Sunday, May 15, 2011

Yesterdays dawn chorus walk went really well, with 8 people joining in the early hours. Alhtough a chilly start, with the rising of the Sun came a beautiful morning.

Overall, a very good selection of birds were heard and seen. Stock and Collared Doves were heard, and a single Turtle Dove was also noted. Goldcrests were found, and there were 2 Willow Warblers, 6 Chiffchaffs, 12 Blackcaps, 8 Whitethroats, and 4 Reed Warblers singing. Both Mistle and Song Thrushes gave great views, a Great Spotted Woodpecker gave a lovely fly-past, 3 Green Woodpeckers were heard, and a Nuthatch was seen briefly on the bough of an Oak tree.

Highlight for me was the fascinating few minutes of watching a young dog Fox on the edge of the Old Burning Yard. Although 'raw-in-tooth-and-claw', it was amazing to witness him locate and dig out a Rabbit nest chamber, eventually pulling out the kittens inside. Frustratingly, I didn't have my camera with me!


Today I couldn't get into the park until the early afternoon. The park was rather quiet bird-wise, but it was a very pleasant walk, with all the summering warbler species singing around the park. The playing fields were hosting to the park's first ever Kite Festival.

1 comment:

Greenie said...

Simon ,
I trust you are not going to do a Warren and tick those kites .
Well done with the walk , I'm sure they enjoyed it .
Things like the Fox incident ALWAYS happen when the camera ISN'T present .

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