Friday, December 11, 2009

Thursday 10th December

It was a bright and sunny morning today. I only had time to visit the northern half of the Lake and River Len.

5 Goldcrests were calling and singing throughout the visit, a Treecreeper was seen by the pond opposite the Waterfall, lots of Siskin were seen and heard, 2 Bullfinch were noted, at least 14 Redwing passed through the park, a Jay was heard calling from the wood at the foot of Jenner’s Bank, 1 Nuthatch called from the Beech along Laurel Walk, and a Coal Tit was singing from a Yew by the Old Walled Garden.

These Jackdaws were searching for acorns on the short grass north of the River Len

A Grey Wagtail called as it flew over the Lake, a Cormorant was perched on the island next to the Weir Bridge, a Grey Heron could be seen standing on the old boating ramps, and a Little Egret was seen feeding in the pond/pool opposite the Waterfall – the first since last winter and a welcome sight...I wonder if it will stay right through the Winter like last year.

Little Egret
The Lake was quiet grebe-wise with only 1 Great Crested Grebe being seen, 11 Pochards and 14 Tufted Duck were resting on the Lake, and 2 Mute Swans were present on the boating ramps. The gull flock consisted of at least 42 Black-headed Gulls, 26 Common Gulls, and a first winter Lesser Black-backed Gull.


Warren Baker said...

I like the egret Photo Simon.
Good Goldcrest count .

Greenie said...

Simon ,
Warren took the words ouy of my mouth .
I haven't had any Siskins yet .

Ken Browne. said...

Hi Simon.
No reason why the Egret/Egret's shouldn't stay, they seem to be spreading to most places, why not there?
Nice photo's Simon.

Josh Jenkins Shaw said...

Hi Simon,
It was good to meet you last Monday. I'm off to Tudeley again today.
If you do any bat surveys next spring/summer drop us an email, I'd be interested in joining you and learning more.

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