Friday, May 04, 2007

Friday 4th May

A very pleasant, if somewhat chilly, walk around the park with Dave Kramer this morning. Unfortunately it now looks like both pairs of nesting Mute Swans have abandoned their nests. Following the main lake pairs lead last weekend the Finger Lake pair have also abandoned their nest.

Highlight of the morning was the 3 Common Sandpipers seen around the main lake. The first was spotted flying across the lake toward the beach corner before it turned and headed back towards the side of the lake near the visitor where we lost it behind the trees. When we reached the beach a second bird flew in and headed up the sailing club end of the lake. When we got back round to the corner nearest the pub we flushed a single bird from under the trees and then a further 2 birds a little further along. The single bird was lost behind the trees but the other two ended up on the right hand end of the grass area in front of the sailing club, giving quite good views.

Dave also had the pleasure of seeing a Hobby chasing a Sparrowhawk across the main lake but I missed them, maybe next time.

A small party of Swifts were feeding over the south side of the main lake the first multiple sighting of Swifts I have had this year. Once again the Grasshopper Warbler was absent from Fenlake but at least the boat, that was moored in the area where it was heard, has moved on so maybe it will return.

Despite the cold easterly wind only Common Terns were seen, no Black or Arctic Terns as yet.
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