Tuesday, 24 April 2012

24 April 2012

Last couple of days have been fairly quiet around the park as we await the arrival of the last of the migrants, over the next week we should see the arrival of Swift, Sedge Warbler & Reed Warbler which will complete the migrant list for the year, hopefully a couple of extras will make an appearance like last years Wheatear and Yellow Wagtails.

This morning Nick added Pochard and Jackdaw to the April list so I made a afternoon visit to see if the Pochard was still present and hoping for the first Swift of the year, it was a lovely afternoon with a temp of 15c, it felt much warmer with the sun on your back, a light SW breeze, visit from 16.15 til 18.30.

Five Chiffchaff were singing from various parts of the park along with five Blackcap and just two Willow Warbler were singing, a couple of Mistle Thrush were on the playing field, most of the Mute Swans were on the boating lake with a total of 13 on both lakes, well down on the last few weeks. also on the main lake, 26 Tufted Duck, two of the three Pochard from this morning and an impressive count of nine Great Crested Grebe, eight Swallow were over the main lake with 20+ House Martin but sadly no Swift, surely over a matter of a day or two before the first one arrives.

Along the canal side of the main lake a male Reed Bunting but no sign of the female I had with it the previous day and as I was leaving 13 Lesser Black-backed Gulls landed on the main lake along with three Black-headed Gulls.

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