Friday, 6 May 2011

06 May 2011

Now you may think that with no blog yesterday it was due to me being at work, wrong, I was at Westport early morning as usual due to a early finish at work, the reason for no blog was it would really have just been a repeat of the previous day, and after a while with nothing new happening it gets a bit boring writing about the same stuff all the time.

Now this morning I was hoping for something special, at last we had some rain and with south easterly winds to boot everything was set for something new, the temp had picked up to 13c and the visit was from 06.00 til 08.15.

As I entered the park a Great Spotted Woodpecker was calling by the small wood, the playing field held 31 Starlings, 2 Mistle Thrushes, 25 Canada Geese with a total of 19 Goslings now about and the Domestic Geese with 8 young, I think this is the most I've ever seen on here although I've seen more exciting stuff in the past, on the boating lake a pair of Tufted Duck with another 6 on the main lake and 5 Mute Swans, the resident pair were in the nature reserve, a couple of Pied Wagtails were on the grass bank and another couple on the gas works, sadly the only highlight of the day was a single Common Sandpiper feeding near Ted Heath Rocks before flying to the top end of the main lake, a good count of Great Crested Grebes with 8 on the main lake, quite a few Swallows were going through in small groups and small numbers of Lesser Black-backed Gulls were flying over as well as 2 Black-headed Gulls with another single going through later, Warbler numbers have dropped slightly as they enter there breeding phase, 5 Chiffchaffs, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, just 2 Blackcaps, 6 Whitethroats a single Willow Warbler and the Grasshopper Warbler still reeling were the total numbers, a good count of 18 Swifts were over the main lake later, a single Collared Dove on the sewage works, a few House Martins went over the main lake later and as I was leaving I noticed a couple of Moorhen chicks feeding along the edge of the boating lake.

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