Saturday, February 13, 2010

Saturday 13th February

I was only planning on being in the park for a few hours this morning, but ended up meeting familiar and new faces and found myself chatting until lunchtime! This was because of the reported Jack Snipe which has lead to a sudden influx of birdwatchers and photographers hoping to see this little bird. Unfortunately it did not show itself all morning, from when I arrived at the pond at just gone 8am to 1pm when I left.

Golf Course side of Lake

The morning began rather dull with an overcast sky and a cold wind. By mid-morning the Sun was out and was so for a couple of hours before snow clouds loomed over the park making the temperature drop once again.

Over the whole morning 3 Goldcrests were found, 2 Coal Tits were singing, 12 Redwing and 3 Fieldfare flew through, a Bullfinch called from the scrub near the Georgian Steps, a Pheasant called from the Alder wood along the River Len, a flock of 20+ Siskin were feeding in the Alders along the Len, a Grey Wagtail was seen by the old Carriage Bridge, 3 Grey Herons were seen, 4 Nuthatch were noted, 3 Treecreeper were seen, 5 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were seen, the Little Owl was perched on the usual Oak west of Mote House, 2 Water Rails were seen, and 1 Little Egret was seen around the old pond.

Grey Heron

The gull flock on the top playing field had 21 Common Gulls, 1 rather pale juvenile Herring Gull, at least 130 Black-headed Gulls, and 1 Mediterranean Gull. Of note on the Lake was 19 Pochard, 9 Tufted Duck, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Little Grebe, and 1 Cormorant. Another Little Grebe was seen between the 2 bridges over the River Len.


Warren Baker said...

Time flies when your having fun Simon. Sure sounds like it was a lot busier birdwise on your patch than mine.

Adam said...

It's always to have bird on patch that others seem interested in! I did pop by late afternoon as had to go to Haynes so it would have been rude not to! As you mentioned the Jack was nowhere to be seen...oh well. What state of plummage was the Med Gull in? Noticed some of the Black-headed starting to get their summer hoods.


Simon said...

The Med Gull was an adult winter plumaged bird. You're right about the Black-headed gulls - I noticed an adult Common Gull the other day lacking the winter streaks around the head too.

Ken Browne. said...

Hi Simon.
You see a good bird on a couple of days and all of a sudden Mote Park has become very popular, and you haven't got it to yourself so much now.
That Jack Snipe was a great find. Well done.

Greenie said...

Simon ,
I'm so glad I made it on Friday , when Jack was showing , just .
Also glad that your walk went well .
Followed your latest report in my mind's eye , only part I couldn't was the old carriage bridge , next time .
Must admit , like Warren , I didn't recognise myself referred to as a 'gentleman' .

Next Event - TBA