Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Tuesday 12th May

It was a grey and very blustery day today.

5 Goldcrests could be heard singing, 8 Chiff Chaffs, 6 Blackcaps and 13 Whitethroats were singing, a Coal Tit sang from a Yew along Laurel Walk, a Pheasant called from the garden of the Old Bothy, a Jay flew from the larch copse on the Parks eastern boundary, 2 Treecreeper were noted – with 1 bird giving great views in the Oak wood by the School Lane car park, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were noted, a Grey Heron was spotted flying north high over the Park, 3 family parties of Long-tailed Tits were seen, 2 Willow Warblers could be heard singing, a single House Martin was braving the air hunting insects over the Oaks south of Mote House, a Cormorant was seen flying north, and a Lesser Black-backed Gull flew south.

A total of 8 Reed Warblers were singing from various parts around the Lake and marsh area, and of particular note on the Lake were 7 Great Crested Grebes, several Black-headed Gulls, 5 Mute Swans, and a pair of Coots was feeding their 3 young by the Weir.

Coot & young

Also seen was a Slowworm in the grassland north of the River Len between the 2 bridges, and as I was getting myself into position by a fallen willow branch to get some photos of the Coots, a Weasel popped its head up and slipped away through the nettles. Although I was able to get my camera on him I was too close for my lens to focus!

3 comments:

Warren Baker said...

You did well to see what you did in the windy conditions Simon. Pity about the Weasel!

Greenie said...

Simon ,
Unlucky with the Weasel .
Well done for what you got today .

Ken Browne. said...

Hi Simon.It might have been a blustery day, but you did exceptionally well to see what you did.

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