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.

2 comments:

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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