More and more birds are joining the dawn chorus now, and this morning it was fantastic to find 3 warbler species. The most numerous were the Chiff Chaffs, with 9 birds in total being recorded around the park. As I approached the boundary of Mote Cottage, the rich fruity notes of a male Blackcap (72) began to rise from a ivy-clad Ash tree – the first of 2 individuals noted today, the other being heard in the trees behind the old pond. The third warbler to be found was a Willow Warbler (73). I absolutely love the song of the Willow Warbler so it was a joy to find a male singing from the willows next to the Inlet on the eastern section of the Lake.
Other notable species were 5 Treecreepers singing, 4 Goldcrests, 4 Nuthatch were heard, 9 Redwing was spotted passing through heading east, 3 Jays were seen, 5 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were drumming first thing, 3 Green Woodpeckers were noted, and the Little Owl was in its usual Oak tree. At least 21 Mediterranean Gulls were roosting on the Old Showground (top playing field) with at least 130 Black-headed Gulls and 18 Common Gulls, and more Meds could be heard amongst gulls flying over and above the playing fields too!!
Old Showground - the top playing field
A Grey Heron was seen flying east over the valley of the River Len, 2 Cormorants were spotted flying north, and on the Lake were at least 5 Great Crested Grebes, 5 Mute Swans, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were with the handful of Black-headed and Common Gulls, and a Greylag Goose – possibly one of the birds from Tuesday – was following the domestic Greylag/farmyard Goose around. (For the past 3 years there has been a resident pair of domestic farmyard/Greylag Geese on the Lake – which I do not record on my patch year list.
Horse Chestnut bud
Also of note were Mistle Thrush and Treecreeper carrying nesting material, Starlings were watched investigating possible nest sites, frogspawn could be found in the old pond, and the buds of the Horse Chestnuts have begun to open.