Saturday, June 06, 2009

Thursday 4th & Friday 5th June

Apologies for the delay in posting. I visited the park Thursday evening with a firend to look for bats. It was, unfortunately, a full moon which meant fewer bats were out on the wing than usual. We found 5 species, which were Noctule, Soprano and Common Pipistrelles, Serotine and Daubenton's, and we enjoyed brilliant views of a Little Owl perched by a hole in an Oak, and we heard calls from Little Owl and Fox too.

Friday morning I popped into the park for a quick walk along the River Len and eastern edge of the Lake. Conditions weren't brilliant with a light drizzle gradually moving in throughout the walk.

2 Blackcap were singing, 2 Goldcrest were singing by the old Walled Garden, a Stock Dove was heard calling, 8 Whitethroat could be heard singing, 2 Green Woodpeckers were seen in the grassland north of the Len, a Willow Warbler could be heard singing from the Golf Course, a Grey Wagtail called as it flew over the Weir, and a Turtle Dove was purring from the scrub at the top of the grassland north of the Len.

7 Reed Warblers were noted around throughout, a Grey Heron was standing on the Golf Course edge of the Lake, and of particular note on the Lake were 3 Mute Swan, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, and 1 Med Gull.


Also seen were 5 adult and 2 young Slowworms in the grassland north of the Len.


Warren Baker said...

Like the Slow Worm Simon.

Greenie said...

Simon ,
Great to get five species of Bat in one session .
Do you find the Slow Worms in the open or under materials ?

Simon said...

Greenie - the Slowworms are mainly under material.

Ken Browne. said...

Hi Simon. Like Greenie said, you did well getting 5 species of Bat, well done.

Warren Baker said...

Hi Simon.
The weather looks to be cheering up for saturday. I seem to have not saved you email address! get in touch and i'll give you directions to my house.

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