9 Blackcaps and 5 Chiff Chaffs were heard singing, 4 Goldcrests were noted, 5 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were heard and seen, 18 Whitethroats could be heard singing from around the grassland areas, 3 Stock Doves were heard, 4 Treecreepers were seen, 6 Swifts and 2 House Martins were seen flying above the parkland trees, 2 Pheasants called, 4 Green Woodpeckers were heard, 3 Nuthatch were seen, 2 Linnets were seen, a Garden Warbler was singing from an Oak in the Oak wood, 2 Jay were seen – with 1 bird seen flying away carrying a Blackbird’s egg – a Willow Warbler was singing from an Oak by the Pitch & Putt, and in the dense scrub at the northern edge of the grassland north of the Len a Turtle Dove could be heard singing its soft purring song – fantastic, my first bird this year and the first since 2007.
At least 7 Reed Warblers were singing, and of particular note on the Lake were 8 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Mute Swans, and 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. At least 16 Black-headed Gulls were also on the Lake.
Butterflies recorded were 2 Small Whites, 1 Common Blue, and 2 Speckled Woods, a Southern Marsh Orchid was flowering in the wetter parts of the grassland north of the River Len, a slime mould called Fuligo septica (please correct me if I am wrong) was seen growing on the fallen Beech along Laurel Walk, and young blackbirds that have just left their nests could be heard calling from the dark depths of bushes and under hedges.
For those interested, today’s Turtle Dove makes my 2009 bird patch list reach 91. So far 2009 has produced 6 firsts for me in the Park, these were: Whooper Swan, Little Gull, Lapwing, Wheatear, Firecrest and Raven.
Also, because I am not having much free time at the moment I have had to put off constructing a map of the Park until after my exams are out of the way.