Tuesday, 29 June 2010

29 June 2010

Another warm start to the morning but also damp after overnight rain, slight more cloud coverage, fair breeze from the west/northwest, temp 18c rising to 20c, visit from 05.45 - 07.55.

Another new brood of 8 Mallard chicks on the main lake this morning as they continue with possible second broods, again the young Swallows are by the canal buildings as I came into the bottom entrance of the park, after messing up the Canada Goose count yesterday I was a bit more careful today, total was 293 and included the hybrid CanadaxGreylag, a single Grey Heron was fishing around the boating lake as usual and a pair of Tufted Duck on here with another 16 on the main lake, the usual 4 Great Crested Grebe on the boating lake and 14 on the main lake with possibly 3 pairs nesting, Black-headed Gulls continue to go through north with 12 today, a total of 35 Mute Swans on the main lake including the single cygnet, 20+ Swifts over the main lake, a couple of Lesser Black-backed Gulls went through, 4 Greylag Geese seemed to have joined in with the Domestic flock, a single Blackcap was singing around the boating lake.
The pair of Shoveler were on the middle pool in the nature reserve and a couple of Reed Warblers on the top pool, 2 Stock Doves on the old gas works and a single male Bullfinch flew over, also a couple of Collared Doves here as well, on the old sewage works a single Whitethroat and a family party at the opposite end plus a juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker in a Birch tree.

Total species seen 37.

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