Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Tuesday 18th August

It was lovely and sunny during my walk this morning, which covered the areas north of the Lake and River Len. The park was very quiet bird-wise.


4 Goldcrests and 2 Coal Tits were noted along Laurel Walk, and a Stock Dove called from the Yew wood east of Mote House. The eastern edge of the Lake held a few warbler species including 3 Blackcap, 4 Chiff Chaff, 2 Willow Warbler, and 2 Reed Warblers. Along the Len Valley 3 Nuthatch could be heard calling, as could 2 Treecreeper, and there were several groups of Long-tailed Tits passing through as well. A Green Woodpecker called briefly from the grassland north of the Len, and 2 young Sparrowhawks could be heard calling from the wood next to the old carriage bridge.

A Kingfisher was heard along the eastern edge of the Lake and 2 Grey Herons were perched on the golf course side of the Lake. On the Lake were at least 5 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Mute Swans, 7 Canada Geese, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, and at least 16 Black-headed Gulls were noted.

2 Red-eared Terrapins were laying on the fallen tree on the golf course side of the Lake, butterflies seen were 2 Holly Blues, 1 Common Blue, 4 Painted Ladies, 2 Meadow Browns, 4 Gatekeepers, lots of Small Whites, 1 Comma and 6 Speckled Woods. 1 Migrant and 2 Southern Hawkers were spotted, a female Common Darter was seen by the polars north of the marsh area, and a female Banded Demoiselle was seen as it quickly ‘fluttered’ past the old carriage bridge, and 1 adult Slowworm was seen in the grassland north of the Len.



Warren Baker said...

Now you've recorded Honey Buzzard, will your visits ever be the same Simon. :-)

Greenie said...

Simon ,
Your Gatekeeper looks as if it has taken a couple of bird strikes .
Been a shortage of Holly Blues this season .

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