Trip Report: Leybourne Lakes Country Park

Date: Thursday 25th April 2024

Weather: early showers clearing, mainly sunny, calm

Leybourne is well known for Nightingales, and did not disappoint. We heard the first shortly after leaving the car park, and were rarely out of earshot of a singing male. Harder to see, but towards the end one popped out onto an exposed branch and sang in full view. Blackcaps were everywhere too, and it was cheering to see other signs of summer: Swift, Swallow and House Martin.

Here’s the list, 37 in all:

Canada Goose
Greylag Goose
Egyptian Goose
Mallard
Tufted Duck
Swift
Woodpigeon
Collared Dove (h)
Coot
Little Grebe
Great Crested Grebe
Black-headed Gull
Herring Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull
Cormorant
Grey Heron
Magpie
Carrion Crow
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Swallow
House Martin
Cetti’s Warbler
Long-tailed Tit
Chiffchaff
Reed Warbler (h)

Blackcap
Garden Warbler (h)
Whitethroat (h)
Song Thrush (h)
Blackbird
Robin
Nightingale
House Sparrow
Dunnock
Grey Wagtail
Greenfinch

An unusual sight was a hunting weasel. It made two or three passes across a grassy path, finishing with an unfortunate small rodent in its jaws.