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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

Raven mob rule

What wonderful weather we have today, crisp, cold and clear. All is well with the world, except for one of our resident Buzzards. It was getting continually mobbed by one of the local Ravens. Time after time they could be seen above the park whirling around each other, both calling in anger and defence. With the Buzzard eventually buzzing off for a bit of peace and quiet.

The Raven mobbing a Buzzard earlier this morning.

Falling out over Prior Park

Photo of the day

A Raven Flying over the Park today

Great spotted woodpecker and Mallards

I had a very pleasant walk around the park this morning with Roger one of our volunteers looking at the most notable trees we have in the garden. This is to enable him to put together a leaflet for the visitors telling them what trees we have and some of the outstanding features of them. In the short time it took to walk around we saw or heard:

Pied wagtail, Robin, Blackbird, Raven, Buzzard, Mallard, Wren, Long-tailed tit, Mute swan, Redwing, Fieldfare, Blue tit, Great tit, Moorhen, Coot, Grey heron , and Great spotted woodpecker.  The Great spotted woodpecker was the most exciting sighting for me as I have never actually seen one in the park, heard many but never seen one. Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of it so here is one of our Mallards instead

A Male Mallard, honest



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.

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?

Crazy Coots and volunteers

As I sat here in this rather hot office waiting for the computer to boot up a Raven and Green woodpecker flew by, which some sort of compensation for being stuck in, I suppose. Meanwhile we are, I’m afraid down to 5 Cygnets, but the ones that are left are as bold as brass and coolly sat by the lake as Nathan tried to blow grass cuttings  away. Maybe this is their problem, they are too trusting and friendly.

Back in the middle of the lake one of our many crazy Coots is sitting firmly on another batch of eggs, they seem to be permanently sat on nests for the whole of the summer. That’s why we have a lot of them I guess!

Of course while I am stifling in the hot office our gallant Thursday volunteers are doing the real work and removing all the bramble and nettles from the Summerhouse glade, a hard and unglamorous task but they accept it with good grace and charm. What would we do without them?