It seems to have rained hard all day. This can be immensely frustrating when there are plenty of things to do outside. Sometimes though it is counter productive mucking about in the mud! So with that in mind I spent the day indoors updating our Bird guide posters that we have around the Tea Kiosk area. These are used to inform the visitors of the birds they are likely to see while sitting drinking their coffee. We hope sometime soon to improve the interpretation around the cafe area and these will be central to that.
We had our Big Bird Day here in the Park today. While we did not have huge numbers of people or birds great fun was had by all. The splendid people from the RSPB were in attendance. They gave great advice to a lot of budding young ornithologists who went away even more enthusiastic than when they came. These same young ornithologists managed to see the likes of Goldcrests and Dunnocks. Here is the full list of birds seen:
Blackbird, Black-headed gull, Blue tit, Bullfinch, Buzzard, Carrion crow, Chaffinch, Coal tit, Coot, Cormorant, Dunnock, Goldcrest, Great tit, Grey heron, Herring gull, Little grebe, Long-tailed tit, Magpie, Mallard, Marsh tit, Moorhen, Mute swan, Nuthatch, Raven, Robin, Song thrush, Woodpigeon.
A total of 27 different species of bird. Let us know if you spot any others!
Don’t forget tomorrow, Wednesday 15th February, is our big bird day. Come and see and learn about the birds we have at Prior Park. You will be able to walk around the park with members of the RSPB spotting a wide variety of birds and other wildlife. Also why not adopt one of our many a nesting boxes around the gardens. While you are at it,
you will be able to see our newly crowned champion tree, a Norway Maple that is now officially the tallest Norway Maple in the country.
Just a reminder that our Snowdrops should be looking pretty good this next week, once we have got over the cold snap. They were looking a little sad in the deep frost this morning but soon perked up in the sun. The cold weather has also meant that our bird feeders have been over run with birds. In five minutes we had numerous Great and Blue tits visiting together with Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Nuthatch, Robin and Coal tits.
On Wednesday 15th of February we are having a Bird day with the RSPB in attendance. Visitors will be able to adopt a nesting box, and thereafter be able to keep an eye out for nesting birds in their own box. I have been spending the day making boxes of various sizes and types so that we can place them around the park next week. I will keep you informed on how many are occupied in the coming months.