Juliet's Jottings

Birdsong - 27th March 2016

WrenThis year there seem to be an exceptional number of robins about: every second bird in the Gardens is flashing a red breast and their song is everywhere. There are also good numbers of wrens. I see two or three darting across a path or diving under a bush every time I walk around. Long-tailed Tits are another species that has come through the winter well, and their chatty little purring calls can frequently be heard.


WoodpeckerOn the big lawns early in the mornings an assortment of Mistle and Song Thrushes, Blackbirds, Chaffinches and Starlings can be found prospecting for breakfast, while gold finches and green finches sing in the surrounding trees, and the drumming of Great Spotted Woodpeckers can be heard from various directions.

Around the water tower Jackdaws call and squabble, and the Raven pair cronk and tussle with any passing crow.

All this activity is more pronounced on calm, sunny mornings, but increases each week as the nesting season approaches.

‘We recently had some friends from London to visit and were looking for something to entertain our young children for the day. We decided to give Exbury Gardens a try and I thought it was wonderful. We had Sunday lunch in the restaurant and the food was far superior to other local attractions so compliments to the chef. Walking through the gardens was beautiful with lots of little pathways to explore. I have lived in the Romsey area for many years and always thought Exbury was a little out of the way but it only took me 20 minutes from the motorway. We will definitely be a regular visitor from now on.’

Philip Moulds, New Forest

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