Sunday, 22 April 2012

22 April 2012

A late evening visit around the park, after all the cold and rainy weather of the last week it was a lovely evening, the temp was a pleasant 13c with a light WNW breeze, visit from 18.30 til 19.55.

Although you don't normally hear as many Warblers in the evening as the morning, it wasn't too bad this evening, apart from just two Willow Warblers around the park, their was a decent count of Blackcap (seven) and Chiffchaff (eight). Mute Swans have dropped off with just ten, as well as the pair in the reserve another pair have built a huge nest at the top of the main lake, this pair normally breed on the nearby Festival Park marina so it will be interesting too see how they get along. A couple of Black-headed Gulls were on the main lake with six adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls, also on and around the main lake, 29 Tufted Duck, six Great Crested Grebe, twelve Swallow. two House Martin and the two Common Sandpiper that Nick had seen earlier in the day were still around.
Good news was the first young Coots of the year had hatched with two on the first nest and one already out on the second as the parent helped the other eggs out as they hatched.

A couple of Willow Tit were along the sidings and a Treecreeper by the second gate of the nature reserve, a bit further along and the recent bad weather had brought one of the trees down across the path.

On the old sewage works a single Great Spotted Woodpecker and two Mistle Thrush, lastly as I was leaving four Pied Wagtail were on the playing field.

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