Thursday, October 29, 2009

Thursday 29th October

Cappadocian Maple

The park was shrouded in mist during my early morning visit today. Despite this, lots of really good birds were seen. (Let’s hope I can locate them all again tomorrow for the walk!!)

A Treecreeper called from the largest Wellingtonia along Laurel Walk, 9 Goldcrests were noted, 2 Nuthatch called during the visit, 2 Pheasants called from the Len Valley, a flock of 18 Lesser Redpoll were feeding in a Silver Birch on the Golf Course, a total of 19 Siskin were seen throughout the visit, 2 Green Woodpeckers were heard, 3 Jays were seen busy collecting food, a Great Spotted Woodpecker called from the Balsam Poplars by the marsh area, and a Ring-necked Parakeet - the second record this year - was seen flying around the Oaks on the edge of the Railway Line. A bit of visible migration watching on the Old Showground (top playing field) produced 6 Meadow Pipits, 2 Skylark, 5 Siskin, 1 Redpoll, 4 Chaffinch, c15 Goldfinch, 1 Grey Wagtail, lots of Woodpigeon, and at least 24 Redwing.

A Grey Heron Cormorant were stood on one of the smaller islands of the Lake, a Cetti’s Warbler sang infrequently from a reedbed on the golf course side of the Lake, a Water Rail screeched from the marsh area, and 2 Grey Wagtails were seen – 1 by the Inlet, the other on the old boating ramps. Out on the Lake itself were at least 5 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Mute Swans, 57 Canada Geese, 14 Shoveler, 1 drake Pochard, and 4 Tufties. The gull flock consisted of at least 126 Black-headed Gulls and 10 Common Gulls.

Drake Shoveler


Warren Baker said...

Sounds a good day Simon. Some species there that I would love to see on my patch!

Goos luck for tomorrow.

Ken Browne. said...

Hi Simon.
Good numbers of Siskin's building up on your patch.Well done with the R/N/Parakeet

Ken Browne. said...

Have a good weekend

Next Event - TBA