Sunday, 29 April 2012

29 April 2012

A horrid morning to walk around the park, it was heavy rain for the entire visit and with a moderate NE wind the temp was only 5c with a wind chill of -1!!! visit from 05.45 til 07.45.

Two Little Ringed Plover were on the grass bank but no sign of the third from yesterday, just four Mute Swan now remain with a pair in the reserve and a pair at the top of the main lake, this pair have left the previous nest and made a new one a bit further along, 15 Starling were feeding on the playing field, at least they were enjoying this weather as it helped them get the grubs as they are brought to the surface with the heavy rain, on the main lake, 21 Tufted Duck and just three Great Crested Grebe, not surprisingly Warblers were thin on the ground this morning with just four Blackcap, a Chiffchaff, two Willow Warbler and still the single Whitethroat on the old sewage works.

A Common Sandpiper was along the edge of the boating lake, probably the same one I had seen yesterday afternoon, the only bird of note in the reserve was a single Jay that had us guessing for a few minutes with a unusual call, lastly back over the main lake and a group of 32 Swallow went through.

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