Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Tuesday 21st April

It was another beautiful, sunny spring morning today – t-shirt weather.

11 Blackcaps were heard singing, 6 Chiff Chaff were singing, 6 Goldcrests were noted, 6 Whitethroats were singing in the grassland areas, a Pheasant called from the wood by the Old Bothy, 3 Green Woodpeckers called, 4 Jays were seen, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls flew north, 2 Nuthatch were heard singing, 2 Linnets were in the scrub area opposite the Inlet, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers could be heard drumming, 2 Kestrels were seen, the Little Owl was perched in its hole in the usual Oak, and 2 Willow Warblers were singing.

Little Owl

A Grey Heron and a Kingfisher were noted along the River Len, and a Reed Warbler and 2 Mute Swans were in the marsh area. Of particular note on the Lake were a total of 12 Great Crested Grebes displaying and fighting, 5 Canada Geese and a pair of Tufted Ducks.

Orange-tip butterfly egg on Cuckoo Flower

A Slowworm was seen in the Long Valley, 1 Rabbit was spotted along Laurel Walk, and 3 Small Whites, 12 Orange Tips, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Holly Blue, 5 Peacocks, and 9 Speckled Woods were seen, and a cat was spotted along the Long Valley.



Mike H said...


More great photos !

Is the walk on Sunday or Saturday as the Mid kent website says Saturday?

Greenie said...

Simon ,
Nice one with the Orange Tip egg .
Let's hope all species get some of this weather this Summer .

Warren Baker said...

Like that Little Owl simon. That cat was best ''potted'' as well!

Ken Browne. said...

Hi Simon.
Like the photo of the Little Owl peeping out of it's hidy hole.
I have heard of Potted Shrimp, but never potted cat.
Nice variety of birds today.

Simon said...

Mike, the walk is definately on the Sunday - they have had a last minute swap round.

Mike H said...

Thanks Simon

Hope to meet you there

Charlie P said...

Hi Simon, great to hear what's going on in Mote Park. Well done on the Raven!
Thought you might be interested: I walked around Langley Park Farm and Kingswood the other weekend, for old times' sake, and blogged about it at SV Birds. Nothing earth-shattering, but I'd be interested to know if you or any of your blog's readers know anything about recent sightings in these areas. I'm sure there's more there to be seen, but I'm not around enough to find out for myself.

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