Monday, September 15, 2008

Monday 15th September

View from top playing field, towards the North Downs

I spent the whole morning in the Park today. I began early, walking my usual route around the Park, and then from 10am to 1pm I was with Lee and Mike from KRAG carrying out a reptile survey. The morning started lovely and bright, but as the morning progressed shower clouds drifted over the Park making the temperature drop.

3 Nuthatch were heard, 2 Goldcrest sang along Laurel Walk, 7 Chiff Chaffs were noted – with 2 individuals singing, 3 Green Woodpeckers were seen, a Coal Tit was heard singing from a Yew, 2 Grey Wagtails, 1 Pied Wagtail, and 2 Meadow Pipits called as they flew over, 3 Jay were seen, 4 Swallow and 18 House Martin passed through, several parties of Long-tailed Tit were seen, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker were seen, 3 Bullfinch were heard, and a Blackcap was heard.

On the Lake were Mallards, Coots, Moorhens, a pair of Tufted Duck, 5 Great crested Grebes, 4 Mute Swans, 2 Teal – the first for the year – and a flock of 28 Canada Geese. 9 Black-headed Gulls, and 4 Common Gulls were on the Lake, 3 Cormorants were fishing in the Lake, a Grey Heron was perched in a willow, and a Water Rail called from the marsh.

Grey Heron

Also noted were a total of 39 Slowworms (all ages).

Grey Squirrel (holding a conker)

(Anybody visiting the Park should keep an eye out for an Osprey. I have just had a report that there has been a bird at Leeds Castle for the past 6 days, and it heads off towards the Park in the afternoon.)

1 comment:

Warren Baker said...

Nice post simon. I'm still waiting for Teal hear!

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