7 Goldcrests were seen, 2 Green Woodpeckers were heard, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker were noted, 3 Nuthatch were seen, 2 Treecreeper were heard along the Len, at least 20 Siskin were seen, a Pheasant called from the Alder Carr, 3 Stock Dove were seen, 2 Coal Tits could be heard singing, and a female Sparrowhawk was spotted soaring high in a thermal over Jenner’s Bank.
A Kingfisher was seen several times along the River Len, 2 Grey Herons were seen, a Little Grebe called from the marsh area, and 2 Grey Wagtails were seen – 1 by the Pond and 1 down by the old carriage bridge.
Birds of the day, however, were spotted on the Lake. Amongst the flock of at least 117 Black-headed Gulls and 31 Common Gulls were 9 Mediterranean Gulls – the first this year, (1 bird could be seen by the feeding area, often making short flights over to the Turkey Mill Pond) – and 2 LITTLE GULLS – a first for me in Mote Park! Unfortunately, as I raised my camera up to my eyes a dog decided to launch itself into the water spooking the whole flock up into the air.Other birds of particular note on the Lake were 6 Pochard, 8 Tufted Duck, 2 Mute Swans, and 4 Great Crested Grebes.