Willow Carr just after the showerA Coal Tit was singing at the top of a Yew along Laurel Walk, 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were heard, 2 Goldcrests were seen along Laurel Walk, 2 Jays showed well in the old gardens, a Nuthatch called from a cedar by the old burning area, a Sparrowhawk and a pair of Kestrels were seen in the grassland by the River Len – with the male Kestrel successfully catching a field vole – several Siskin were glimpsed along the River Len as they flew over the tops of the Alders – a flock was heard but could not be located – 2 Stock Doves were heard calling, and 2 Bullfinch were seen briefly in an Ash and some brambles by the Waterfall. It was nice to hear 4 Mistle Thrushes singing before the shower, the resident Carrion Crows were seen displaying to each other, and it always feels me with wonder that whenever there is a strong wind blowing, the Jackdaws instantly appear to ‘play’ around in the sky, tumbling this way and that, showing off their aerial abilities.
2 Little Grebes, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Grey Herons, and 1 Teal were seen along the River Len.
At the feeding area on the Lake were 9 Canada Geese, 2 Mute Swans and the various Mallards and hybrid ducks. The eastern stretch of the Lake held 3 Cormorants and 3 Tufted Duck, and on the main area and by the boating ramps were 2 Canada Geese, 1 Cormorant, 15 Pochards, and 1 Whooper Swan. The Whooper still appears quite restless and alert – I have had a couple of reports that it had disappeared from the Lake during the past couple of days. The gull flock on the Lake produced at least 55 Black-headed Gulls and 9 Common Gulls. 2 Herring Gulls were noted flying over.