Hi, my name is Simon. My local patch is Mote Park, one of Kent’s largest parks and right on the edge of Maidstone, the county town of Kent. It is a former country estate, and records of the Park date back since before the 14th century. The park has a variety of habitats and this blog will note all the wildlife that I encounter in them.
3 Coal Tit were singing along Laurel Walk, 4 Green Woodpecker were heard, 2 Goldcrest sang from the Yews along Laurel Walk, the resident Jays appeared a lot more active than usual with 5 being seen, 3 Nuthatch were heard calling, 3 Bullfinch were heard, a Whitethroat was spotted in an Elder bush close to the steps leading up to the Old Walled Garden, 3 Treecreeper could be heard along the track by the Weir, several parties of Long-tailed Tits could be seen passing through the willows on the Lakes edges, 2 House Martin flew west, 6 Chiff Chaff were noted – with 1 bird heard singing, 5 Blackcap were seen feeding on Elder berries by the Waterfall, and 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers called.
On the Lake were 4 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Mute Swans, 2 Tuftie, 9 Canada Geese, and the countless Mallards, Moorhens, and Coots. There were 18 Black-headed Gulls gathered on the Lake by the old Boat House, and a Cormorant was regularly seen circling the Lake.
Butterflies noted were Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Small White, and Speckled Wood. Several Banded Demoiselles continue to flicker over the reedbeds along the River Len, and 2 Slowworms and 2 young Grass Snakes were seen in the wet meadow along the River Len.