The moth trap was on overnight and produced 170 moths including 2 new for the year a Brindled Pug, earlier than expected and an Early Grey, making the total 22 species for the year so far. As we finished the moths we heard Starlings and saw them wheeling around in a tight group, out of the mist came 2 Sparrowhawks which headed off in different directions. A Siskin called as it flew over as did a couple of noisy Greylags. I headed as ever to the lake, I met Stephen coming up from the fields, we did a quick scan of the lake before we got close and found 6 Greylags and a pair of Mandarin, the first for me for a while, the Mandarin flew to a nearby tree then disappeared into the wood. Standing by the lake we could hear at least 2 Chiffchaff, a couple of Treecreeper and Nuthatch, a Mistle Thrush and a few other of the commoner species, there were 2 more Greylags on the bottom lake. Stephen continued through the wood and I went on towards the park field, I followed a couple of Bullfinches along the hedge, which made a total of 7 this morning in all, a Collared Dove called as I neared the car park and another single Siskin flew over.
|View across Park Field|