A popular place, with a small lake, some heath, and some mixed woodland; and loads of dog walkers too. Oh well, can’t have it all to myself.
It’s also home to birds. Never a great variety of species, but those that are there, more than make up for that. Finches, Tits and Robins, mostly, that follow you around near the lake, waiting to be fed. A lot of people put seed down for them, and they’ve quickly learnt that generally, people = food. And they seem pretty fearless; almost tame at times.
So, a few I’ve processed so far, from a lot of pictures taken. Not all were keepers; the dull conditions made sure of that.
This time of the year, there’s usually some good numbers of Mandarin Duck around.
It’s just a shame that the dogs chase them when they come close to the edge, so they spend most of their time on the small island on the lake.
A distant Treecreeper briefly showed himself,
melting into the tree bark, as he crept his way up the trunk.
And where there’s water,
Mention food, and these chaps aren’t usually far away.
Well, I came under the scrutiny of this Robin.
There were quite a few around, and one in particular was doing his best to keep all the other birds away from any food. But the Robins were outnumbered by these,
The Great Tit. They were everywhere, and not at all shy. Unlike this cousin,
the Marsh Tit. Although the lighter panel on the wing, makes me wonder if it’s the Willow Tit.
And very inquisitive too. I love watching their antics as they climb amongst the branches.
I’ll finish for now, on this little chap. Very quick at times, the way they dart in, snatch some food, and then go.
I had a great time this morning with the birds. Being so close to them was really magical; even when a Robin flew so close to my head, I felt his wings brush my hair. Maybe he was telling me to get my haircut.
Have a great weekend.