It’s a great time of the year to look out for birds in your gardens and here at Prior Park it is no exception. The leaf cover is gradually floating to earth and the birds have less places to hide. Here in the Park we have a bird feeder and the activity around it is increasing every day. Today for example in just a five minute spell we had a Nuthatch, Bullfinch, Robin, Coal tit, various Blue and Great tit visit it. Meanwhile I could hear a Pheasant, Raven and Buzzard calling, while over the past few days we have had Grey Heron, Cormorant, Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail down by the lakes. All the while our resident Tawny owl sits imperiously in its Beech tree looking down on everyone.
Don’t forget to check out The pieces about Prior Park on the Steve Yabsley show on Radio Bristo all this week. The bits will be after 1:30. Here is a link to the first show.
We had another Wildlife walk this morning. Unfortunately it was a bit overcast and cool which meant we only saw one Butterfly, a Speckled woodpecker and no Dragonflies. But we saw much evidence of Woodpecker activity in the rotten Beech by the ‘Rotten Trail’. Heard and saw a lot of Great and Blue tits and a Nuthatch down on the feeders, as well as a Raven flying over the Tea Kiosk area. But the highlight for the children, and me were 2 Common newts near the Summerhouse and this, as yet, unidentified insect (or is it a spider minus a couple of legs?). Can you help? If you know what sort it is get in touch. Thanks.
As you can see I also saw a Roe deer just before the walk.
The working day here at Prior Park has just about ended. Derek, Kirsty and Frank our dependable Thursday volunteers have all gone home after doing some very sterling work on the ‘Rotten Trail’. This is our little trail by the Summerhouse that shows how leaves and twigs break down and return to the earth as useful compost. Anyway, the trail was showing a little wear and tear and had got slightly overgrown, so with a little love and attention the trail is now as rotten as ever.
While working on the trail Kirsty noticed a fairly fresh Woodpecker hole in one of the large Beech trees we have in the area. It was probably disturbed by us working nearby.
After some very threatening black clouds this afternoon the sun has at last come out. Time to go home.