Hi, my name is Simon. My local patch is Mote Park, one of Kent’s largest parks and right on the edge of Maidstone, the county town of Kent. It is a former country estate, and records of the Park date back since before the 14th century. The park has a variety of habitats and this blog will note all the wildlife that I encounter in them.
A late morning wander today in wonderful sunshine saw a pair of Greylag Geese flying east over Mote Park - species number 80 for the year!!! (Note: there is a resident domestic/farmland Greylag Goose on the Lake in the park which I do not count.)
11 Blackcaps and 3 Chiffchaffs were singing, 3 Goldcrests were singing, 2 Green Woodpeckers were noted, 1 Willow Warbler was singing, 12 Whitethroats were singing in the grassland areas, 2 Pheasants called, a Stock Dove was heard, and a Treecreeper was heard singing.
8 Reed Warblers were noted singing around the Lake, 2 Grey Herons were fishing, 3 Cormorants wer seen, a Common Sanpiper was in the bay of the Lake by the Waterfall, a pair of Tufties were present on the Lake, and 12 Mute Swans were counted. At least 46 Black-headed Gulls were present on the Lake.
9 Holly Blues, 3 Orange-tips, 2 Green-veined Whites, 6 Small Whites, 5 Speckled Woods and a Peacock - the first of the year - was seen.