Monday, April 25, 2011

There was a cool breeze this morning making the temperature feel a little lower than what it has been, but it was once again a wonderfully sunny day.


13 Blackcaps, 6 Chiffchaffs, and 15 Whitethroats were singing throughout the Park, a Willow Warbler was singing from the scrub area opposite the Lake's Inlet, and 7 Reed Warblers were singing around the Lake.

Lesser Black-backed Gull

2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 3 Herring Gulls flew north, 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were noted - with 1 individual drumming from an old Horse Chestnut - 3 Green Woodpeckers were heard, 3 Pheasants were noted, 2 Nuthatch were calling, 3 Treecreepers were singing, 2 Coal Tits was singing from around the Old Gardens (yew wood between Mote House and the Old Walled Garden), 2 Bullfinch were calling along Laurel Walk, 3 Goldcrests were singing, a male Linnet was displaying in the Old Cattle Area (largest area of rough grassland), and 2 Reed Buntings were singing by the Lake - 1 from the 'marsh' where the River Len enters the Lake, and the second was on the Pitch & Putt side of the Lake.

Great Crested Grebe

Of particular note on the Lake were 6 Great Crested Grebes, 12 Mute Swans, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, and around 35 Black-headed Gulls. A Grey Heron called from the 'marsh', and a Cormorant was perched on the island next to the Weir bridge.


A lunchtime visit produced many butterflies with 5 Red Admirals - the first of the year - being the highlight. Also noted were 3 Green-veined Whites, 12 Speckled Woods, 6 Orange-tips, 2 Peacocks, and a few Small Whites.

It is also worth noting that a new water sports business has been set up on the old boating ramps, allowing the public to go out onto the water in rowing boats. Although fantastic and a fun experience for the public, I wonder how this will affect nesting birds this year, particularly the grebes?!


Alan Pavey said...

Hi Simon, I hope the boating doesn't afeect the birds too much, a great selection of wildlife there :-)

Warren Baker said...

I could do with a Reed Warbler or two here Simon! I Like the LBB Gull photo :-)

Warren Baker said...

I could do with a Reed Warbler or two here Simon! I Like the LBB Gull photo :-)

Phil said...

The boats might not make too much difference Simon. There's 50 motor boats on Bewl Water, as well as yachts, windsurfers etc. but the Grebes seem to do OK.

Mike H said...

Nice flight shot of the LBB Simon like you I hope the boats don't cause to much of a distubance.

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