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The (Small) Big Bird Day

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!

You can see Black-headed gull, Marsh tit and Coot in the pictures below


Autumn

It seems quite a while since I last filled in this Blog. Anyway Autumn is well and truly with us. The Park is looking magnificent with the wonderful palette of colours that abound at this time of year. It is a shame the sun isn’t shining all the time to truly bring out the colours.

At last the grass growth is slowing down, we seem to have been cutting grass forever this year. In fact every thing seems to have grown really well, even the Laurel which we pruned only a few weeks ago has continued to shoot up, so we are having to re-prune some bits.

Autumn is a great time to see all the wildlife around the Park with the leaves falling it is that much easier to see things. On a short walk around the Lakes today I saw; A Kingfisher, Grey Heron, 2 Little grebes, Mallards, Coots, Moorhens, Black-headed gulls, Herring gulls and around the feeders ; Nuthatch, Marsh tit, Coal tit, Blue tit, Great tit, and the usual bold Robin. Meanwhile Buzzards and Ravens soared up above.

All the while we battle with the falling leaves, blowing, raking  and shifting them, only for more to take their place,

Autumn in Prior Park. One of the Little grebe on the Bottom Lake


Bullfinch and Tawny owls

A Blue tit in Prior Park

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.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00kqs43


Squirrels, Green woodpeckers and lofty Herons

A quick update on what has been going on for the past couple of weeks. The work in the garden has been progressing nicely. The main emphasis being on Laurel pruning, which is drawing to an end but we still have more to do even after all this time. Plus the mini cascade down by the Gothic Temple site is coming on in leaps and bounds.

Autumn is well and truly upon us with the leaves turning, the days drawing in but the grass shows no sign of slowing down. We seemed to be constantly grass cutting this summer but surely even it needs a bit of a rest.

Meanwhile our wildlife just goes about the daily business of being. The Coots and Mallards wander about and make a lot of noise, while our Mute swans have gone off for their winter break and hopefully will return in the New Year. A Grey wagtail and Green woodpecker were feeding by the lake side, both a lovely colourful sight. The Squirrels have also been very active these past couple of days scurrying about, looking for and burying conkers and acorns.

All the while the Grey herons look on imperiously from their lofty perches keeping a superior eye on things.

One of the cheeky little Squirrels we have around the Park (picture taken last year)


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One of our Grey herons seen in the Park earlier


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One of our Grey herons pretending to be a Pterodactyl over looking the lake

Are you interested in more photography? Why not come along to out photography day tomorrow? We will have the London Camera Exchange on hand to answer questions as well as Nikon. Perhaps you could even enter our ‘Capture the day’ photo competition with big prizes generously donated by the London Camera Exchange.


Welcome

Hello and welcome to the Prior Park occasional blog.  In it we hope to keep everyone up to date about what is happening here in the Garden, such as coming events, work around the grounds and what wildlife and plants can be seen.

Today started off very peacefully as I wandered around the lakes at the bottom of the Park. The Mute swans with their 9 cygnets were on the top lake patiently waiting for food (we feed them every day), a green woodpecker was feeding on the grassy banks, one of the Grey herons making it’s almost prehistoric call and a little Wren was darting back and forth from its nest in the dam, feeding its young.

Meanwhile the Mallards, Coots, Moorhens and various Gulls were going about their lives on and around lakes.

The peace was shattered by a young fairly newly fledged buzzard being mobbed by some Magpies, somewhat maligned but never the less beautiful birds.

The day then truly started as our Friday volunteers arrived, including Joel  and Nathan, 2 students from France and we all set about strimming and mowing the grass, shattering the peace in the process.

STOP PRESS

News on the cygnets, they had just heard that I was writing this blog and decided to come up into the work yard to have a look, Mum and Dad were a little concerned but in the end came up with them.

The Cygnets decided to explore the world beyond the lakes