Saturday, 19 May 2012

New Shoots at Oak Road Lake


A cold, breezy and cloudy afternoon, we head to Oak Road Playing Fields. The reeds are sprouting fresh shoots, contrasting with the old russet stems. As we walk around the lake, we hear at least four male Reed Warbler singing from deep in the reeds. We manage to see a couple feeding on the reeds and willows fringing the lake.
The Mute Swan pair are now incubating on their large nest amongst the reeds. Access to the nest has been blocked up with willow branches to minimise disturbance by passers by, as it is quite visible from the path. We leave the swan snoozing and carry on. Chiffchaffs, Blackbirds, Robins and a Mistle Thrush sing on the wood by the river Hull.
On the water, the two pairs of Coots are busy feeding their young.

Two young rabbits
Coot with young

Bird List

  1. Blackbird
  2. Blue Tit
  3. Carrion Crow
  4. Chaffinch
  5. Chiffchaff
  6. Collared Dove
  7. Coot
  8. Dunnock
  9. Feral Pigeon
  10. Goldfinch
  11. Great Spotted Woodpecker
  12. Great Tit
  13. Herring Gull
  14. House Sparrow
  15. Lesser Black-backed Gull
  16. Linnet
  17. Magpie
  18. Mallard
  19. Mistle Thrush
  20. Moorhen
  21. Mute Swan
  22. Reed Warbler
  23. Robin
  24. Starling
  25. Swift
  26. Woodpigeon
  27. Wren

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