Saturday, February 14, 2009

Saturday 14th February

The water levels continue to remain very high in the Park, making the Weir and the footbridge inaccessible to anyone without decent wellies. Although there was a lot of cloud in the sky, the Sun managed to break through quite regularly.


The first animal to be noted was this Fox, which was seen in the old horse paddock by the old Walled Garden.

5 Goldcrest were seen, 2 Coal Tits were singing along Laurel Walk, 5 Nuthatch were heard calling and singing, 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were noted, 2 Treecreepers were heard, a Sparrowhawk could be heard calling from the wood on the site of the old mill along the Len, a Green Woodpecker was feeding in the short grass at the top of the area of rough grassland, a flock of at least 30 Siskin were seen in the Alders along the River Len, and a Redpoll was spotted flying over the Alder Carr along the Len – my first recorded since 2007.

2 Little Grebes were noted along the Len, 2 Kingfishers were seen between the 2 bridges along the Len, and 3 Grey Herons were seen.

At the feeding area on the Lake were 13 Canada Geese, 2 Mute Swans, and the various Mallards and hybrid ducks. On the main area of the Lake were 4 Tuftie and 6 Pochards, and at the eastern stretch of the Lake were 2 Great Crested Grebes. The gull flock on the Lake numbered at least 65 Black-headed Gulls and 9 Common Gulls.

Birds of the day, however, were 2 FIRECRESTS which were seen feeding in the bushes along a path close to the steps to the Walled Garden – the first I have ever recorded in the Park. Below is a record shot of one of them.



Warren Baker said...

Well done Simon, TWO Firecrests! Always a good feeling to get a patch tick, and what a good one to get. They are quite difficult to photograph though!

John Young said...

Hi Simon, cracking birds firecrests. Saw two foxes myself today but failed to get any photos.

Greenie said...

Simon ,
Well done with your pair of Firecrests , and the Redpoll .

Ken said...

Hi Simon. Congrats with the Firecrests.Not content with 1 you found 2. Well done.

Mike said...

Not only did you manage to see the two firecrest you managed a photo of one! Well done and keep up the excellent work with the site.

Adam said...

Well done Simon, David B told me you'd had 2x Firecrest. Am I the only blogger not to have them on my patch now! Think it's a conspiracy! I'd be interested in excat location if you could email through (



Steve said...

Well done on the Firecrests Simon, and a photo as well.Looks like you had a great day.

Steve said...

Nice one Simon. Seems a good year fro Firecrest doesn't it.

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