Stover Country Park ~ Great Crested Grebe chicks

Stover Country Park ~ Despite the fact that the rain set in and dampened the visit, it didn’t dampen the results or enjoyment, walking between the car park and lake a Warbler Sp high in the canopy singing well, below a male Blackcap possibly a second long with a pair of Dunnock followed by a Goldcrest.

On arrival at the lake a Mandarin drake in with some Mallard by the first view point, eventually a total of six Lesser Black Backed Gulls including one juvenile. Several Coot nests and one Mute Swan sitting.

A Mallard duck with a large brood of ducklings which were very clearly from three separate broods.

A pair of Great Crested Grebe and one solitary individual, the pair had what appeared to be three very recently hatched chicks riding on the back of one bird presumably the hen while the male went off foraging for food before returning to offer food to the chicks.

While watching a Heron broke cover from behind them and one of the park wardens pointed out a basking Red Eared Terrapin a short while later we spotted another large specimen, a Buzzard flew over the lake scattering the few gulls present.

Having discussed the absence of any Swallows over the lake, one turned up and as it circled two more, then six which in turn were followed by a mixed flock of House Martin and Sand Martin, the birds spent some time drinking from the lake surface before moving off.

The viewing platform was a nonstarter due to a tree being cut up by a chainsaw team working beside it.

Back home at South Brent on the garden feeders a Greater Spotted Woodpecker and a juvenile Siskin. This morning gave three Swifts and a large flock of very high House Martins and a pair of Rooks, one of which has taken to coming into the garden feeders for the last three days.

Posted May 8th, 2015 at 5:13 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News