Thursday, February 09, 2012

Yesterday (8th Feb), I had a day off on toil from work, so headed to Maidstone and visited Mote Park. It was very cold once again!!

2 Drake Goosanders

The Lake proved a real treat with 6 MALE GOOSANDERS present, an unbelievable sight! I would've been happy with the 2, let alone 6, and all males too, cor!!! Also seen were 2 Gadwall, 1 drake Teal, 2 Little Grebes, 8 Mute Swan, 32 Pochard, and 23 Tufted Duck. I was later told by a local birder that the 3 REDHEAD SMEW were seen in the afternoon - great news!

Drake Teal

Also noted during the visit were 3 Nuthatch calling, the Little Owl showed really well in the usual old oak, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers and 1 Green Woodpecker were heard, 2 Treecreepers were calling along the Len Valley, 4 Goldcrests were noted, and a few Siskins were heard.

Today (9th Feb) I have been informed that the 11 Goosanders, 6 males along with 5 females, have been frequenting between the Lake in Mote Park, and the lake at nearby Turkey Mill which can be viewed from the park itself. The Water Rail has been also seen today, plus a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker was heard drumming - fantastic news!!


Alan Pavey said...

The park is having a real purple patch, excellent.

Phil said...

I'm not surprised i'm struggling to find any Goosanders Simon. You've got them all. Great stuff!

Warren Baker said...

Crikey, Goosander fest! nice one Simon :-)

Greenie said...

Simon ,
I think I feel a visit coming on .
Nice one .

Anonymous said...

Friday 4pm

Just seen 10 Goosander in Mote Park. 6 Male/4 female. Plus 2 Little Grebe, 2 Green Woodpecker and 1 Grey Wagtail


Bill S

Simon said...

Thanks Bill, most appreciated, I'm hoping to visit the park Saturday!

Next Event - TBA