Thursday, 15 April 2010

15 April 2010

Left the house nice an early this morning, 06.00, it was cold, dry and bright with a light ground frost, there was no wind of note, fingers crossed we will have some rain over the weekend and hopefully something dropping in.
Along the canal the Grey Wagtail was singing on the wires and a Swallow was flying in an out of the old pottery buildings.
Again as I entered the park both Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff were singing only saw two Willows all visit and a total of five Chiffchaffs.
Walked through the back wood and over the grass mound and then down along the old railway sidings, very little of note except a Blackcap (in total 3 seen) singing by the sidings.
On the model boating lake, just 2x Mute Swans and the usual 2x Great Crested Grebes.
On the main lake, 12x Mute Swans, 6x Great Crested Grebes, 27x Tufted Ducks and the male Shoveler, a adult Herring Gull briefly landed on the water with the Lesser Black-backed Gulls, along the grass verge 4x Little Ringed Plovers where flying around and displaying. As we walked along the bank towards the sidings a Sparrowhawk flew over.
In the wood/pools area it was rather quiet, the pair of Teal where on the middle pool, Blackcap, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaffs where singing. At the top of the main lake a Reed Bunting was calling and on the old gas works 5x Stock Doves where on the pylons.

In total 39 species were seen.


  1. A good read again Chris. A Quick question along the canal can you still get to the sewrage pans i remember as a kid going there a few times

  2. Thanks Paul, glad you enjoy the blog and sorry I havn't replied sooner but the truth is i've only just seen your comment, yes you can have alook at the old sewage works or whats left of them its all overgrown now and the pans have gone, has turned up a few migrants over the years, always worth alook esp at this time of year.


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