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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

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Snowdrops and a Blue tit

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.

One of our many visitors

Snowdrops basking in the sun


Goosander, Nuthatch and more

This is a bit of a Stop Press, I went to try and get a better picture of the Goldfinch when low and behold a Nuthatch landed nearby. A Buzzard carrying nesting material flew over

The Nuthatch coming in for a feed

The Buzzard carrying a twig for its nest

The female Goosander landing on the Bottom Lake

and a Goosander landed in the bottom lake. An eventful five minutes


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


Nuthatch, Coal tit, Bullfinch, Blue ti……………..

I sat for 5 minutes this morning behind our little willow screen overlooking out bird feeder. All very peaceful and charming and within those 5 minutes I saw numerous Blue and Great tits, a couple of Coal tits and at least 1 Nuthatch and 1 Male Bullfinch, all to the sound of a soaring Buzzard calling, in its rather melancholy way, overhead. If only the whole day was as calm and relaxing as that.

A Bullfinch near the feeder

The Nuthatch eyeing up the food on the feeder


Wildlife Walk

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.

Roe Deer just off the East Path

Anyone know what this is?