Saturday, September 18, 2010

Saturday 18th September

It was a beautiful sunny morning for my walk today.

8 Goldcrest were noted, 4 Coal Tit were heard, 3 Nuthatch were heard, 1 Treecreeper was heard, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker called, a Stock Dove sang from the Len Valley, 5 Chiff Chaff called, and a Meadow Pipit flew south. Bird of the day was a MARSH HARRIER, seen whilst standing at the top of the old Georgian Steps (the same place I saw the Honey Buzzard last year), and it was high up in a thermal moving north-east towards Bearsted.

Distant Marsh Harrier

There are very few birds on the Lake at the moment, however it was a nice surpirse to see a female Shoveler on the eastern stretch. This species of duck has become a regular autumn visitor for the past 3 years now. Also on the Lake were 2 Herring Gulls, 6 Mute Swan, and a Grey Heron was stood on the Golf Course side of the Lake.

2 Speckled Wood and 3 Small White butterflies were also seen.


Phil said...

Marsh Harrier is a great sighting Simon. Even better to get a good picture as well.

Greenie said...

Simon ,
Well done with the Marsh Harrier sighting .
Good to see Goldcrests are doing well in the park .

Warren Baker said...

Great record of the Harier Simon, had one last month, but didn't photograph it as well as you did yours :-)

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