Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Wednesday 15th April
Due to various commitments I was only able to make an early evening visit to the Park today. It was bright, sunny and very warm.
(Male (right) passing mud to female)
3 Goldcrests were heard, 4 Nuthatch were seen, 5 Blackcap and 3 Chiff Chaff were singing, 2 Whitethroats were singing, a Reed Warbler was singing in the marsh area, 2 Jays were seen, a Pheasant called from the wet wood along the bottom of Jenner’s Bank, 1 Pied Wagtail was seen in front of Mote House, 1 Treecreeper was heard, 2 Green Woodpeckers were heard, and a Great Spotted Woodpeckers called from the Alder Carr along the Len. Bird of the day came in the form of a RAVEN - a first for me and the Park records - which was calling as it flew west over Laurel Walk close to the entrance to the Park & Ride, WOW! Unfortunately no photos were managed.
Grey Squirrel eating Oak flowers
Birds of particular note on the Lake were 5 Great Crested Grebes, 8 Canada Geese, 2 Tufted Duck, and 2 Mute Swan. The gull flock on the Lake built up to at least 76 Black-headed Gulls, 15 Common Gulls, 5 Herring Gulls, and 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls before moving on northwards in the direction of the North Downs.
Also noted were 2 each of Orange Tip butterflies, Commas, and Peacock butterflies.