Sunday, March 25, 2012
Another beautiful day to visit Mote Park!
Not long after I had entered the park, I was greeted with the lovely fluty notes of a Blackcap - first of the year, and the first of 2 birds today. It was great to also hear 6 Chiffchaffs too, up from 2 yesterday! 5 Stock Doves were noted, 1 Jay was seen, 3 Treecreepers were heard, 4 Goldcrests were singing, 1 Green Woodpecker yaffled, a Pheasant called from the marsh at the east end of the Lake, and a Sparrowhawk called near Jenner's Bank.
11 Mute Swans were gathered on the Lake, along with 3 Great Crested Grebes. The Black-headed Gull flock on the eastern section of the Lake held several Common Gulls, 9 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Herring Gulls, and 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull. It was fantastic to hear a Kingfisher call as it flew west over the new bridge and along the Mote House side of the Lake - only the second record this year.
The New Bridge
(replacing the old flood-prone Weir bridge)