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.

‘A truly fantastic day out. My wife and I were bowled over by the amazing spring colours of rhododendrons and azaleas and there was literally colour everywhere. There are beautiful areas to walk through as well as places to sit. We took a picnic in the hope of being able to sit by one of the ponds and were not disappointed – the reflections were as spectacular as the real thing! The next thing we want to do is return in the autumn to see the colours change as it must be beautiful’

David Parker, Christchurch

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