Quick Trott Round

Just a quick walk, with Monty (the Dog), around the lake this morning, unfortunately that is all I had time for, but it was a very productive one. Firstly there were 27 species counted and 3 were new for the year including pulling 2 back on my competitor.

Monty The Dog (a few years ago now, he is getting older).



The morning started with the the first bird being a single Linnet, in flight over the housing estate, but I then stumbled into a flock of 7 other birds by the Kam Tong Gardens restaurant (one of my favourite ares of the lake as it often smells wonderful) just to confirm my earlier sighting hadn't been dreamed! I quickly cleaned up on commoner species of the lake, Black Headed Gull, Coot, Moorhen, Mallard etc. before hearing the unusual call of a Water Rail coming from the reeds, I'm not talking the stuck pig alarm call but the more whistling, subtle call (I never saw it).

I continued round the lake seeing 2 Grey Heron and 4 Cormorant before hearing another Water Rail, this time the stuck pig squeal, that was being looked for by Simon, while listening for the rail and trying to see it he "pished" in a nice Male Reed Bunting for me (my 3rd new bird) haveing done so earlier for 2 males himself.

There was little else of note for the rest of the walk, but here is the full species list:

Great Crested grebe
Grey Heron
Cormorant
Mute Swan
Canada Goose
Mallard
Water Rail
Coot
Moorhen
Black Headed Gull
Wood Pigeon
Collard Dove
Pied Wagtail
Dunnock
European Robin
Blackbird
Blue Tit
Long-tailed tit
Magpie
Carrion Crow
Starling
House Sparrow
Chaffinch
Linnet
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
Reed Bunting



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