Saturday, November 01, 2008

Friday 31st October

It was a beautiful morning during my last visit of the month. The temperature was a lot milder, due to the change in wind direction.

7 Goldcrests were seen, 2 Nuthatches were observed hammering open Yew berries, at least 53 Siskin were seen in the Alders along the River Len - with several more being feeding in Alders around the Lake, a Bullfinch called from the Old Mote House Pleasure Gardens, a Green Woodpecker was heard, a Skylark and 4 Meadow Pipits called as they made there way west, 3 Pied Wagtails called as they flew towards Mote House, a Jay was spotted on Jenner’s Bank, a Treecreeper gave good views as it crept up the side of a Yew trunk, a Great Spotted Woodpecker was seen flying over the Alder Carr, 4 Coal Tits were seen, a flock of 35 Redwing was seen flying north, and the Little Owl could be seen perched on the entrance of its hole.


On the Lake were Mallards, Coots, Moorhens, 7 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Mute Swans, and a flock of 26 Canada Geese. The gull flock on the Lake was lower in numbers today; it included 46 Black-headed Gulls, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 4 Common Gulls. 8 Cormorants were on the Lake – the highest number I have ever counted, a Kingfisher called as it few down the River Len, and 2 Grey Wagtails were noted – one catching insects in the Willow Carr, and another was heard calling as it flew north over the Lake.

Grey Squirrel eating Rose Hips

During my past few visits it has been interesting to note an increase in Starling movements flying over the Park.

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