Stover Country Park

A first light visit to Stover Country Park yesterday morning (6th April) found the lake covered in mist and frost underfoot, it soon cleared to glorious sunny day.

A small duck flew in across the lake, landed and turned out to be a drake Mandarin, a pair of Canadian Geese flew in and were swiftly driven off by a pair of Mute Swans. Great Crested Grebe taking nesting material to the nest where a bird already sitting tight, later seen to catch and eat a Rudd.

Around the feeders, a pair of displaying Siskins, a single Chiffchaff showed very briefly.

Good numbers of both Nuthatch and Long Tailed Tits showing well, Greater Spotted Woodpecker(s) and Green Woodpecker heard calling, Jay seen and others calling very stridently, a female Bullfinch flew over.

Heron hunting along the lake margin to the left of the hide.

Over at Trago around the lakes/ponds another Chiffchaff and two Goldcrest a small but very active Rookerywith several Rooks sitting on nests.

Back home at South Brent 4 Buzzards soaring and a female Sparrow hawk passing over head, one Heron another two Swallows seen passing by in the afternoon.

Posted April 7th, 2015 at 10:23 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News