Tuesday, 3 April 2007

Species Count at the Park

I'm trying to get in one a week for the rest of the season, just something so I'm able to put an authentic list on the white board in the visitor centre. We're poorly covered by the local birding fraternity so the duty falls down on only a couple of us.

Only 27 species today, down from the mid-30s average, didn't even hear the Green Woodpecker. I put it down to a combination of grotty weather and all the kids around the park during their school holidays. Best birds? Chiffchaff, Bullfinch, Skylark, Yellowhammer.
Three Coot have joined the Mallards and Mute Swan on the small lake so we'll look forward to them nesting.

A couple a years ago we had two pairs who clearly patrolled a boundary that ran dead centre down the lake. It was always rather comical to watch their tactical postures as a bird from either pair approached too close to the frontier.

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