Saturday, July 23, 2011

Saturday 23rd July 2011

After a week of heavy rain showers the morning dawned bright and sunny making for a great walk around the park. DK must have been out of the traps early this morning and neither JA or myself managed to catch him so no update of the weeks comings and goings. JA caught up with me along the main path while I watched a family party of Blackcaps in the Willows. A single female Tufted Duck and a new brood of Moorhens on Fingers was a highlight. We walked down to Meadow Lane and had half a dozen Swallows over North, chattering away. On 100 Acre big lake a single Little Egret was accompanied by 2 Green Sandpipers and a Common Sandpiper. At least 5 Lapwings were also present and a single Little Grebe was spotted. 2 more Little Grebe were on Meadow Lane GP along with the usual bumper haul of Coots and their young.

Keeping up the recent run of Kingfisher sightings we had one during our stop at Kramer hide and another later, on the south side, along the river at Fenlake.

There are still plenty of Warblers around although, apart from a couple of singing Blackcaps, they are quieter now making them harder to find. Several Chiffchaffs were heard calling and Treecreepers were heard along the navigation channel. Mute Swan numbers are increasing again with 30+ on the main lake this morning and the Common Terns, with this years youngsters are still making their presence known.

It's the guided walk tomorrow with another early start at 8am, see you there.