6 Goldcrests were seen and heard, 6 Blackcap can now be heard singing, 5 Green Woodpeckers were noted, 8 Chiff Chaffs were noted, 4 Nuthatch were seen, 2 Treecreeper were singing along the River Len, 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were seen – with 1 bird spotted flying up from a old tree stump, proving how valuable decaying wood is – a Pheasant called from the rough grassland north of the Len, a pair of Pied Wagtail were picking up nesting material on the short grass in front of Mote House, and 2 Stock Doves were noted. 2 Grey Herons were perched up in the Alders along the River Len, a Grey Wagtail was seen on the old boating ramps, 3 Cormorants were perched on the island next to the Weir, and a male Reed Bunting could be heard calling from a hawthorn next to the fallen tree on the golf course side of the Lake - the first of the year.
Song Thrush (with worm)
2 Mute Swans were feeding in the marsh area of the Len, and birds of particular note on the Lake were 5 Great Crested Grebes, 9 Canada Geese, and 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Most of the gulls had flocked on the playing fields and contained at least 62 Black-headed Gulls, 11 Common Gulls, and 4 adult summer plumaged Mediterranean Gulls.
Early, or Wood, Dog Violet