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Friday 4th May 2018 - 06:30 to 09:00 This   is   a   fascinating   and   frantic   time   of   year   for   our   birds.   We   made   the   effort   and started   early   on   a   beautiful   sunny   morning.   There   were   plenty   of   bird   songs   and calls   in   the   park.   Several   of   the   water   birds   have   brought   their   families   out   into   the open. A   pair   of   Mallard   Ducks    have   six   ducklings   (slideshow   above).   It   was   difficult to   work   out   how   many   families   of   Canada   Geese    there   are;   but   at   least   three   with numbers   of   goslings   from   one   to   six   in   each   group   (slideshow).   The   Egyptian Goose   goslings    are   nearly   as   big   as   their   parents   and   almost   indistinguishable from   them   as   they   are   moulting   into   their   first   full   plumage.   One   of   the   young seemed   to   be   missing;   but   it   could   have   been   elsewhere.   The   Great   Crested Grebe    is   still   sitting   on   their   nest. At   first   we   could   not   see   the   other   partner.   In   due course   we   found   it   (slideshow).   Hopefully   they   will   be   successful.   For   the   first   time for   several   visits   we   saw   a   Kingfisher.    It   flew   out   of   a   bush   close   to   us   on   the   bank of   the   lake.   In   all   we   saw   it   three   times   but   not   for   long.   There   was   a   commotion   in one   of   the   trees   nearby.   There   was   a   magnificent   Sparrowhawk    sitting   out   in   the open    in    full    sunlight.    It    stayed    for    a    while    for    us    to    photograph    and    admire (slideshow).   The   Bluebells,    Cowslips   and   Primroses   are   out.   Many   of   the   trees   are in   blossom;   the   Horse   Chestnut   and   a   pale   blue   Rhododendron   were   particularly pretty.    Speckled    Wood    butterflies     were    warming    up    in    the    morning    sun (slideshow). A full list of the birds seen in Worth Park is given in the Bird Table .
Our member Tom Howard-Jones wrote:
10th June 2018
Saturday 12th May 2018 - A casual walk around the park this morning
Sunday 10th June 2018 - 07:15 to 09:15 Families, Reunions and a New Bird Early   it   was   unexpectedly   chilly.   When   we   reached   the   lake   there   was   surprisingly   not a   single   bird   to   be   seen.   As   we   searched   and   the   day   warmed   up   more   birds   came into   view.   There   were   more   House   Sparrows    and   Starlings    than   usual   feeding   on the   lawns.      Family   groups   of   Blue,   Great   and   Long-tailed   Tits    were   calling   and being   fed   in   the   trees.   Two   families   of   Mallard   Ducks    were   on   the   lake.   One   had well-grown    juveniles    and    the    other    was    made    up    of    very    young    ducklings.   The Canada   Goose    goslings   are   nearly   as   big   as   their   parents   and   are   starting   to   get their   adult   colouring. A   Coot    was   guarding   a   small   chick. The   Egyptian   Goslings    are almost   fully   grown   and   are   beginning   to   separate   from   their   family   group.   It   is   good   to see   the   general   breeding   success   after   the   problems   in   the   lake   last   year.   We   saw one   of   the   Great   Crested   Grebes .   There   was   no   sign   of   the   other   and   the   nest   was not   occupied.   It   seems   that   they   have   not   produced   young   this   year.   Jackdaws    were noisily   harrying   any   Crows    that   came   near   to   their   territory.   We   saw   a   Grey   Heron    on the   lake   and   several   Swifts    were   flying   high   above.   It   is   a   long   time   since   we   have seen   either   of   these.   Two   Terrapins    were   hauled   out   on   one   of   the   islands.   There was   a   dead   fox   cub   by   the   side   of   the   path.   We   caught   a   brief   sighting   and   heard   the distinctive   call   of   a   Green   Woodpecker    as   it   was   frightened   off   the   main   lawn   by   an uncontrolled   dog.   That   is   a   new   bird   for   our   park   list   -   a   pity   that   we   did   not   get   a longer view. A full list of the birds seen is given in the Bird Table .
There is a family of Coots  with 4 very new chicks swimming in the lake. It seems that they first appeared yesterday. That is good news after the problems of last year. The pair of Mallards  still have 6 ducklings. It now looks like one of the juvenile Egyptian Geese  has gone missing. There are 10 young with the pair of adults. There are some 10+ Canada Geese  goslings in different groupings. A young Robin  was being fed by an adult in the bushes. A Kingfisher  flew up from the lake with a fish and went out of the park. There are Moorhens  around but no signs yet of any young ones. The Great Crested Grebe  is still sitting on the nest and the partner is still in the lake.
Baby    Coot,    young    Canada    Geese,    Grey    Heron    by    Tom    Howard-Jones, bluetits just flown the nest photos by Ingrid Payne.,
12th May 2018 7th July 2018
Saturday 7th July 2018 - 07:00 to 08:30 The cool shade was welcome even at this early hour. One of the first birds that greeted us was a Chaffinch . A bird that, sadly, we do not see so often now. There was an armada of 30 Canada Geese  drifting across the lake. The juveniles are almost identical to the adults now. We found only one Egyptian Goose.  The rest of the family may have dispersed - or just been hiding. One adult Great Crested Grebe   is still present. A Mallard  had a brood of 3 young ducklings. A large Terrapin was out of the water on a stump at the very edge of the lake. It slid into the water as we approached. It was a quiet time for birds. A lovely morning for a walk nonetheless. A full list of the birds seen is given in the Bird Table .