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.
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.
Some sad news today, our last remaining Cygnets have unfortunately disappeared. Last year the Swans had a very successful year with 7 eggs transforming into 7 wonderful young healthy Swans. But this year has been a different story, 9 eggs hatched and all was going swimmingly until about 6 weeks ago when the Cygnets started to strangely disappear. We think that they were affected by a parasite which meant that they could not eat and were therefore very weak and prone to getting picked off by anything that fancied a snack.
On a happier note we a visit from a Grey wagtail this morning, despite its name it has a wonderful flash of yellow on its chest and underparts, but it was no substitute for the Cygnets.