Having only the morning free I had a wander through Bushey Park. I started in the Woodland Gardens as I wanted to see if the Kingfisher was about - and no he wasn't.
In the Woodland gardens the usual culprits were about:
The Cape Teal (Anas capensis) is till there; I spotted him first back in early March
Male Mandarin duck now with his winter plumage
and Mrs. Mandarin
I'd noticed driving into the park that the Red Deer were very near the road. Whereas outside of the rutting season the stags tend to stay either on their own or in groups, today there were some stags with a group of females and young.
When coming out of the gate of one set of gardens and into another, I could hear sounds of splashing water. This was a stag seemingly having a great time sloshing about in the water. When he had finished his bathing he stood up and "roared". This is a rather throaty sound the stags make during the rutting season.
I suppose given we're about to start the last week in September and the rut really gets going in October, it is not surprising that the first signs are there.
A further indicator of September and autumn is the fungus growing on this tree:
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