Laurel Walk was simply alive with small birds, particularly Goldcrests, and over the visit I managed to tally up at least 16 birds. A Coal Tit was calling from the Yews by the Old Walled Garden, at least 10 Jay were seen, 4 Nuthatch were heard, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were noted, 3 Treecreeper were found, a Siskin was seen and heard around the Alders by the marsh area, 3 Green Woodpecker were noted, and a Chiff Chaff was seen by the Pond. There was an evident increase in Chaffinch, Goldfinch, and Song Thrush numbers, 1 Skylark and 2 Meadow Pipits were noted over the grassland areas, and as I walked by the old Ice House and Waterfall a flock of 16 Crossbill flew north over Jenner’s Bank and in the direction of Bearsted - all 3 species being new for the year.
A Grey Wagtail was seen flying over the Lake’s eastern section, the Cetti’s Warbler continued to sing from the Lakeside trees on the Golf Course side of the Lake, a Little Grebe called briefly from the reeds on the Golf Course side of the Lake, 8 Cormorants were on the island next to the Weir, and 2 Grey Herons could be seen around the Lake. Out on the Lake were at least 8 Great Crested Grebes, 5 Mute Swans, 39 Canada Geese, 7 Shoveler, 2 Pochards, 2 Tufted Duck, and at least 24 Black-headed Gulls and 5 Common Gulls were noted.