Hi, my name is Simon. My local patch is Mote Park, one of Kent’s largest parks and right on the edge of Maidstone, the county town of Kent. It is a former country estate, and records of the Park date back since before the 14th century. The park has a variety of habitats and this blog will note all the wildlife that I encounter in them.
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.