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.



Greenie said...

Simon ,
That Nuthatch shot is absolutely superb .
Well done with the Raven sighting .

Kingsdowner said...

Fine result with the raven, and some cracking photos recently.
I also look forward to seeing a map!

Warren Baker said...

Like that nuthatch shot simon! The Raven is a fantastic record, I am so envious!!!

Steve said...

Brilliant all round - great stuff Simon.

Next Event - TBA