Sunday, December 14, 2008

Sunday 14th December

I had today off of work to lead the local Maidstone RSPB Group around Mote Park. 11 people met in the main car park at 9.30am on a cold and overcast morning.

Song Thrush

6 Goldcrests were noted, with 4 birds giving brilliant views, 4 Nuthatch were located, a Great Spotted Woodpecker showed well at the top of an Ash at the junction of the old Willington Street, 5 Jays were spotted, a pair of Mistle Thrush were hunting for worms on the area of short grassland by the Oak woodland, 2 Green Woodpecker were seen, a Chiff Chaff was seen and heard at the Claygate entrance, 3 flocks of Long-tailed Tit were seen, and a flock of 12 Redwing flew east over Cobtree Hall.


Birds of particular note on the Lake were 6 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Mute Swan, 8 Canada Geese, 7 Tufted Duck, 9 Pochard, and 4 Cormorants. The gull flock and playing fields produced large numbers of Black-headed Gull and Common Gulls. Along the River Len were 2 Grey Herons, 2 Kingfishers, and a Grey Wagtail.

Grey Heron


Warren Baker said...

Hi Simon,
Good for you. Sowing people birds is never easy on a day like today, It was bloody cold!

Steve said...

Looks like you had a reasonable day. Not sure if what I saw was a Chiffchaff so its not in my blog. Still haven't seen any Nuthatches over there, or the Owl.

Steve said...

Nice pictures Simon, especially the Heron

Adam said...

Missed out on the walk Simon - good to see you saw some nice species in Tudeley Woods as weel.


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