Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tuesday 20th October

With my morning lecture called off at ‘Uni’ this morning, I was able to make a visit to the park. It was grey and overcast throughout my visit.

A Treecreeper called along Laurel Walk, 4 Goldcrests were noted, at least 8 Jay were seen, 4 Nuthatch were heard, a Great Spotted Woodpecker called from the Oaks by the Causeway, 5 Green Woodpeckers were seen, and at least 30 Redwing passed over.

Green Woodpecker

A Grey Wagtail was seen flying over the Lake’s eastern section, 4 Cormorants were on the island next to the Weir, and 3 Grey Herons could be seen. Out on the Lake most birds were on the eastern section (viewable from the Weir and Causeway). There were at least 6 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Mute Swans, 45 Canada Geese, 16 Shoveler – the most I have ever recorded at one time - 3 Pochards, 4 Tufted Duck were present, and at least 43 Black-headed Gulls, 11 Common Gulls, and 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull were noted.

Sweet Chestnut

Also of note were huge shoals of fish in the water by the footbridge along the River Len and by the Weir.


Warren Baker said...

Grebes, shovelers, pochards tufties - oh how I wish!
Good Green woody shot!

Ken Browne. said...

Hi Simon. Nice variety of birds today. Nice photo of the female Green Pecker

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