Gatekeeper and the silhouette shots .

Next Event - TBA