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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.

Rain and Kingfishers

Once again the weather is playing havoc with our work schedule, but at least we were able to get out and cut the grass. We were rather hampered by our wildfowl blocking the way of the mowers. They had  all decided to lie around rather casually on the grass we had to cut, and  were very reluctant to move, even for our tractor mower. This meant that I had to initially move to a different area.  Even the cygnets were getting in the way,  sitting down while grazing on the grass, not sure why we were cutting, as they were eating it for us!

The weather did turn very dark and gloomy this afternoon. Some times this is the best time to see Prior Park with really dark clouds as a backdrop to the Palladian Bridge and perhaps the electric blue of  a kingfisher as it flies past, on what always seems a very determined mission. They can and do lighten any dark day.

A Kingfisher seen earlier waiting for the right fish to come along