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!
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.
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
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,