Monday, March 30, 2009

Monday 30th March

This is my 200th post, and last visit of the month. The Park was bathed in warm spring sunshine during my visit today.


9 Chiff Chaff were heard singing, 5 Goldcrest were noted, 7 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were seen and heard, 4 Nuthatch were seen, 3 Treecreeper were heard, 3 Blackcap were singing, 5 Green Woodpeckers were seen, a male Sparrowhawk flew over the River Len, 2 Pheasants called, 5 Jay were seen, 2 Pied Wagtails were spotted flying south, a Siskin flew east, 7 Stock Dove were noted, and bird of the day – a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker – which was heard drumming on one of the Oaks on the golf course. I haven’t heard or seen a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker yet this spring and I was beginning to worry that 2008 was their last year in the Park, so locating this bird today is a big relief!!


A Grey Heron could be seen in the marsh area, 2 Kingfisher and 2 Grey Wagtail were spotted along the River Len, 3 Cormorants were perched on the island next to the Weir, and a Little Egret was hunting along the “un-named” stream.

Little Egret

Birds of particular note on the Lake were 6 Great Crested Grebes, 7 Canada Geese, 3 Tufted Duck, and 2 Mute Swans. The gull flock contained at least 60 Black-headed Gulls, 8 Common Gulls, 9 adult summer plumaged Mediterranean Gulls, 1 adult Herring Gull, and 2 adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

Wood Anemone

Several Bumblebees and Honeybees were seen.

Honeybee on Coltsfoot


Warren Baker said...

Well done with the lesser spot. Simon. A good record. looks like you had a more productive visit than me today.

PS how about calling the 'un-named' stream, The Egret Stream ?

Greenie said...

Simon ,
Congrats on No.200 , and a good mix of birds as well .

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