Trip reports

Morning visit to Leybourne Lakes Country Park

House martin in flight

Wednesday, 19 May 2021

The weather forecast was cloudy with showers, and that's what it looked like as the four of us arrived at this country park near Maidstone, but in fact we had a largely sunny and dry morning. We came for nightingales, and sure enough we heard several singing males and were lucky enough to have excellent views of one of them. That was the highlight, but we also had a good variety of other species including a solitary hobby, large numbers of swifts, swallows and martins, and a rare sight of a Cetti's warbler.

The full list:. mute swan & cygnets, Canada goose, greylag goose, mallard, tufted duck, coot and chicks, moorhen, little grebe, great crested grebe, cormorant, sparrowhawk, hobby, buzzard, herring gull, black-headed gull, woodpigeon, collared dove, swift, house martin, sand martin, swallow, wren, dunnock, robin, nightingale, blackbird, song thrush, mistle thrush (h), reed warbler (h), chiffchaff, Cetti's warbler, whitethroat, blackcap, blue tit, great tit, long-tailed tit, starling, jay, carrion crow, magpie, house sparrow, chaffinch, greenfinch, bullfinch, goldfinch.
45 species in total. Not bad for a country park popular with dog walkers.

(h) - heard, not seen.