Monday, 20 August 2012

Kingfisher in the Park......

It's been a while since we have posted. We really got caught up in the Olympics so as it's pretty quiet on the Birding front we concentrated on that and then this is a busy time of year family wise, with loads of Birthdays and the like!

So having had very busy days we just decided to walk up to Haden Hill Park on Sunday afternoon.

We made straight for the lower pool in case the Kingfishers were about, we hung around for a while (had a coffee) and apart from the Mallards, Coots and Moorhens

only the Dragonflies were giving a display, most seem to be laying eggs, but knowing very little on this front, some of you experts out there could probably say if this is the right behaviour for that or not:

We were just about to wander off, a flash of blue went screaming across the pool and perched some distance away from us:

I was delighted as this is the first time that Tina had seen a Kingfisher at Haden Hill.. Result! We tried to get closer but every time we moved so did he! It was just great to see him.

The only other sighting of note was a crow in a tree near the lower pool, feasting on a small bird it had picked up:

We then went for a wander around the nature reserve, this was pretty quiet until we got to the top end not far from the hall. Here we were treated  to a number of Nuthatches, Blackcap, Blue Tits, Great Tits and Long Tailed Tits, swooping around catching insects on the wing. I had never seen this behaviour from Nuthatches, although they kept close to the trees, whereas the Tits were coming within a few feet of us and grabbing what they could!

So to celebrate a nice walk, we wandered back via the Ice Cream van up by Haden Hill House and walked home a great couple of hours!

The list for the park:
Blackbird, Blackcap, Black-Headed Gull, Blue Tit, Crow, Chaffinch, Common Gull, Coot, Great Spotted Wood Pecker, Great Tit, Jay, Kingfisher, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Long-tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Mistle Thrush, Moorhen, Nuthatch, Robin, Feral & Woodpigeon.

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