Friday, December 31, 2010

Friday 31st December

My final visit of 2010. I couldn't get into the park until lunchtime but some good birds were still found. An SMS from a local birder first thing explained that the Firecrest was by the Old Pond again, but unfortunately by the time I was able to get into the park I could not relocate it.

7 Goldcrests were noted, 2 Treecreeper were heard, 4 Nuthatch were found, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker were heard, 3 Redwing were seen, a Pheasant called from the marshy area east of the Lake, a flock of at least 14 Siskin were feeding in Alders along the bottom of Jener's Bank, a Grey Heron stood in the large Oak on the edge of the rough grassland south of the River Len, 3 Coal Tit were heard, and it was also nice to hear Song Thrush and Great Tit singing.

At the 'Old Pond' (opposite the Waterfall) it was a pleasure to meet fellow blogger Greenie (author of the brilliant 'Greenie In The Wild' blog). He quickly pointed out a Water Rail and a Grey Wagtail and, soon after explaining about the Green Sandpiper flying off, the distinctive call of the mentioned bird was heard and it soon flew into view and began feeding in the mud. After standing there for quite a while, hoping we might manage to see the JACK SNIPE, I suddenly spotted a small and stripey head amongst the tangled dead reed stems around 4 metres in front of us. After spending a while looking at 'Jack', Greenie and I bid each other farewell and I headed for the Lake.

JACK SNIPE circled in red

JACK SNIPE from the side

Of particular note on the Lake today were 4 Pochard, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 drake Gadwall, 10 Wigeon (the most ever recorded on the Lake in the Park I think) 1 Cormorant, and around 25 Common Gulls and 170 Black-headed Gulls.

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This year I finish with 92 bird species seen in Mote Park. Highlights are undoubtedly the Jack Snipe (February and December), the Wood Warbler (April), and the Marsh Harrier (September). I still haven't reached over 100 in a single year, despite the park having a list of 140+ birds seen in the past 40 years.

It has been a fantastic year for butterflies in the park, with 2 new species being recorded: the confirmed presence of Purple Hairstreaks, and a fluttering visit by a Silver Washed Fritillary on the 31st July.

I would just like to wish all who visit this blog a very happy 2011, and thank you all so much for taking the time and having a read of my blog, despite the rather irregular posts this year!


Phil said...

Hi Simon.
Well done spotting the elusive Jack and the even more elusive Greenie!
Have a great new year and here's to your 100 in the park in 2011.

Redgannet said...

Hi Simon,
it's good to see you back in the park.
Happy New Year.

Warren Baker said...

I'm sure that you'll find most of those 140 species, just keep up the visits :-)

Enjoy all the wildlife next year mate :-)

Greenie said...

Simon ,
Good to meet you again yesterday , and a big thank you for spotting 'Jack' . I could have stood there for a week without spotting him .
All the best to you and your family for the New Year , and a successful year at uni .

Bill S said...

Keep it going Simon. I might venture into the park later today to see if I can start the New Year with a Jack Snipe.

Mike H said...

Here's to a Great Year for you and Mote Park in 2011.

Hope to see you out there soon !

Paul said...

Hi Simon, nice to see that the Jack Snipe is there. I spent and hour at that spot the other day, but both myself and my son just couldn't see it. We will try again soon enough though, cheers Paul.

Bill S said...

Visited from 12.45 to 13.15 today. Green Sandpipr very active frequently flying to and from th lake. Grey Wagtail aslo active but nothing else seen apart from an aggressive Robin who seemed keen to fight the Grey Wagtail!

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