Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Wednesday 2nd February

I had no lectures at Uni today, and this meant that I could spend some of my morning in Mote Park. The temperature was a lot milder today, and the sky was rather cloudy and overcast.

Green Woodpecker

8 Goldcrests were noted, 3 Nuthatch were calling, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were drumming, a Green Woodpecker was seen in the long grassland by the Lower Bridge, in the Alders by the Lower Bridge was a flock of 40+ Siskin, and it was nice to hear 4 Mistle Thrush and 2 Song Thrush were singing.

A few of the Tufties in the forground, with Pochard at the back.

A Little Egret was feeding in the Old Pond and stream opposite the Waterfall - a first of the year for me - 4 Herring Gulls were noted flying north, and of particular note on the Lake were 4 Mute Swan, 18 Tufted Duck, and 43 Pochard - equal to the highest ever number recorded back in 2009!! The gull flock consisted of at least 90 Black-headed Gulls, 12+ Common Gulls, and 1 Mediterranean Gull.

Also noted were the first Snowdrops, growing by a log pile in the small wood between Mote House and the Old Walled Garden.


Alan Pavey said...

A nice selection of birds there Simon and a nice Green Woody pic too :-)

Warren Baker said...

43 pochard, I can only dream :-)

Mike H said...

Nice photo of the green woodpecker Simon,had one in my garden Sunday!

Greenie said...

Simon ,
Cracking shot of the Green Woodpecker . Never manage to get relly close .

Josie said...

Hi Simon,
I met on you Saturday on the walk in Tudely Woods. I was talking to some friends and they would all be very interested in joining you for a guided walk in Mote Park. Saturday morning the best time for us. Let us know if you can make one

Simon said...

Hi Josie, good to hear from you.
I will be happy to guide you and some friends around Mote Park. If you email me on, then we can organise something.

Best wishes, Simon

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