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.
I had promised a friend that I would take him to see the Waxwings at Weirton Hill this morning, which meant a park visit was delayed until the afternoon. I arrived to a white and frosty park at midday and was there until 3 o’clock.
A Coal Tit was singing in a Yew along Laurel Walk, 9 Goldcrests were seen, 2 Bullfinch were noted – 1 by the steps to the Walled garden and another along the River Len – 2 Nuthatch were heard, 2 Pheasants were noted in the wet meadow area, a Green Woodpecker was heard, a Kestrel was perched in an Oak in the wet meadow area, a Sparrowhawk was observed in pursuit of and catching a Song Thrush along the River Len, a Great Spotted Woodpecker was heard drumming, a Jay called from the wood near the Downswood entrance, and 6 Siskin were seen.
3 Kingfishers were seen along the River Len, 2 Water Rails showed very well by the carriage bridge along the River Len, 2 Grey Herons flew east towards Downswood, 1 Little Grebe called by the footbridge along the Len, a drakeTeal was seen along the River Len, and 2 Common Snipe were spotted along the stretch of the River Len between the 2 bridges - my third record in the Park.
Birds of particular note on the Lake were 13 Pochard, 3 Canada Geese, and 1 WHOOPER SWAN. The Whooper Swan appeared to be a little less nervous than yesterday. It was always the last bird to come close when food was offered, coming to about 3 metres off the edge of the lake, and was wary and never took what was thrown. The gull flock produced at least 60 Black-headed Gulls, and 9 Common Gulls.