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)


Greenie said...

Simon ,
The new bridge looks very smart , they were working on that when I was last at the Park for the Goosander .

Mike H said...

My first view of the new bridge Simon as have been away. It will be worth all the money spent if it attracts regular kingfishers!

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Warren Baker said...

Good to see the Blackcaps are spreading through the county Simon :-)...Swallows next?

Anonymous said...

Sunday morning 8th April, swan tangled in fishing line, struggling and being "bullied" by male swan. Kent wildlife rescue service called and on their way. About time something was done about this, seen several dead birds in the last few years tangled in line.

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