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.
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!